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Challenging Obama, Putin Appeals Directly To Americans On Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin made an unusual and direct appeal to the American people Wednesday night to reject President Obama's calls for possible use of force against Syria, using an op-ed in The New York Times to counter many of the arguments Obama made 24 hours earlier in a speech to the nation.
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Conservatives Use Budget Deadline To Revive Obamacare Debate

With the pause button pushed on the congressional debate over Syria, the House is turning its attention back to the budget. The House was supposed to act this week to avoid a government shutdown at the end of the month, and Republican leaders had hoped to avoid drama. But drama is brewing.
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Satellite Image Suggests North Korea Is Restarting Reactor

A photo snapped from space shows steam rising from the facility housing the 5-megawatt reactor at Yongbyon that was dismantled as part of disarmament efforts five years ago.
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Army Looks To Schools To Find The Next Cyberwarriors

Security experts say the U.S. has a dearth of professionals qualified to take on cyberthreats like attacks on power grids or defense systems. A school district in Alabama and the U.S. Army Cyber Command have teamed up to help prepare a new generation for cyberwarfare careers.
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Coming Soon: A Jolt Of Caffeine You Can Spray On Your Skin

A topical caffeine spray will be available for purchase in November. Creator Ben Yu says spraying caffeine instead of drinking it will provide a more steady stream of energy.
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Congress Looks Beyond Syria To Its Next Fight

With the Syria debate on hold, Congress now must pivot to the continuing resolution needed to keep the federal government from shutting down Oct. 1.
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Pets Or Livestock? A Moral Divide Over Horse Slaughter

Horse slaughter is banned in the U.S., but thousands of American horses are shipped to Canada and Mexico for slaughter every year. Investors argue restarting the practice in the U.S. would be better for business and offer a more humane end for horses that are neglected under the current model.
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Unions Open Their Doors Wider As Membership Falls

As the AFL-CIO wraps up its convention, union membership continues its long decline and blue collar workers struggle with eroding living standards and high rates of unemployment. Facing such dire trouble, the labor movement is seeking to attract members and partners who don't belong to unions.
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Kerry's Syria Switch May Not Have Been Offhanded After All

Robert Siegel talks with Peter Nicholas, White House reporter for The Wall Street Journal, about the chain of events that led to a U.S.-backed Russian plan to have Syria hand over its chemical weapons.
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Proposed Alaska Road Pits Villagers Against Environmentalists

A proposed road in Alaska is pitting residents against environmentalists. The people who live in a remote village want better access to an airport with year-round flights to Anchorage for medical emergencies. But the road would cut through a wilderness area, which environmentalists say would set a bad precedent.

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