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Keystone XL review drags on 5 times longer than average

For six and a half years, the White House has had a quick comeback to questions about its yet-to-be-announced decision on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline: Talk to the State Department.

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Cuba dissidents won’t attend U.S. Embassy event

The U.S. doesn't plan to invite Cuban dissidents to Secretary of State John Kerry's historic flag-raising at the American Embassy in Havana on Friday, illustrating a shift in U.S. policy from the island's opposition to its government.

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Pope ‘popping up’ across Philly ahead of U.S. visit

Pope Francis won't arrive until September, but cardboard replicas of the Holy Father have been popping up all over Philly.

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Kerry: Dollar could suffer if U.S. walks away from Iran deal

If the U.S. walks away from the nuclear deal with Iran and demands that its allies comply with sanctions, a loss of confidence could threaten the dollar's position as the world's reserve currency.

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10 FOR TODAY: Wednesday, Aug. 12

Your daily look at the stories that will be talked about today.

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Japan anxious at lull, U.S. ‘giving up’, in pan-Pacific trade talks

Ministers from the 12 nations negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which would stretch from Japan to Chile, fell short of a deal at talks last month on the Hawaiian island of Maui, despite early optimism.

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China hacked private emails of U.S. officials since 2010, NBC reports

Chinese hackers have been accessing the private emails of top U.S. national security and trade officials since April 2010, according to a new report.

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Fed ‘close’ to hiking rates, U.S. economy near normal

Economic conditions in the U.S. have largely returned to normal and a Federal Reserve decision to raise interest rates should come soon, officials say.

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10 FOR TODAY: Tuesday, Aug. 11

Your daily look at the stories that will be talked about today.

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Sexting, Internet safety loom large as childhood health concerns

As more kids use mobile phones and surf the web at increasingly younger ages, sexting and Internet safety are becoming bigger childhood health concerns, edging out longtime worries like smoking and teen pregnancy, a new poll suggests.

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One small bite for man, one giant leaf for space

How'd you like a space salad for lunch?

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Gas prices down 11 cents on average

The average price per gallon is $2.71, according to the latest national survey.

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Social Security at 80: Modest changes could save program

Social Security is approaching its 80th birthday, and the federal government's largest benefit program is at a pivotal point in its history.

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Pope and Congress: Francis is certain to challenge lawmakers

A political pope is sure to seize his opportunity when he addresses a political body.

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Democrats say Iran deal will survive despite Congress setback

President Barack Obama is trying to win over enough of his fellow Democrats to block Republican efforts to pass a "resolution of disapproval" that could cripple the deal, which is designed to curb Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for lifting of economic sanctions.

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U.S. sends six jets, 300 personnel to Turkey base in Islamic State fight

The United States sent six F-16 jets and about 300 personnel to Incirlik Air Base in Turkey on Sunday, the U.S. military said, after Ankara agreed last month to allow American planes to launch air strikes against Islamic State militants from there.

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10 FOR TODAY: Monday, Aug. 10

Your daily look at the stories that will be talked about today.

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Making headlines this week

A look back at some of this week's biggest headlines and the stories you may have missed.

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Improving job market bolsters case for Fed rate hike

U.S. employment rose at a solid clip in July and wages rebounded after a surprise stall in the prior month, signs of an improving economy that could open the door wider to a Federal Reserve interest rate hike in September.

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10 years on, Hurricane Katrina’s scars endure for New Orleans

A decade after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans seems to have found its rhythm again: the French Quarter is choked with tourists, construction cranes tower over the skyline, and hipsters bike to cafes in gentrifying neighborhoods.

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Bob McDonnell Free During Appeals

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The U.S. Supreme Court grants the embattled former governor's wish.

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WHAT’S ON: New on Netflix, Amazon & Hulu in September

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September is shaping up to be a good month for streaming some hit movies and the TV series you've been meaning to check out.

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JMU Will Hold Vigil For Parker

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JMU will hold a vigil to honor the late Alison Parker.

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William Shatner working on Leonard Nimoy book

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"Leonard: A 50 Year Friendship" will hit the shelves next year.

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‘Deflategate’ judge to rule soon after Brady, NFL talks fail

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The National Football League and its players union failed to reach a settlement in their dispute over New England quarterback Tom Brady's four-game "Deflategate" suspension despite weeks of talks.