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Firefighting Planes Battle Wildfires And Old Age

Many of the planes used by the U.S. Forest Service to combat wildfires were made shortly after World War II. The recent deaths of two Idaho pilots have brought the safety of the aging and shrinking air fleet into question.
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A 'Land Hurricane' Strikes States From Midwest To East; New Storms Predicted

A huge system of thunderstorms called a derecho plows through several midwestern and southern states, killing several people, causing heavy damage and cutting electricity to millions. More bad weather is predicted.
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Defeated Democrats Find 'Vindication In Spades' In High Court's Health Care Ruling

A new study says 13 congressional Democrats lost their seats in 2010 chiefly because they voted for the health care law. Today, they say they're pleased with the Supreme Court's move to uphold it. But will that help some of them regain their seats?

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Ahead Of Alaska Drilling, Shell Practices Cleaning Up

Royal Dutch Shell could drill several exploratory oil wells into the waters off the north shore of Alaska this summer. The potential prize is huge, but so is the risk, should there be an oil spill in the pristine and remote region. So Shell is recruiting locals and training them to confront oil in icy waters.
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Asian And All-American: A Political Star Rises In N.Y.

Earlier this week, Taiwanese-American attorney Grace Meng won the Democratic primary for New York's newly redrawn 6th Congressional District. If she wins the general election in November, she'll become New York City's first Asian-American member of Congress.
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In 'Sponge Candy Crescent,' Addicts Hoard 'Heaven'

During the long winter months on the eastern shore of Lake Erie, sponge candy is a mainstay. But the temperamental treat isn't available in hot weather, so to get their fix in the summer, fans have to plan in advance.
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America's Affection For Hometown Confections

If you're gaga for a Nut Goodie, we know just where you're coming from. In fact, the candy you love can say a lot about where you grew up. Americans rally around their regional treats, maybe because they take us back to a simpler, sweeter time.
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Sanctions May Squeeze Iran ... And Raise Oil Prices

European nations have pledged to cut off oil imports from Iran beginning Sunday, tightening the sanctions that target Iran's nuclear program. Iran is expected to feel the squeeze — but the move could also push up world oil prices.

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