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Israel And Hamas Agree To 3-Day Cease-Fire, U.N. Says

The truce begins Friday morning local time. Envoys will travel to Cairo to negotiate a possible longer peace deal.

House Cancels Vote On $659 Million Border Security Bill

Tea Party conservatives objected to sending money to the White House to deal with the immigration crisis, leaving the issue unaddressed as Congress gets ready to leave for a five-week break.

Should We Return The Nutrients In Our Pee Back To The Farm?

A group of environmentalists in Vermont aren't at all squeamish about "pee-cycling." A local hay farmer is using their pee as fertilizer as they run tests to find out how safe it is for growing food.

Facing A Mass-Mailing Deadline, Lawmakers Get Frank Fast

A big week in congressional mailing: Members of Congress can't use "franking" to send mass mailings during a blackout that starts 90 days before an election. That deadline is approaching.

In Obama's Foreign Policy, Some See Patience; Some See Passivity

Foreign policy was once a strong suit for President Obama, but polls now show widespread disapproval of his handling of foreign affairs.

With Prosecutors Circling, Ethics Questions Get Serious For N.Y. Governor

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing reports that his administration interfered with the work of an anti-corruption commission that he created and then abruptly disbanded.

Most Of California Reported To Be In 'Extreme Drought'

About 58 percent of California is currently in the worst of the four drought levels used by experts, in conditions normally seen only once every 50-100 years.

In Gaza, A Day That Begins In Fear Ends In Cease-Fire Agreement

The day began with Israel's military calling up 16,000 more reservists, stoking fears of a widening offensive in Gaza; it ended with a 72-hour cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas.

Amid Smoking Decline, Look Who's Still Lighting Up

Analysts say the merger of Reynolds American and Lorillard is driven by the changing demographics of smoking. But the lower smoking rate masks a more complex and varied pattern of cigarette usage.

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