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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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NCAA Will Stop Selling Player Jerseys, Takes Web Shop Down

Stung by fresh accusations that the NCAA makes money off college athletes, the organization has promised to stop selling jerseys and similar products. The move came days after ESPN analyst Jay Bilas tweeted pics of the NCAA Shop selling jerseys corresponding to current players' numbers.
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Obama Supports Some Senators' Call For NSA Reform

At his press conference on Friday, President Obama promised more transparency about the government's secret national security surveillance programs. The president expressed support for some reform efforts being considered in Congress and called for the release of more documents that explain how and why the surveillance effort works and whether it safeguards the privacy of Americans.
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Is Clint Dempsey Too Good For U.S. Soccer?

The best soccer leagues in the world are in Europe and even Americans want to be good enough to play in them. Clint Dempsey accomplished that, playing in England's Premier League, but now he's coming home. In a move that surprised a lot of people, Dempsey has joined the Seattle Sounders. Audie Cornish talks to sportswriter Stefan Fatsis for more.
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Texas Congressman Pulled In Two Directions Over Immigration

Second term GOP congressman Blake Farenthold is being targeted during Congress' summer recess by advocates of the Senate's immigration bill. Activists are organizing petitions and a demonstration at Farenthold's "open house" at his Corpus Christi office. And opponents are fighting back.
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Encrypted Email Services Shuttered Amid Snowden Investigation

Lavabit, an encrypted email service reportedly used by former government contractor Edward Snowden, ceased operations yesterday. In a message to users, the owner of Lavabit hinted that the company was the target of a request for information about customers from the federal government. He said he chose to shut down his service instead of becoming "complicit in crimes against the American people." Later in the day, another secure email service, called Silent Circle, also shuttered itself.

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