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Fire Near San Francisco Expands

Posted: 09/09/2013 - A wildfire burning in a San Francisco Bay Area wilderness park is growing, forcing more people to leave their homes and leading to a smoke advisory for area residents.

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Obama Sees Potential Breakthrough in Weapons Idea

Posted: 09/09/2013 - President Barack Obama says a proposal to put Syria's chemical weapons under international control to avoid U.S. military strikes could be a potential breakthrough.

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AP Poll: Most Americans Oppose Strike on Syria

Posted: 09/09/2013 - Only 1 in 5 Americans believe that failing to respond to chemical weapons attacks in Syria would embolden other rogue governments, rejecting the heart of a weeks-long White House campaign for U.S. military strikes, an Associated Press poll concluded Monday.

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Zimmerman Lawyer Says no Gun Threat Against Wife

Updated: 09/09/2013 - George Zimmerman's attorney says his client never threatened his estranged wife and her father with a gun even though Shellie Zimmerman reported that in a 911 call.

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Report: Ruling Allowed NSA Search of Domestic Email

Posted: 09/08/2013 - A newspaper is reporting that the Obama administration quietly won permission from a surveillance court in 2011 for the National Security Agency to search for Americans' communications in its huge databases of intercepted phone calls and emails.

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Obama to Meet with Democrats Before Syria Speech

Posted: 09/08/2013 - A Senate Democratic aide says President Barack Obama will meet with Senate Democrats Tuesday to seek support for U.S. military action against the government of Syria.

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US: Proven Link of Assad to Gas Attack Lacking

Posted: 09/08/2013 - The White House asserted Sunday that a "common-sense test" dictates the Syrian government is responsible for a chemical weapons attack that President Barack Obama says demands a U.S. military response.

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NASA Launches Robotic Explorer to Moon from Va.

Updated: 09/07/2013 - NASA's newest robotic explorer rocketed into space late Friday in an unprecedented moonshot from Virginia that dazzled sky watchers along the East Coast.

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Freeh: Some Corruption in BP Settlement Program

Updated: 09/07/2013 - An independent probe by former FBI director Louis Freeh has concluded that several private plaintiffs' attorneys worked together to corrupt a settlement process designed to compensate victims of BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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NOAA Invests $1.3 Million with University and Federal Researchers for Hurricane Forecasting Advances

Updated: 09/06/2013 - NOAA’s Office of Weather and Air Quality has funded seven multi-year proposals totaling $1.3 million this year for university partners and federal scientists to more rapidly and smoothly transfer new technology, research results, and observational advances through NOAA’s Joint Hurricane Testbed (JHT) to operational hurricane forecasting.

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AP Survey: House Shows Opposition to Syria Attack

Posted: 09/06/2013 - House members who are willing to give their positions are either opposed to or leaning against President Barack Obama's plan for a U.S. military strike against Syria by nearly a 6-to-1 margin.

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US Spies Missed Signs of Aug. 21 Syrian Strike

Posted: 09/04/2013 - U.S. intelligence agencies did not detect the Syrian regime readying a massive chemical weapons attack in the days ahead of the strike, only piecing together what had happened after the fact, U.S. officials say.

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Immigrant Fights to Become California Lawyer

Posted: 09/04/2013 - Sergio Garcia arrived in the U.S. illegally 20 years ago to pick almonds in the field with his father. But that was not all he wanted for his life.

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Obama Wins Senate Panel's Backing on Syria Strike

Updated: 09/04/2013 - President Barack Obama's request for speedy congressional backing of a military strike in Syria advanced Wednesday toward a showdown Senate vote, hours after the commander in chief left open the possibility he would order retaliation for a deadly chemical weapons attack even if Congress withheld its approval.

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Study: Most States Lack Disaster Plans for Kids

Posted: 09/04/2013 - Eight years after Hurricane Katrina, most states still don't require four basic safety plans to protect children in school and child care from disasters, aid group Save the Children said in a report released Wednesday.

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MIT's Fog Harvester Is a Better Way To Get Water From Thin Air

Posted: 09/03/2013 - In some of this planet’s driest regions, where rainfall is rare or even nonexistent, a few specialized plants and insects have devised ingenious strategies to provide themselves with the water necessary for life: They pull it right out of the air, from fog that drifts in from warm oceans nearby.

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Syria Resolution Sets Deadline, Bars Ground Forces

Posted: 09/03/2013 - The Senate resolution authorizing President Barack Obama to use military force against Syria would bar American ground troops for combat operations and set a deadline for any action.

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Holmes' Lawyers File New Death Penalty Challenges

Posted: 09/03/2013 - Lawyers for Colorado theater shooting defendant James Holmes have filed six new constitutional challenges to the death penalty, saying execution is cruel and unusual punishment.

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Obama Has Bipartisan Support for Syria Strike

Updated: 09/03/2013 - President Barack Obama's call for a military strike in Syria won significant momentum Tuesday, with leaders of both parties in Congress announcing they are convinced that Syrian President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons against his own people and that the United States should respond.

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