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Cow Town Opts For Funk Over Funky Smell

The stench of cattle haunts Greeley, Colo., and that's not doing the tourism industry any favors. The city, long reliant on meatpacking, is desperately trying to shake its image by constructing a new one.
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Durbin, Harkin Take On Immigration Critic In His Own District

Democratic senators Dick Durbin and Tom Harkin went to Republican Rep. Steve King's Iowa district on Friday to refute his statement about "Dreamers" — young people brought to the U.S. by undocumented parents — that even some top Republicans called outrageous.
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Jury Rejects Death Penalty For Somali Pirates

Prosecutors had sought the death penalty for the three men convicted of murder, piracy and kidnapping in the 2011 seizure of a yacht off the coast of Oman.
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Congress May Be Getting Its Own Obamacare Glitch Fixed

The Obama administration says it has solved a thorny issue that threatened the health insurance coverage of more than 10,000 congressional staffers. But critics say the administration is overstepping its legal authority.
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Obama Nominee For IRS Chief Has History With Tough Tasks

President Obama has nominated John Koskinen as commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service. While the president calls him "an expert at turning around institutions in need of reform," Koskinen will likely face tough questions from Republicans during his upcoming confirmation hearings.
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Congressional Recess Isn't A Cease-Fire; It's A Chance To Reload

The idea of compromise has vanished from Congress. And there were no signs Friday that anything will be different when it returns in September from its five-week break.
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Supreme Court Denies California Delay On Prisoner Release

In 2011, the justices ordered the state to release 10,000 inmates to relieve prison overcrowding that they deemed "cruel and unusual punishment".
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Yellowstone Geyser Erupts After Years Of Silence

Melissa Block talks to a Yellowstone park visitor who was lucky enough to see Steamboat Geyser erupting for the first time in eight years.
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U.S. State Department Cautiously On Alert

U.S. embassies and consulates throughout the Muslim world will be closed on Sunday and possible for longer. The State Department says it is taking the step "out of an abundance of caution" and wouldn't say if they are receiving direct threats. Members of Congress say there are concerns about an al-Qaida-linked attack. Last year, the U.S. ambassador to Libya was killed in Benghazi, along with three other Americans. At that time, there were also violent protests at U.S. embassies in Cairo and Tunisia.
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What A New Surveillance Court Could Look Like

Foreign Intelligence Surveillance courts received increased attention following the leaks about programs monitoring U.S. citizens. Some lawmakers are proposing changes to secret courts, including Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.). He speaks with Melissa Block about the proposal.

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