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Economy slowed sharply in first half of year

Updated: 07/29/2011 - The economy slowed in the first six months of 2011 to its weakest pace since the recession ended. High gas prices and scant income gains forced Americans to sharply pull back on spending.

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First-term Senate Democrat disgusted with Congress

Posted: 07/29/2011 - A Senate Democrat says House Speaker John Boehner's failure to get fellow Republicans to back his debt limit bill dramatizes the folly of a "go-it-alone" approach to the financial crisis.

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Congressman: Boehner bill gets support overnight

Posted: 07/29/2011 - A Republican member of the House Ways and Means Committee says he believes the GOP is "very close" to having enough votes to pass Speaker John Boehner's debt limit bill Friday.

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Tropical Storm Don moving toward southern Texas

Posted: 07/28/2011 - Tropical Storm Don is growing a little stronger but not forecast to become a hurricane as it moves across the Gulf of Mexico toward southeastern Texas.

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House GOP freshmen: We're behind Boehner debt plan

Posted: 07/28/2011 - House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) is picking up more support from House Republicans from his deficit-reduction plan that should come to a vote later today, but he says he's not there yet.

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Philly archdiocese hit by another abuse suit

Posted: 07/27/2011 - A man whose grand jury testimony led to charges against a high-ranking official in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and other two priests has filed a civil suit against the church.

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Key Democrat says debt solution still possible

Posted: 07/27/2011 - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin says breaking the debt stalemate is still possible if House Republicans drop "my way or the highway" thinking.

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Wal-Mart offers video streaming on website

Posted: 07/26/2011 - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is now renting and streaming movies online, many the same day they come out on DVD, in a second bid for a share of popular movie rental and streaming website Netflix Inc.'s business.

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Invisible wounds of war: There's an app for that?

Posted: 07/26/2011 - Combat troops and veterans battling post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries can now turn to smartphone applications for help dealing with the age-old wounds of war.

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Poll: Worries about debt rising once again

Posted: 07/26/2011 - Just last fall, Americans were feeling better about their personal finances. Now they're starting to worry again about how they'll pay off their debts.

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Obama adviser: No time for `doomsday scenarios'

Posted: 07/26/2011 - The chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers says the continuing stalemate over extending the debt limit is no place for "doomsday scenarios," saying efforts to resolve the impasse must be the singular focus.

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NFL, players have agreed to deal

Updated: 07/25/2011 - A spokesman for the National Football League says it looks like it's "going to be a good day."

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Schumer: Reid plan could end political stalemate

Posted: 07/25/2011 - The third ranking Democrat in the Senate says a deficit-reduction proposal put forward by Majority Leader Harry Reid has the best chance of ending the political stalemate and avoiding a government default.

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Judge orders suspect held in isolation

Posted: 07/25/2011 - A judge has ruled that the man who has confessed to carrying out a bombing and shooting rampage that left 93 people dead in Norway will be held in complete isolation for four weeks.

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Drunken driving, traffic crime deportations way up

Updated: 07/22/2011 - Immigration data obtained by The Associated Press shows that huge increases in deportations of people who broke traffic or immigration laws or drove drunk helped the Obama administration set a record last year for the number of criminal immigrants forced to leave.

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James Murdoch contradicted by his ex-legal manager

Updated: 07/22/2011 - A British lawmaker says he will ask police to investigate a claim that James Murdoch gave inaccurate testimony to a parliamentary committee investigating phone hacking.

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Greece says second bailout `great relief'

Updated: 07/22/2011 - Greece's finance minister says a decision by European leaders to provide a second bailout is a "great relief" for the country's crisis-hit economy.

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