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July 20, 2012

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1. MASS SHOOTING AT COLORADO MOVIE THEATER

A gunman opens fire at a suburban Denver movie theater on the opening night of the latest Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises," killing 14 people and injuring at least 50 others, authorities say. Read the full story: 12 dead in Colorado theater shooting.

2. SYRIAN TROOPS SEIZE DAMASCUS NEIGHBORHOOD

Syrian troops regain control of a rebellious neighborhood in Damascus as more than 300 people were reported killed the day before in a sharp escalation of the country's civil war.

3. BULGARIA BOMBING SUSPECT TRIED TO RENT CAR

A man believed to have carried out a suicide attack on a bus full of Israeli vacationers tried to rent a car in the days before the bombing but was turned down because his ID appeared suspicious, a prosecutor says.

4. STUDY FINDS PREDATORY STUDENT LOAN LENDING

The government finds that risky lending caused private student loan debt to balloon in the past decade, leaving many Americans struggling to pay off loans that they can't afford.

5. HOW THAT POTHOLE YOU JUST HIT WAS RECORDED

The city of Boston says a new app uses a smartphone's accelerometer, or motion detector, and GPS to identify and automatically report potholes to authorities.

6. OBAMA, ROMNEY HIT CAMPAIGN TRAIL

The president and his GOP rival resume stump speeches with the former addressing retirees in Fort Myers, Fla., about health care and Medicare at 10:20 a.m. and the latter discussing the economy in Bow, N.H., at 11:10 p.m.

7. MIXED BAG FOR VENTURE FUNDING

Funding by venture capitalists for startups fell 12 percent in the latest quarter but the number of companies getting money in the earliest stages of development reaches the highest level in more than a decade.

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  • Soldier convicted in WikiLeaks case gets new name

    An Army private convicted of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks won an initial victory Wednesday to living as a woman when a Kansas judge granted a petition to change her name to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.

    The decision clears the way for official changes to Manning's military records, but does not compel the military to treat the soldier previously known as Bradley Edward Manning as a woman.

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  • First lady announces one-stop job site for vets

    To help veterans leaving the military as it downsizes, the government on Wednesday started a one-stop job-shopping website for them to create resumes, connect with employers and become part of a database for companies to mine.

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  • In cuffs... 'Warlock' in West Virginia accused of sexual assault

    Police in West Virginia say a man claiming to be a “warlock” used promises of magical spells to lure children into committing sexual acts with him.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • The top 12 government programs ever

    Which federal programs and policies succeed in being cost-effective and targeting those who need them most? These two tests are obvious: After all, why would we spend taxpayers' money on a program that isn't worth what it costs or helps those who do not need help?

    April 22, 2014

  • Courthouse violence unpredictable despite security

    When Utah's new federal courthouse opened last week, it came with security improvements that are becoming standard around the country: separate entrances and elevators for judges, defendants and the public; bullet-resistant glass and paneling; and vehicle barricades to keep car bombs at bay.

    Even the design of the courtrooms, with plenty of sunlight and space, can help calm witnesses or defendants in high-stress cases, some judges believe.

    April 22, 2014

  • McCain 1 House Republicans are more active on Twitter than Democrats

    Your representative in the House is almost certainly on Twitter. Your senator definitely is. But how are they using the social network? Are Democrats more active than Republicans, or vice versa? Who has the most followers on the Hill?

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

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  • Stowaway teen forces review of airport security

    A 16-year-old boy scrambled over an airport fence, crossed a tarmac and climbed into a jetliner's wheel well, then flew for five freezing hours to Hawaii — a misadventure that forced authorities to take a hard look at the security system that protects the nation's airline fleet.

    The boy, who lives in Santa Clara, Calif., hopped out of the wheel well of a Boeing 767 on the Maui airport tarmac Sunday. Authorities found the high school student wandering the airport grounds with no identification. He was questioned by the FBI and taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he was found to be unharmed.

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