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Venus Williams Bounced From U.S. Open In Second Round

For Venus Williams, a three-hour tennis match came down to a third-set tiebreaker against Zheng Jie of China at the U.S. Open Wednesday night. But the world's former No. 1 player couldn't get past 44 unforced errors, and Zheng outlasted her in a rain-delayed match.
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Largest Strike So Far By Fast-Food Workers Set For Thursday

In 50 cities across the nation, many employees at fast-food restaurants have pledged to walk out. They're hoping to draw attention to their campaign for an increase in the minimum wage.
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Three More Weeks Needed To Surround California's Rim Fire

Though the massive fire around Yosemite National Park is now 30 percent contained, it will take more time to surround the blaze. Meanwhile, smoke is making the air unhealthy to breathe across a large area of Northern California and Nevada.
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How California Is Turning The Rest Of The West Blue

California used to attract millions of newcomers, but now more people are moving away. They're taking a more progressive strain of politics with them to places like Colorado and Nevada.
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Maine Governor's Rough And Rude Style Clouds His Future

With his knack for making crude and intemperate remarks, Gov. Paul LePage has become a lightning rod for controversy. Yet no one is willing to count him out in his re-election campaign.
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Obama 'Concluded' Syrian Regime Conducted Chemical Attack

President Obama says, though he has not decided whether to take military action against Syria, he is convinced the government used chemical weapons against the Syrian people. He is consulting with U.S. allies over whether to launch a limited strike. Meanwhile, Congress will be briefed on the situation Thursday.
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Obama Encourages Next Generation To Carry On King's Vision

Freedom bells rang out in Washington and across the country on Wednesday, as Americans marked the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech. President Obama, who's often noted his own debt to the civil rights leader, praised the tens of thousands of Americans who marched with Dr. King in 1963. He also challenged a new generation to continue to press for racial and economic justice.
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Why A Seattle Restaurant Owner Is Against 'Living Wage' Laws

Fast food workers across the country have been protesting for higher pay. And in many cities, there are movements to create "living wage" laws. Renee Montagne talks to Seattle restaurateur Tom Douglas about how he decided to raise wages for his dishwashers and cooks.
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Firefighters Battle To Get A Grip On Calif. Rim Fire

In California, there are more than 4,500 firefighters battling the wildfire burning in and around Yosemite National Park. The Rim Fire is more than 300 square miles in size. Crews have been making progress by doing controlled burns of things like brush that would feed a bigger blaze.
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2013 College Football Season Opens On Thursday

College football fans are excited. NCAA Division 1 play starts Thursday night with 17 games on the schedule. Most of the heavyweights, including top-ranked Alabama, start their campaigns Saturday.

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