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At Tech-Free Camps, People Pay Hundreds To Unplug

As electronic communication grows more pervasive, demand is growing for paid retreats where you have to surrender all electronic devices. One participant says giving up his phone for a weekend was "liberating"; another says she was inspired to observe tech-free Friday nights.
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Boy Saved From Drowning By Woman Posing For Engagement Photo

Becki Salmon and her fiancé were posing on the banks of a fast-moving creek in a Philadelphia park. That is until a five-year-old boy started drowning right behind them, reports WPVI TV. Salmon, who's a trained lifeguard, jumped into the water and saved the boy.
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Prescott's July 4 Celebrations Honor Fallen Firefighters

For the nearly 700 firefighters trying to smother the Arizona blaze that killed 19 of their own on Sunday, July 4th was another day on the hill. An interagency investigation team was collecting evidence to figure out what went wrong. And in nearby Prescott — home to the Granite Mountain Hotshots — the town went ahead with its holiday celebration.
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Louisville TV Station Promises Not To Hype Breaking News

Sick of the hype that desperate local TV news programs use to try to draw viewers, a station in Louisville, Kentucky, is making a bold promise: If news isn't breaking at that moment, the station won't call it breaking news. It is part of a new compact with viewers and advertisers not to hype the news.
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Education Reform Movement Learns Lesson From Old Standards

Under the No Child Left Behind law, states saw low test scores and the lowering of score standards. Advocates for the more rigorous Common Core standards say it will be harder for states to hide their failing schools.
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HarborFest Celebrates Boston's Role In American Independence

Boston, the birthplace of the American Revolution, has kicked off its summer with HarborFest. The annual event provides work for lots of unemployed actors, who get to show off their faux British accents while wearing red-coat costumes. Other actors get to be revolutionaries in tri-cornered hats.
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Crowd Relishes Hot Dog Eating Contest

It wouldn't be the Fourth of July holiday without a hot dog eating contest. The 38th Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest was held on Coney Island Thursday. Joey Chestnut won the men's division and Sonya Thomas was the women's champion.
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Whose Term Was It? A Look Back At The Supreme Court

The end of this latest Supreme Court term leaves us with questions: Is it Justice Kennedy's court or Justice Roberts'? Does pragmatism triumph over ideological purity?
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NSA's Reach Leads To Calls For Updated Eavesdropping Laws

The nation's largest intelligence agency has seen its power — and abilities — greatly expand over the past decade. Both privacy advocates and security experts agree that the laws governing electronic eavesdropping have not kept pace with technology.
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Jobless Rate Likely Stayed Near 7.6 Percent In June

When the Labor Department releases June's employment report Friday morning, economists also expect to hear that 165,000 jobs were added to payrolls last month.

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