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July 26, 2012

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1. THE POLITICS OF GUNS LEAPS TO THE TOP OF THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE

In the wake of the shootings in Colorado, President Obama calls for stiffer regulations while Mitt Romney says he doesn't believe America needs new gun laws.

2. WHAT'S ON THE LINE FOR ROMNEY ABROAD

The GOP candidate's trip to Britain, Israel and Poland amounts to an international audition.

3. THE NEXT FRONTIER IN THE FIGHT AGAINST AIDS

The epidemic increasingly is a female one, and curbing it will require focusing on poverty and violence, not just pregnancy and pills.

4. USE OF SYNTHETIC DRUGS SURGES

People are inventing so many new, legal ways to get high that lawmakers can't seem to keep up.

5. NORTH KOREAN LEADER SHOWS OFF NEW WIFE

Now we know the identity of the mystery woman accompanying North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at recent public events.

6. A POSTHUMOUS REVELATION

In her obituary, which she co-wrote with her partner, pioneering astronaut Sally Ride disclosed publicly that she was gay.

7. THE WEAR AND TEAR OF LIFE IN A TALIBAN STRONGHOLD

In Pakistan's northwest, psychiatrists estimate millions suffer post-traumatic stress disorder and other psychological illnesses after years of violence.

8. WHY 'TWILIGHT' FANS ARE HEARTBROKEN

Kristen Stewart admits she cheated on her boyfriend and co-star Robert Pattinson. But the scandal seems unlikely to affect box-office returns.

9. DOs AND DON'Ts FOR OLYMPIC TRAVELERS

Welcome to Britain! The line forms to the right. Here are some tips for Olympic visitors hoping to get the most out of their experience.

10. FLAG FLAP AT THE OLYMPICS

The South Korean flag is mistakenly displayed on a jumbo screen instead of North Korea's before a women's soccer match, prompting the North Koreans to refuse to take the field for nearly an hour.

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  • Judge asks pointed questions in gay marriage case

    A judge in Colorado who will play a pivotal role deciding whether gays should be allowed to wed in the United States asked pointed questions Thursday about whether Oklahoma can legally ban the unions.

    U.S. Circuit Judge Jerome Holmes is seen as the swing vote on the three-judge panel that heard the Oklahoma appeal and a similar case from Utah last week.

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  • NASA's moon-orbiting robot crashes down as planned

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  • Eyewitness testimony no longer a gold standard

    The American legal system offers few moments as dramatic as an eyewitness to a crime pointing his finger across a crowded courtroom at a defendant.

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    The man accused of carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker near the Boston Marathon finish line on the anniversary of the bombings was arraigned Wednesday. He's being held on $100,000 bail.

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  • Consumer spending on health care jumps as Affordable Care Act takes hold

    Nancy Beigel has known since September that she would need hernia surgery. She couldn't afford it on her $11,000 yearly income until she became eligible for Medicaid in January through President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

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  • Astronomers spot most Earth-like planet yet

    Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected — a distant, rocky world that's similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it's not too hot and not too cold for life.

    The find, announced Thursday, excited planet hunters who have been scouring the Milky Way galaxy for years for potentially habitable places outside our solar system.

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  • Defend 'Obamacare' unabashedly, some Democrats say

    With enrollments higher than expected, and costs lower, some Democrats say it's time to stop hiding from the president's health care overhaul, even in this year's toughest Senate elections.

    Republicans practically dare Democrats to embrace "Obamacare," the GOP's favorite target in most congressional campaigns. Yet pro-Democratic activists in Alaska are doing just that, and a number of strategists elsewhere hope it will spread.

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  • Oklahoma gay-marriage case before US appeals court

    Lawyers for two Oklahoma women and the county clerk who would not give them a marriage license go before a federal appeals court with a familiar question for the judges: Did the state's voters single out gay people for unfair treatment when they defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman?

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