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UPDATE: Decisions Still to Come on Details of Arming Syrian Rebels

Updated: 07/17/2013 - UPDATE: Now that President Barack Obama has decided to authorize lethal aid to Syrian rebels, decisions will have to be made on just what type of weapons -- and how many of them -- to send in, and how to make sure the weapons stay out of the hands of extremists who are battling for control of Syria.

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China Newspaper: Snowden Could be Useful to China

Posted: 06/14/2013 - A popular Communist Party-backed newspaper is urging China's leadership to get more information from former defense contractor Edward Snowden rather than send him back to the U.S., because his revelations about secret U.S. surveillance programs concern China's national interest.

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2 Found Dead in Area Burned by Colo. Wildfire

Posted: 06/14/2013 - The massive wildfire near Colorado Springs has now claimed two lives and prompted the first evacuation orders within city limits after shifting winds drove flames in every direction.

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US Unemployment Benefit Applications Fall to 334K

Posted: 06/13/2013 - The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dropped 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 334,000 last week, a hopeful sign that steady job gains will continue.

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US Retail Sales Jump 0.6 Percent in May on Autos

Posted: 06/13/2013 - Americans stepped up spending at retail businesses in May at the best pace in three months, fueled by more car purchases. The gain shows consumers remain resilient despite higher taxes and could drive faster growth later this year.

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Inspector in Philly Collapse Commits Suicide

Posted: 06/13/2013 - An official says an inspector who surveyed a Philadelphia building before it collapsed last week, killing six people, has committed suicide.

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Southern Baptists Address Prisoners and Trafficking

Updated: 06/13/2013 - The Southern Baptist Convention tackled topics at its annual meeting this week that seemed to show a concern for a broadening array of social issues. Those included human trafficking and the country's high rate of incarceration.

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Southern Baptists Expected to Address Scouting

Updated: 06/12/2013 - The Southern Baptist Convention is expected to take a stand against the Boy Scouts of America's acceptance of gay members at the denomination's annual meeting in Houston.

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Nelson Mandela Remains in Hospital

Posted: 06/09/2013 - Former South African President Nelson Mandela has spent a second night in a hospital, where he is being treated for a recurring lung infection.

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Operator in Philly Collapse Deaths in Custody

Posted: 06/09/2013 - Police say a heavy equipment operator who is accused of being high on marijuana when a downtown building collapsed onto a thrift store, killing six people, is in custody after surrendering to face charges in the deaths.

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Andrea's Rain Spawns Flood Watches on East Coast

Posted: 06/08/2013 - Soaking rains spawned numerous flood watches and pushed some streams and creeks over their banks throughout the Northeast, yet the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season sped up the Eastern Seaboard without causing major damage.

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Prison Food Tasting

Posted: 06/07/2013 - Eastern State Penitentiary will serve visitors sample inmate meals from the 1830s, 1940s and today.

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