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Better Weather to Aid in Washington Wildfire Fight

Posted: 07/21/2014 - A complex of fires in north-central Washington had burned about 379 square miles, making it the largest wildfire in the state since record-keeping started. Fire spokesman Andrew Sanbri says calmer winds and cooler temperatures are allowing firefighters to go on the offensive. The fire is just 2 percent contained.

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Afghan Vet Who Fought Wounded Gets Medal of Honor

Posted: 07/21/2014 - Bleeding from both legs and his arm, Ryan Pitts kept firing at about 200 Taliban fighters, even holding onto his grenades an extra moment to ensure the enemy couldn't heave them back. On Monday, President Barack Obama draped the Medal of Honor around his neck, in a White House ceremony that also paid tribute to his nine platoon comrades who died that summer day in Afghanistan.

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Biden: 'Gates Has Been Wrong About Everything'

Posted: 07/21/2014 - While calling him "an outstanding Secretary of Defense" and "a really decent guy," Vice President Joe Biden said Robert Gates "has been wrong about everything" in an article in the latest edition of The New Yorker.

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Perry tells Hispanic group to 'secure' border

Updated: 07/20/2014 - Texas Governor Rick Perry took his border security criticisms to an audience of Hispanic ministers in San Antonio, telling them the federal government should put more Border Patrol troops on the ground and drones in the air to secure the Texas-Mexico border.

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Monitors Try To Secure Crash Site

Posted: 07/19/2014 - International monitors have been moving gingerly among decomposing bodies today, trying to secure the eight square miles in Ukraine where the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 fell to the ground on Thursday.

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High Winds Push Growing Washington Wildfire

Posted: 07/19/2014 - A massive wildfire in north-central Washington is growing rapidly. As of Saturday morning, it had scorched 336 square miles in the scenic Methow Valley.

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US: Can't Rule Out Russian Role in Plane Downing

Posted: 07/18/2014 - U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Friday that the United States cannot rule out that Russia helped in the launch of the surface-to-air missile that shot down a Malaysia Airlines jet over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board.

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Earthquake Risk Increased for One-Third of US

Posted: 07/18/2014 - A new federal earthquake map dials up the shaking hazard just a bit for about one-third of the United States and lowers it for one-tenth of the nation.

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Obama: Plane Shot Down by Missile, 1 American Dead

Posted: 07/18/2014 - President Barack Obama says one American was killed on the plane over Ukraine. He says the airliner was shot down by a surface-to-air missile in an area controlled by Russian-backed separatists.

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Boehner Losing Optimism On Border Legislation Deal

Posted: 07/17/2014 - House Speaker John Boehner says he's losing optimism that Democrats and Republicans can agree on legislation to address the influx of young Central Americans across the U.S. border.

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US Intel Says Malaysian Plane Shot Down By Missile

Updated: 07/17/2014 - A U.S. official says that American intelligence authorities now believe a surface-to-air missile took down the Malaysian passenger plane as it flew over eastern Ukraine Thursday.

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Netanyahu Says Israel Will Hit Hamas Hard

Updated: 07/15/2014 - Violence is expected to intensify after the Islamic militant group Hamas rejected an Egyptian truce plan and instead unleashed more rocket barrages on Israel.

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Egypt Proposes Cease-Fire Between Israel, Hamas

Posted: 07/14/2014 - Egypt presented a cease-fire plan Monday to end a week of heavy fighting between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip that has left at least 185 people dead, and both sides said they were seriously considering the proposal.

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In Rush to Cut Benefits Backlog, VA Made Errors

Updated: 07/16/2014 - An internal watchdog says that in its rush to cut a huge backlog of claims for disability benefits, the Department of Veterans Affairs has a high error rate that results in payments to many veterans who lack adequate medical evidence of a disability.

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Second Probe Details More CDC Anthrax Lab Problems

Posted: 07/14/2014 - A second investigation found more safety problems at federal health laboratories in Atlanta, including the use of expired disinfectants and the transfer of dangerous germs in Ziploc bags.

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Lightning Survivor Has No Memory of Deadly Strike

Posted: 07/14/2014 - A man whose wife was killed by lightning says he doesn't remember hearing or feeling anything when the bolt struck while they were hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park - only waking up to see a friend trying to revive her.

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