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Drought Deepens In Hardest Hit Parts Of U.S.

The size of the area where the drought is judged to be "exceptional" (the worst rating) grew again. So did those stretches where the drought is said to be "severe" or "extreme."
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Coming Up: Friday's Olympic Best Bets

Track and field will hold eight of today's 17 medal events, as the Summer Olympics moves into its final weekend. The U.S. men's basketball team plays to get into the gold medal game, and the day's highlights also include an intriguing men's soccer bronze-medal match between South Korea and Japan.
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In Wisconsin, Thousands Pay Homage To Sikh Temple Shooting Victims

After a public wake and visitation this morning, members of the temple that was attacked will gather for an "akhand path." During that rite, priests will read aloud the religion's holy book. It will take about 48 hours.
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Doing The Write Thing In Portland, Maine

The Telling Room engages with communities that are underserved by the public school system and inspires young people in Portland to explore the pleasures of the written word.
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Sikh Shooting Puts Focus On Hate Groups At Home

The attack at a Sikh temple by a gunman with ties to white supremacists has raised questions about domestic terrorism — and what law enforcement is doing to stop it. In recent years, the Internet, the worsening economy and changing demographic patterns have given new voice to hate groups.
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Why Evading U.S. Rules May 'Tempt' Foreign Banks

The London-based Standard Chartered Bank faces charges of laundering Iranian funds and violating U.S. sanctions against Tehran. The U.S. has laws in place regulating foreign assets, but how effective are they?

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