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Man Survives Attack By Shark, Snake, Lightning ...

Erik Norrie was on vacation in the Bahamas when a shark bit into his leg. He fought it off and survived after massive surgery this week. This was not his first brush with brutal forces of nature, though. Guest host Celeste Headlee explains.
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Obama Reaffirms Support Of NSA Programs

Speaking at a White House press conference, the president acknowledged that some Americans might believe that the government can read their emails or listen to their phone calls. But President Obama insisted the programs are conducted lawfully, don't violate privacy rights and are critical to national security.
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Obama Outlines Surveillance Proposal

In a wide-ranging news conference before summer vacation, President Obama announced a series of steps designed to boost confidence that government surveillance efforts are not trampling Americans' privacy.
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Kerry, Hagel Aim To Ease U.S.-Russian Tensions

The U.S. secretaries of state and defense met their Russian counterparts for a day of talks in Washington on Friday. They hope to find common ground despite U.S.-Russian friction over the Edward Snowden asylum case.
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2014 Senate Math Favors Republicans But Primary Battles Loom

To win a Senate majority in 2014, the GOP will have to avoid primary election sideshows that in recent years led to the nomination of seriously flawed candidates.
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Bocce Ball: From Old-World Sport To New-School Phenomenon

Bocce ball bars are popping up all over the country, integrating an ancient Roman sport with a young crowd of drinking socializers. While originally a sport for old Italian men, bocce is being played more by people between the ages of 20 and 40.
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Why Didn't The Store Just Let Oprah Buy The $38,000 Handbag?

Can you ever be rich enough or famous enough or beautiful enough to not be racially profiled while shopping?
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Obama's Challenge: Answer Snowden Without Seeming To

Heading into Friday's news conference, President Obama had a delicate balancing act before him: how to acknowledge the widespread concerns about National Security Agency surveillance without legitimizing the actions of leaker Edward Snowden.
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Transcript: President Obama's News Conference

Obama said he will work with Congress to change domestic surveillance programs, and took questions ranging from U.S.-Russian relations to his pending choice for Fed chief.
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Did Tyson Ban Doping Cows With Zilmax To Boost Foreign Sales?

Tyson Foods said it will stop using the controversial drug, which fattens cattle, because of potential animal welfare issues. But many in the beef industry say the company is just interested in boosting exports to countries like China and the European Union, where growth-promoting drugs for meat production are banned.

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