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ACLU Pushes For Answers On Drone Strikes

Drone strikes ordered by the Obama administration have killed more than a dozen al-Qaida leaders around the world. But when the ACLU asked for more information about the targeted killing, the CIA said it's a secret. Now the case is headed to federal appeals court.
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Good Samaritan's Car Averts Pedestrian Crash

A flat tire could have been tragic for an Ohio man — but for a Good Samaritan who stopped to help, and who's own car was then struck by a drunk driver. Gerald Gronowski told The Plain Dealer in Cleveland that he and his son would surely have been hit as they stood on the shoulder.
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Alpha Closing 8 Coal Mines, Eliminating 1,200 Jobs

Facing competition from cheap natural gas, coal producer Alpha Natural Resources said it's cutting production by 16 million tons and eliminating 1,200 jobs companywide. The cuts include 400 jobs with the immediate closing of eight mines in Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
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Strike Over, Chicago Students Go Back To Classes

About 350,000 students had attended classes for less than a week before the strike began last Monday. Members of the union's House of Delegates voted Tuesday to suspend the strike after learning details of a tentative contract agreement.
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Flap Over Romney's Tax Remarks Still Generates Buzz

The fall out continues from GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's remarks at a secretly taped fundraising event. In the video, released by Mother Jones magazine, Romney said 47 percent of Americans will vote for President Obama because they pay no income taxes and believe they are victims. On CBS, Obama criticized Romney's remark on David Letterman's program Tuesday night. Earlier, Romney went on Fox to defend his comments.
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Univision Cries Foul, Hosts Own Presidential Forums

Univision will broadcast the first of two one-on-one discussions with the presidential candidates Wednesday night. The event follows a confrontation between Univision and the Commission on Presidential Debates — the nonprofit group that sponsors and produces candidate debates.
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Shuttle Endeavour Is On Its Way To California

The third of the fleet of four to head off to a retirement home, the shuttle will end its journey in Los Angeles. Along the way it will stop in Houston. There will also be flybys, weather permitting, over San Francisco and Sacramento.
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So What Happens If The Farm Bill Expires? Not Much, Right Away

The farm bill is likely to be left on the table when Congress leaves for recess, but don't panic. The nutrition and commodity programs will likely be extended after Election Day at current funding levels for a while, if the last session is any guide.

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