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Obama To Press Congress On Student Loan Rates

Interest rates on government-backed college loans are set to double July 1 — unless Congress agrees on a fix before then. The president is expected to urge Congress on Friday to block that increase.
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Cherishing The Gift Of Friendship Through A Cancer Bout

In 2004, Peter Obetz was in the middle of a divorce when he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. He says the news was not only a wake-up call for him to change his life, but it also brought him closer to his friend Jeff Jarrett. He's been cancer-free since 2009.
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American Woman Killed In Syria Fighting, Family Says

Family members told the Detroit Free Press that the FBI had confirmed that Nicole Lynn Mansfield, 33, was killed while fighting in Syria. She reportedly was fighting for the rebels against the Assad regime. Syrian TV said she was killed along with two other Westerners.
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A Spelling Bee Veteran Finally Wins With 'Knaidel'

Thirteen-year-old Arvind Mahankali of New York spelled the word correctly to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday night. And, in case you're wondering, a knaidel is a type of dumpling.
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Report Says Al-Qaida Diminished, But Affiliates Still A Threat

The State Department's Country Terrorism report also says that Iran has boosted its support of global terrorism to a level not seen since the 1990s.
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TSA: No More Graphic, Full-Body Airport Scans

The agency has finished retrofitting controversial full-body scanners with software that allows only a generic outline of the passenger's body to be seen.
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War Zone Visit A McCain Trademark

Trips to war zones have become a signature for Sen. John McCain. While some senators use poster board displays on the Senate floor to make their points, McCain goes them one better and by posing in dangerous places alongside wary men with semiautomatic rifles.

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