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Obama Skirts Traditional Media To Get His Message Out

President Obama, like his predecessors George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, has chafed at the conventions of communicating through the mainstream media. So while he uses print and broadcast every day, he and staff have sought out a host of non-traditional media means for reaching new audiences in new ways.
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Tesla's Stock Boosts Projections For Carmakers Staying Power

High-end electric automaker Tesla has beat Wall Streets expectations and turned a profit for the second quarter. But will that be enough to help give the company power to sustain for the long term?
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Rain Pounds Missouri Town, Floods Rivers

In Missouri, several communities have been ravaged by flooding. Among the hardest hit has been Waynesville. The town of about 5,000 people has been hit by rain storms — including some 7 inches on Tuesday, and another 6 inches Wednesday. Nearby rivers and creeks have overflowed.
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Working To Save The Painted 'Zonkeys' Of Tijuana

Americans once waited in line for the chance to be photographed atop the striped donkeys on this famed tourist strip. But 9/11, the recession and the Mexican drug war have stifled tourism and nearly put the "zonkeys" and their owners out of work. A new push is on to save the historic icons.
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Dreamliner Returns, And Boeing Is Watching Its Every Move

After being grounded for more than three months, Boeing's 787 jetliner is back in the air. Boeing wants to ensure those planes keep flying and get where they're supposed to be on time. To help do that, the company is monitoring the entire fleet of 787s in real time.
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Egypt May Not Need Fighter Jets, But The U.S. Keeps Sending Them Anyway

American military advisers in Cairo say we should stop sending F-16s to Egypt. Military contractors disagree.
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California's New Rules Could Change The Rideshare Game

For years, cities and states have struggled to figure out what to do about the rise in ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft. California recently took the first steps toward legitimizing them, a move that could serve as a model for places also trying to catch up with the boom.
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Hubbub Over Hillary Clinton Movies: A Dress Rehearsal For 2016

Republican efforts to quash two movies before they've been made show the GOP's concern over a possible 2016 presidential run by the former first lady and secretary of state. But the controversy over a planned CNN documentary and a proposed NBC miniseries does feel somewhat premature.
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Military Veterans Accuse San Diego Mayor Of Sexual Harassment

The women allege that Bob Filner harassed them knowing they had said they were victims of rape. A veterans organization that Filner worked with said the mayor harassed at least eight of its members.
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EPA Wants To Allow Continued Wastewater Dumping In Wyoming

The environmental agency has proposed permits that would allow oil companies to continue releasing contaminated wastewater onto the Wind River Reservation in central Wyoming. NPR found last year that the EPA has been allowing oil companies to send so much wastewater onto dry land that it was creating raging streams.

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