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Washington State Man Tries To Rid House Of Spider

The man made a makeshift blowtorch with a lighter and a can of spray paint. He sprayed flames toward the spider, and of course set his house on fire — causing $60,000 in damage.
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The GOP Now Likes Community Organizing (If It Wins Elections)

Yes, Republicans plan to use technology to get out voters in the midterms much like President Obama used it in 2012. But he was Sputnik to their planned moon landing, an official said.
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Panama's Ex-Strongman Sues Over 'Call Of Duty' Video Game

Manuel Noriega accuses the makers of the game of profiting from his likeness and harming his reputation.
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Kerry Accuses Senate Of Hobbling American Diplomacy

Secretary of State John Kerry argues the Senate confirmation process is broken, leaving the administration without ambassadors to about 50 countries. Most of them are career foreign service officers.
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California's Death Penalty Declared Unconstitutional

Unlike many recent death penalty rulings, the decision wasn't focused on the method of execution, but on the fact that executions in California are so rarely carried out. The last was in 2006.
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N.C. Governor Causes Controvery With Poet Laureate Appointment

Valerie Macon, who works full-time at the state's Department of Health and Human Services, will be the next poet laureate. The literary community says the governor bypassed normal channels.
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Google Experiments With Mapping Climate Change

Google and the Environmental Defense Fund have teamed up to detect methane leaks in a few U.S. cities. The leaks don't usually pose an immediate threat, but they do contribute to climate change.
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Commission To Decide If Some Federal Inmates Will Be Let Out Early

The Sentencing Commission meets Friday to vote on a plan that could send home tens of thousands of federal inmates convicted of drug trafficking.
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U.S. Border Patrol Chief Faces Media Scrutiny Head-On

On Friday, we'll hear from the new commissioner of Customs and Border Protection Gil Kerlikowske, and find out why he's pushing for more transparency at his agency.
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U.S. Firms Beat Corporate Taxes By Moving Their Headquarters Abroad

Renee Montagne talks to David Wessel of the Brookings Institution about corporate income taxes. Many businesses, analysts and politicians argue the U.S. system is broken.

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