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Moderate Republicans Lost In GOP's Official Platform

Two moderate Republicans — former congressmen Mike Castle of Delaware and Tom Davis of Virginia — wonder whether that wing of their party can survive. In years past the party had a component referred to as "Rockefeller Republicans" — named after former Vice President Nelson Rockefeller. The group tended to work well with middle of the road Democrats.
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Two Die After Hantavirus Outbreak In Yosemite

Two people have died after an outbreak of the hantavirus at a camp in Yosemite National Park. The disease is transmitted by infected rodents.
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Seals' Comeback Spells Trouble For Mass. Coast

A federal law that protects gray and harbor seals has led to a population boom off the coast of Cape Cod. Fishermen and residents say the seals have become a nuisance, and the first shark attack in Massachusetts in 76 years is now fueling a contentious debate.
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Republican 'Party' Takes On New Meaning At RNC

Nominating the presidential and vice-presidential candidates is just part of the business conducted at a party convention. Delegates and guests also spend time attending workshops and policy sessions. And then there's the partying — lots of partying.
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Using Energy For Good In Houston, Texas

Energy executives raise money for a non-profit group that helps inner-city kids succeed academically.
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Isaac's Size, Speed Help It Pack A Heavyweight Punch

The storm may not have had the intensity of other Gulf hurricanes of recent years, but its slow movement and wide coverage area create their own problems.
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With West Nile On The Rise, We Answer Your Questions

Every state except Alaska and Hawaii has reported West Nile virus in people, birds or mosquitoes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expects human cases will rise through October. In Texas, the worst-hit state, deaths reached 31.

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