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Vietnamese General Who Led Fight Against U.S., France, Dies

Vo Nguyen Giap, who masterminded the French defeat at Dien Bien Phu in 1954 and the Tet Offensive against U.S. and South Vietnamese forces 14 years later, died Friday at a hospital in Hanoi.
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A Grass-Roots Rally To Protect South Carolina's Massive 'Angel Oak'

The storied tree near Charleston, with an expansive canopy and massive, gnarled branches that sweep the ground, attracts thousands of visitors each year. Local conservationists are rushing to raise enough money to buy the land around the centuries-old live oak to protect it from development.
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Friday Morning Political Mix

President Obama's Asia trip became a shutdown casualty... the Republican establishment is unhappy with the Tea Party movement whose members probably couldn't care less... the shutdown is causing real damage to the private sector.
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4 Things To Know On Day 4 Of The Shutdown

Though there's no end in sight to the standoff, there are reports that Republican lawmakers are looking for a new way to strike a deal.
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Squirrel Steals The Show At Golf Tournament

Golfer Davis Love scooped up the lost baby squirrel at the President's Cup tournament on Thursday, worried he'd get struck. By the end of the day, Sammy's cute face had stolen the spotlight and he was named the unofficial mascot of team USA.
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What We Know So Far About Woman Killed In D.C. Chase

Law enforcement authorities say the woman was Miriam Carey, a dental hygienist from Stamford, Conn. The car they say she was driving rammed a security barrier at the White House, then took off toward the U.S. Capitol. There, police killed the driver.
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Skydive And Build A Website At The Same Time

Designers Chris Hirst and Leo Zhao are the first to do both at the same time — skydive and develop a website. The stunt was promoting their product Designbymobile. The message: we've made web designing so easy, you can do it anywhere.
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Monitoring For Signs Of Bias In Media's Shutdown Reporting

The federal government has been partially closed for four days now. While covering the shutdown, newsrooms are struggling with how to be even-handed while accurately explaining what's happening.
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Federal Shutdown Is Double Whammy For Flooded Colo. Town

As the town of Estes Park, Colorado, struggles to recover from devastating flood waters, it's been dealt a new blow: the significant economic impact caused by the partial shutdown of the federal government. Renee Montagne talks to Amy Hamrick, who runs a coffee shop in Estes Park.
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Shutdown Showdown: Assessing Obama's Negotiating Tactics

President Obama says he won't negotiate with Republicans over the debt ceiling, but he's happy to talk once the government is open and the full faith and credit of the United States is assured. Experts in negotiation weigh in about the tactics and the strategy being used during the budget impasse.

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