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Drive Time: Commuting In American Cities

Americans' methods for commuting to work vary by city. Use this interactive map to explore how residents in different cities get to their jobs — by driving alone, carpooling or taking mass transit — and how long those journeys last.
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Around The World, Cities Plan For Extreme Weather

From record-breaking temperatures to long droughts, extreme weather events are on the rise. Many meteorologists and climatologists say it's only going to get worse. Many cities are putting plans in place to prepare for a range of costly and deadly weather disasters.
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Drought Disasters Declared In More Counties; 1,297 Affected So Far

The designation means many farmers will qualify for emergency loans. By some measures, the drought is the worst the nation's suffered in more than 50 years.
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Reports That Gov. Christie Will Give Keynote Tamp Down Veep Talk

Keynote speakers and vice presidential nominees give separate addresses. So unless tradition is going to be broken, choosing the New Jersey governor to deliver the keynote address at the GOP convention means he's not going to be on the ticket.
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Columnist William Raspberry Never Lost Humor, Hope

The Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist was among the earliest black journalists to gain a wide following in mainstream media. His insights into education, poverty, race and crime were published in The Washington Post and appeared in more than 200 other newspapers. Host Michel Martin recalls the life and work of Raspberry, who died Tuesday at age 76.
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Romney's 'Crony Capitalism' Charge May Ring True For Leaders Of Both Parties

Mitt Romney is accusing President Obama of "crony capitalism" as part of his campaign for the presidency. But critics of the U.S. economy and politics say the practice of rewarding the business interests of political supporters with federal taxpayer dollars is truly bipartisan.
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Following Up On Tuesday's Feline Mayor Story

The media couldn't resist the tale of Stubbs the cat celebrating his 15th year as honorary mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska. Many reported that Stubbs was elected as a write-in candidates when the human candidates fell short. Not true. The tiny town has no real mayor, so there was no election.

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