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Surprise Contenders In The Running For U.S. Open Title

At the U.S. Open, two female tennis players have reached their first Grand Slam semifinals. David Greene talks to Courtney Nguyen, a contributing writer for Sports Illustrated.
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Federal Judge Upholds Louisiana's Ban On Gay Marriage

The decision marks the first time a federal court has upheld a gay marriage ban since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act last year.
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Nevada Likely To Become Home To Tesla's Battery Factory

Several states, including California and Texas, are in competition for the so-called Gigafactory, which is expected to employ as many as 6,500 workers. They will make lithium ion batteries.
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Gentlemen, Preschool Is Calling

New York City is scrambling to make good on its promise to provide preschool for all. That means hiring roughly 1,000 new teachers. But few will likely be men.
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Dead Chickens, A Tiny Motor And The Story Of Alibaba

Alibaba is the biggest e-commerce company in the world. It may also save the lives of a few chickens in Northern California.
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Ferguson Police Tactics Draw Justice Department Investigation

The department will launch an inquiry into the city's police force, with a focus on looking for a pattern or practice of discriminatory policing.
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The Business Of Halloween Means You Can Buy An Arm And A Leg

Americans spend billions on the fall holiday — especially for elaborate costumes and decorations. And companies that specialize in Hollywood horror props also make them for Halloween enthusiasts.
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'We Will Emerge From This Ordeal,' Slain Journalist's Family Says

The remarks by Steven Sotloff's family come a day after the Islamic State group released a video that showed a militant beheading the freelance journalist.
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Colorado Republicans Buck National Party Trends On Immigration

If the GOP is going to try to make inroads with Latinos in swing states, they might take a look at the former steel town of Pueblo, Colo., where Republicans say their pitch is starting to resonate.
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You Can Buy Happiness, If It's An Experience

Experiences tend to make people happier than material possessions, research shows. And looking forward to an experience like a concert can feel much better than awaiting the latest smartphone release.

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