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Why You'll Be Paying More For Beef All This Year

No, your eyes aren't fooling you: Prices for burger and steak meat have been going up this summer. Why? The ongoing drought in the Midwest has created a shortage of feed, raising expenses for ranchers and forcing some to cull their herds. And economists don't expect the beef price hikes to let up this year.
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Minor Leaguer Takes Mature Strides To Become Better

Birmingham Barons infielder Tyler Saladino is still in AA, but his maturity, ball skills and intellect keep his major league aspirations alive. After Saladino's rise to AAA for a few weeks, coaches believe he will eventually become a major league baseball player.
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Immigration Bill May Keep Wage Exemption For Foreign Herders

Peruvian shepherds on guest worker visas tend thousands of sheep in Wyoming, but they only make about half of what agricultural workers elsewhere are paid. Some ranchers say the exemption from minimum wage requirements is necessary; workers' rights advocates say it's exploitation.
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Senate's New GOP Stars Show Party's Range On Immigration

One, Marco Rubio, is a member of the Gang of Eight that crafted the immigration bill being taken up by the Senate; another, Ted Cruz, vehemently opposes the bill; a third, Kelly Ayotte, supports the overhaul; and the fourth, Rand Paul, says the measure needs revision.
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Privacy In Retreat, A Timeline

The erosion of privacy is often pegged to post-Sept. 11 changes in federal law, but some of the most significant moments in our evolution to a less private world have come in the commercial realm.
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Winfrey Gives Millions To New African-American Museum In D.C.

The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture is being built on the National Mall, near the Washington Monument. It is set to open in late 2015.
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Massive Bat Cave Stirs Texas-Size Debate Over Development

Every night for thousands of years, bats have poured out of the Bracken Cave Reserve, near San Antonio, by the millions. But conservationists are worried that plans for a housing development nearby will disrupt the bats' rural habitat.
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What Did Congress Really Know About NSA Tracking?

The White House maintains it had sufficiently briefed Congress on the Internet and phone data monitoring programs leaked last week, but many lawmakers vehemently disagree.

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