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Are There 'Blurred Lines' Over Summer's Hottest Song?

Robin Thicke may have the hit song of the summer, but Marvin Gaye's family says it sounds too familiar — like the melody in Gaye's "Got to Give It Up." Both sides are lawyering up, and the Barbershop guys weigh in on the dustup.
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50,000 Stray Dogs In Detroit? That 'Makes No Sense'

Rescue groups and others dealing with a real problem — packs of stray dogs in many parts of the city — are inflating the figures, a Detroit journalist argues.
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Hurricane Season A Bust? Don't Be So Sure

So far, the Atlantic has been hurricane-free, but one forecaster points out that similar years in the past have had very active second halves.
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Vin Scully Says He'll Return To Dodgers' Booth For 65th Year

Broadcaster Vin Scully has been the voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers for longer than the Dodgers have been in California. And he'll return for his 65th season next year, the team said Friday, extending a streak that includes 25 World Series and the Brooklyn Dodgers' lone title, from 1955.
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Outfielder Ryan Braun Issues An Apology But Skimps On Details

One month after accepting a suspension that ended his season, the Milwaukee Brewer issued a statement apologizing for his actions. But the note, which was posted online, falls far short of the full disclosure many fans and analysts say they expect from the 2011 National League Most Valuable Player.
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Woman Who Talked Down School Gunman Wins President's Praise

Antoinette Tuff had both courage and heart, President Obama says of the woman who persuaded a young man to lay down his weapons after he entered a Georgia elementary school this week. He's planning to invite her to the White House.
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For Democrats, Scranton Is The New 'It' City

Obama and Biden will be making yet another visit to Scranton on Friday. The northeastern Pennsylvania city has become a must-stop for politicians trying to connect with working-class voters.
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Obamacare To Force Millions To Upgrade Insurance

Despite promises by President Obama that people can keep the insurance they have once Obamacare is in full effect, millions will have to upgrade their policies to meet the benefit standards laid out by the Affordable Care Act. The measure will be in full swing this January.
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Obama Takes To The Road To Push College Affordability Plan

Day 2 of President Obama's education-themed bus tour rolls into Binghamton, N.Y., and then travels to Pennsylvania for a stop in Scranton. On Friday, the president will have more praise for colleges that work hard to keep costs down and degree production up.
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Nasdaq Glitch Is The Latest Technical Snafus For Markets

New questions are being raised about the reliability of U.S. financial markets after all trading in Nasdaq stocks was shut down for three hours on Thursday. Nasdaq blamed the problem on its system for quoting prices. The trading halt immediately led to calls for markets to make their software systems more robust and compatible.

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