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Militants Sweep Through Iraq's North, Mobilizing Exodus Of Refugees

After a week of fighting and conflicting accounts, militants with the Islamic State have reportedly captured Iraq's largest dam. The development spells danger for much of Iraq's civilian population.
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With Gazans' Eyes On Cairo, Hamas Hopes For Leverage

War's toll on Gaza has been brutal, claiming civilians' lives and leveling buildings. But Hamas and many Gazans say the conflict was necessary, because they had run out of options in negotiating. If Palestinians come away with concessions after peace talks in Egypt, many think the damage will all have been worthwhile.
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U.S. Considers Taking To Air To Aid Iraqis Marooned On Mountaintop

The White House is considering several military options to address an emergency humanitarian crisis in northern Iraq. The administration may approve either air strikes or airdrops of food and medicine to help tens of thousands of refugees stranded on a mountaintop.
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Iraq's Widening War Imperils A Religious Minority

The Yazidis are an ancient religious sect concentrated in a remote corner of Iraq. They've been thrust into the spotlight of Iraq's nasty conflict, with thousands taking refuge in barren mountains.
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Michigan Man Found Guilty In Shooting Death Of Girl On His Porch

The white homeowner said he shot the 19-year-old because he'd felt threatened when she pounded on his door after 4 a.m. She had crashed her car about half a mile from his house.
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The Politics Hour

Sorting political fact from fiction, and having fun while we're at it. DC residents will decide in November whether to take the next step--legalizing marijuana. The trail of former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell wraps up. And taxi app...

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Your Turn

The NCAA considers letting the top five sports conferences set looser scholarship rules, the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit comes to a close and a guitarist sues Metro so he can play for tips there. It's your turn to set the agenda.

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American Fun: Four Centuries of Joyous Revolt

From the Boston Tea Party to rock 'n roll, Americans have always taken their fun seriously. A new books reveals the spirit of joyous rebellion going back to the Pilgrims.

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Long Process Begins To Win Non-Violent Drug Offenders Pardons

It's all part of an effort to clear overcrowded prisons of non-violent drug offenders who would have received shorter sentences if they had been convicted today.
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Federal Judges Weigh Gay Marriage Cases From 4 States

The outcome of the hearing could put more pressure on the Supreme Court to make a decision on states' same-sex marriage bans.

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