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Is Obama Snubbing Russia?

Was President Obama's cancelled meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin a silly snub or smart diplomatic strategy? The Barbershop guys offer a fresh cut on the week's news.
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Texans Call For Boycott Of Retailers That Fought Wage Bill

A group is calling on back-to-school shoppers to boycott Macy's and Kroger stores in Texas this weekend, in retaliation for the national retailers' efforts to quash a bill that would have strengthened the state's wage discrimination law.
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Why Picking Your Berries For $8,000 A Year Hurts A Lot

Picking berries is hard, sometimes backbreaking work. But consumers rarely consider the physical labor required to deliver them fresh fruits and vegetables. In a new book, a medical anthropologist argues that farmworkers deserve better health care.
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Moving On, And Up: Brian Banks, 27, Plays As NFL Rookie

It was just a preseason game, but for Brian Banks, playing for an NFL team Thursday offered a taste of the life he once dreamed of — before he became a convicted felon and lost his chance to go to college, and was finally exonerated.
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I Just Killed My Wife, Miami Man's Facebook Page Says

Miami police say Derek Medina has been charged with first-degree murder. The message, and a "gruesome photo" of a woman's body, were on Facebook for more than five hours Thursday. The social media site removed them later in the day.
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Verdict Today? Wait Continues At Trial Of 'Whitey' Bulger

Jurors are in the fourth day of deliberations on the fate of the Boston gangster, who is accused in 19 murders.
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West Coast Kidnap Suspect May Have Explosives, Police Warn

James Lee DiMaggio is wanted in the disappearance of a 16-year-old girl from Southern California. Her mother's body, and possibly that of her young brother, were found in a burned-out home. Now, police are warning that the suspect may have rigged his vehicle with explosives.
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Powerball Jackpot Winners Include 16 N.J. County Workers

Three winning tickets were sold for the $448.4 million jackpot. Of the two bought in New Jersey, one belongs to 16 people from the vehicle maintenance department in Ocean County. They haven't been identified yet. A Minnesota man, though, has stepped forward to claim his share of the prize.
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Michigan Family Welcomes 12th Child

Jay and Teri Schwandt just had their 12th child — and it's boy just like his 11 brothers. Little Tucker was nine days late, so they thought he might be a girl. Teri's sister has 10 children - they're all boys.
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Kansas City Sandwich Is A 'Hit' With Baseball Teams

Oklahoma Joe's barbecue is a popular spot in Kansas City — especially known for its Z-Man sandwich. The Minnesota Twins ordered 50 Z-Mans on Tuesday, and went on to beat the hometown Royals in a blowout. The next day Oklahoma Joes sent 51 Z-Mans to the Royals. It worked. They beat the Twins 5-2.

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