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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.

Making The Label Matter: A Record Company's Return From Obscurity

Harvest Records used to be known for having a strong link to the progressive rock sound of 1970s London. After laying dormant for years, the label is back, and looking for a new identity.

Israel Allowed To Tap U.S. Munitions Cache For Gaza Offensive

The stockpile, located on Israeli soil, was set up in the 1980s as an emergency supply during wartime. The last time the U.S. granted Israel permission to use it was during the 2006 Lebanon war.

When China Spurns GMO Corn Imports, American Farmers Lose Billions

China has been a big and growing market for U.S. corn. But then farmers started planting a kind of genetically engineered corn that's not yet approved in China, and the Chinese government struck back.

Dow Dives 317 Points, Erasing A Month Of Gains

The Dow Jones industrial average closed at 16,563. It was the worst daily decline since April.

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