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U.S. Military Forces Targeted Extremist Network In Somalia  Tue, 02 Sep 2014 01:10:00 -0400
A day after an Islamic-extremist group launched an attack in Somalia, U.S. military forces have struck back. A Pentagon spokesman says the results of the operation are being assessed. 
NATO To Create New 'Spearhead' Force For Eastern Europe  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 22:49:00 -0400
NATO leaders are expected this week to set up a rapid-response force to defend against potential Russian aggression. 
Golf Course Provides Oasis For Low-Income Kids  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:07:34 -0400
All summer long, kids from a gritty neighborhood in Providence, R.I., have been escaping to a golf course and driving range carved out of a vacant lot. At Button Hole, a new generation is learning golf for a dollar a game. 
As Casinos Close, Atlantic City Tries To Pivot Focus Elsewhere  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:07:34 -0400
Thousands of employees lost their casino jobs with the closure of the Showboat and Revel casinos in Atlantic City. This is the latest development in a painful transition for Atlantic City, which faces greater competition for gamblers from neighboring states. 
Guns Boom In 2014 Campaign Ads  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:07:00 -0400
Ads with candidates shooting guns are proliferating this year. It can all be traced back to Sen. Joe Manchin's famed 2010 spot "Dead Aim." 
40 Years After 'Working,' A View From The Driver's Seat  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:07:00 -0400
Four decades after Studs Terkel's famous collection of oral histories was published, Radio Diaries revives one of his interviews with Helen Moog, an Ohio taxi driver and grandmother of five. 
3 Americans Detained In North Korea Urge U.S. To Secure Their Release  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:18:00 -0400
The State Department said the men should be released out of humanitarian concern and asked that Kenneth Bae, who has been held for two years, be granted amnesty. 
The Flight Of The Passenger Pigeon, Now 100 Years Extinct  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:15:00 -0400
Passenger pigeons were once the world's most abundant bird, but they were also the cheapest protein available. The last passenger pigeon, Martha, died exactly a century ago at the Cincinnati Zoo. 
To Model Manhood, Immigrant Dads Draw From Two Worlds  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:55:00 -0400
Many immigrant men in the U.S. work hard to hold onto definitions of masculinity from their native countries — while also rejecting more rigid gender roles that may be the norm in their homelands. 
Showboat Casino Is Latest In Atlantic City To Close Its Doors  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:08:00 -0400
The casino's closure will be followed today by the shutdown of The Revel. The Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino will likely close Sept. 16. They are casualties of competition from outlets in other states. 
151 Years Later, Pickett's Charge Hero Gets Medal Of Honor  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:53:00 -0400
Wisconsin native Lt. Alonzo Cushing's award caps a nearly three-decade campaign to get the Civil War battle honor through Congress. 
It Might Sound Stupid, But Maybe It Isn't The Economy This Time  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:21:00 -0400
An oft-repeated bit of campaign advice held that, "It's the economy, stupid." But maybe in this midterm election cycle, that's not quite right. 
Judge Blocks Enforcement Of Louisiana's Abortion Law  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 08:51:00 -0400
The law requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges to a nearby hospital. The judge's ruling allows the law to take effect, but doctors who break it won't be penalized. 
More Evidence That ADHD Drugs Don't Curb Ultimate Height  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:03:14 -0400
Some earlier research hinted that Ritalin and Adderall can hamper a child's growth. But a study of adults who took the drugs as kids now suggests any such effect is only temporary. 
Librarians Are A Luxury Chicago Public Schools Can't Afford  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 04:22:00 -0400
Librarians are being reassigned to classrooms. In Illinois, librarians must also have teaching certifications, and most have endorsements to teach specific grades and subjects. 
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U.S. Military Forces Targeted Extremist Network In Somalia  Tue, 02 Sep 2014 01:10:00 -0400
NATO To Create New 'Spearhead' Force For Eastern Europe  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 22:49:00 -0400
Golf Course Provides Oasis For Low-Income Kids  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:07:34 -0400
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Iraq forces push against jihadists  Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:31:46 GMT
Ukraine in 'great war' with Russia  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 23:31:18 GMT
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