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A Postcard From Rio, Where World Cup Readiness Remains Uncertain

Less than 50 days remain until the kickoff of the World Cup in Brazil. Many questions persist about the country's readiness and the potential for further protests.
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Week In Politics: Middle East Peace Talks And Ukraine Offensive

Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss turmoil in Ukraine and the suspension of Middle East peace talks.
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Obama Offers Support And Condolences In Somber South Korea

President Obama is in South Korea, on another stop in his four-nation swing through East Asia. He voiced support for the country amid North Korea's threats to detonate another nuclear device.
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Family Tree Of Pertussis Traced, Could Lead To Better Vaccine

Scientists tracking the ancestry of whooping cough say it arose abruptly in humans about 500 years ago, caused by a mutated bacterium that once lived only in animals. Genetic tricks helped it spread.
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Heated Words On Air Often Don't Match Events On Ground In Ukraine

Reports of what transpired during the Ukrainian offensive are stirring some confusion. Fewer people died than initially reported, and life appears normal in the allegedly besieged city of Slovyansk.
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Deadly Disease Out Of Middle East Draws Concerns Of Pandemic

Cases of Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, are on the rise in Saudi Arabia. That's prompting concern among public health officials that the MERS virus has become more virulent.
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Company Hopes To Strike It Rich By Mining Pacific Seafloor

Nautilus Minerals has signed a contract with the government of Papua New Guinea to extract cooper, gold and silver from a depth of 5,000 feet.
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Gasoline Prices Rise As U.S. Refineries Send More Fuel Overseas

Prices are higher in large part because Gulf Coast refineries are exporting more gasoline to Latin America, analysts say. The average is about 18 cents a gallon more than it was a year ago.
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Cliven Bundy, #myNYPD: Public Relations Fails?

Both rancher Cliven Bundy and the New York Police Department had a rough week in the spotlight. The Barbershop guys weigh in on the risks of talking or tweeting too much.
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Is Anti-Semitism In Ukraine A Real Threat?

Tensions remain high in Ukraine, and there are also concerns that anti-Semitism is taking root during the political crisis. Richard Brodsky of Demos discusses the issue.

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