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Obama Suspends Summer Vacation To Debrief On Issues At Home And Abroad

President Obama returned to Washington to hold White House meetings on the latest developments in Iraq and in Ferguson, Mo.
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The Soldier's Guiding Paradox: 'Protect What You Love'

Writer Elliot Ackerman, former Marine officer and veteran of five deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, explains what being a man means to him: It's protecting what you love.
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The Designs Behind Airstrikes — And The Damage They've Dealt

As U.S. deputy commander in Iraq until January 2011, Lt. Gen. Michael Barbero oversaw targeting for airstrikes during 17 months of the troop surge there. He tells Robert Siegel that for such strikes to be effective, they must be one part of a larger, overarching strategy.
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What Washington Can, And Can't, Do In Ferguson

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder visited the White House to brief President Obama on the latest federal response to unrest in Ferguson, Mo. FBI agents are set to finish canvassing for witnesses to the shooting of Michael Brown, and more federal peacemakers will arrive to try to ease tensions.
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A Map To Memory Lane: Providence Tries To Keep Street Names Straight

The city of Providence is embarking on a project to sort out street names that sound alike or have similar spellings. Robert Siegel learns about Operation Karat — not "carrot," mind you.
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Oklahoma Wind Power Companies Run Into Headwinds

The state produces a lot of energy, but environmentalists and the oil industry are joining to combat wind power companies as they try to expand.
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Former Vermont Sen. Jeffords, Who Once Tipped Senate Scale, Dies

James Jeffords' decision to leave the GOP and become an independent handed power to Democrats for 18 months. In his career of more than 30 years, Jeffords focused on education and the environment.
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Elephant Slaughter, African Slavery And America's Pianos

Two New England towns dominated the world's ivory market from 1840 to 1940 — transforming imported tusks from African elephants into piano keys and combs. Today's residents grapple with a dark past.
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Forensic Experts Discuss 6 Bullets That Hit Michael Brown

Only one of the teenager's wounds was not survivable, pathologist Dr. Michael Baden says. The preliminary findings of his autopsy show the teenager was shot at least six times in Ferguson, Mo.
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Ferguson Update: National Guard Deployed, School Postponed

Members of the National Guard have arrived in the St. Louis area, one day after the suburb of Ferguson saw new violence at a protest over an unarmed teenager killed by police.

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