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Volunteers Help Residents Clear Explosion Debris In Texas

A memorial service will be held Thursday for the victims of last week's fertilizer plant explosion in the small Texas town of West. President Obama is scheduled to attend. The service comes as some of the last residents of the blast area are being allowed back in their homes.
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Presidential Libraries Inspire Design Of George W. Bush Center

On Thursday, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum is dedicated on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. David Greene talks to former first lady Laura Bush about the library and life after the White House.
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NTSB Wraps Up Hearings On Boeing's 787 Battery Issues

The National Transportation Safety Board has completed two days of hearings on the problems affecting Boeing's fleet of 787 Dreamliners. Those jets will have newly designed batteries housed in a fire proof containment box. There are other safety enhancements too.
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Forget Maple Syrup. Put Some Beer In The Mail

Vermont lawmakers are considering a bill to let brewers ship their beer directly to consumers. The proposal faces the concern that underage drinkers might order beer, but wineries already do this.
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Lady Bugs Protect Mall Of America's Greenery

Third graders released some 72,000 lady bugs inside the Minnesota mall this week. They are an alternative to pesticides. The lady bugs protect the greenery by eating aphids.
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Weekly Jobless Claims Dip To Near Five-Year Low

While the news is a positive sign, employers still seem to be reluctant to add many new jobs to their payrolls.
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5 Presidents Set To Help Dedicate George W. Bush's Library

The former president's library is on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Its opening comes as polls show his approval rating on the rise.

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