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Deal Struck To Avoid Possibility Of Government Shutdown In October

Republican and Democratic leaders have agreed on a plan to fund the government for the first six months of fiscal 2013. Still left to debate: whether to extend the so-called Bush tax cuts and looming, deep automatic cuts in some spending.
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U.S. Women's Gymnastics Team Wins Gold Medal; First In 16 Years

The U.S. women's gymnastics team has won the team gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics, handily beating Russia, which took silver, and Romania, which took bronze. China finished fourth.
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Obama Picks San Antonio Mayor For Convention Keynote

Julian Castro, the high-achieving and young mayor of San Antonio, will become the first Hispanic American to give the keynote address at a Democratic convention.
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Dying Man's Wish To Leave $500 Tip Turns Into Nearly $50,000 Charity

Aaron Collins died on July 7. He had asked his family to leave some waiter or waitress a $500 tip. When they asked for help in making his wish come true, donations poured in. Now, they expect to be making Aaron's wish come true about once a week for the next two years.
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London 2012 Lives Up To 'Social Games' Title, In Unwelcome Ways

The London 2012 Games have been touted as the first Olympics to live fully in the age of social media. But a rash of scandals related to Twitter has put a new mark on the face of the London Games. The stories range from a journalist's suspended account to a tweeting teen who has been arrested.
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Missy Franklin On Winning Gold: 'Someone Needs To Pinch Me'

Swimmer Missy Franklin, 17, is being hailed as the next great U.S. swimming star, after winner her first gold medal in the London Olympics. She says that while standing on the podium, she thought about "all the things leading up to that moment. And it was so incredibly worth it."
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Share Your Stories: Did You Do 'Bedtime Math' Or Something Like It?

A New Jersey mom started giving her children fun math problems to do before sleep. Now, she's got 5,000 subscribers to her blog who use the problems to teach their children. Did your parents do anything like that? Or do you with your children?
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Let's Catch Up: Olympics Set Record Ratings; Venus Rolls To Third Round

Stories that caught our eye this morning include a ratings coup for NBC, progress for Venus Williams, and a 33-megapixel broadcast of the opening ceremony.
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Reports: GOP Lawmakers Blame Five ATF Officials For 'Fast And Furious'

Republican lawmakers are also calling on the Obama administration to strengthen the bureau's leadership, according to news outlets.
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N.J. Mom Puts Kids To Bed With Math

The U.S. ranks 25th out of 34 countries when it comes to kids' math proficiency. One New Jersey parent wants to change that by overhauling the culture of math. An astrophysics graduate and mother of three kids, she started a ritual when each child was 2 years old: a little bedtime mathematical problem-solving that soon became a beloved routine. Parent friends began to bug her to send them kid-friendly math problems, too. Now Bedtime Math is gaining fans among children and math-shy parents around the country.

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