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Congress Approves $16.3 Billion VA Health Care Bill 
  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:19:00 -0400 
    A 91-3 vote in the Senate will send the landmark VA legislation, meant to address widespread problems in the VA health care system, to President Obama for his signature.

Ebola Patient Will Be Treated In Atlanta Hospital 
  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:34:00 -0400 
    An isolation unit at Emory University's hospital will be used to treat a patient infected with Ebola, the virus that has killed more than 700 people in a recent outbreak in West Africa.

Most Of California Reported To Be In 'Extreme Drought' 
  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:03:00 -0400 
    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.

Three Years On, Utah's Immigrant Guest Worker Law Still Stalled 
  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:59:00 -0400 
    In 2011, Utah decided to let some people in the state illegally apply for work permits. But the law, pending a federal waiver, still hasn't gone into effect — and now, some want to repeal it.

When China Spurns GMO Corn Imports, American Farmers Lose Billions 
  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:45:50 -0400 
    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.

Amid Smoking Decline, Look Who's Still Lighting Up 
  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:20:00 -0400 
    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.

CIA Director Apologizes For Meddling In Senate Computers 
  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:15:18 -0400 
    Months after denying that the CIA could have been snooping on Senate staff, agency director John Brennan has apologized to Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Saxby Chambliss.

Facing Conservative Opposition, House Republicans Nix Border Bill Vote 
  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:15:18 -0400 
    House GOP leaders have abruptly canceled a vote on their own bill meant to address the surge of unaccompanied minors at the Mexican border. An effort to pass a pared down version of President Obama's request was blocked by a group of Tea Party conservatives. NPR's Senior Correspondent Ron Elving discusses the state of play.

Star Witness Steps Up To The Stand In McDonnell's Corruption Trial 
  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:15:18 -0400 
    The corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell continues to unfold, as the prosecution's feature witness, Star Scientific's Jonnie Williams, testified against McDonnell and his wife.

With Prosecutors Circling, Ethics Questions Get Serious For N.Y. Governor 
  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:15:00 -0400 
    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.

In Obama's Foreign Policy, Some See Patience; Some See Passivity 
  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:15:00 -0400 
    Foreign policy was once a strong suit for President Obama, but polls now show widespread disapproval of his handling of foreign affairs.

Facing A Mass-Mailing Deadline, Lawmakers Get Frank Fast 
  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:15:00 -0400 
    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.

Thousands Of Inmates Serve Time Fighting The West's Forest Fires 
  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:15:00 -0400 
    When there's a wildfire in California, odds are there are low-level offenders battling it. Inmates, trained by pros and making $2 a day, have become a crucial element of the state's wildfire response.

Israel Allowed To Tap U.S. Munitions Cache For Gaza Offensive 
  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:56:00 -0400 
    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.

To Find America's Nuclear Missiles, Try Google Maps 
  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:30:00 -0400 
    Some people were concerned about an NPR series that gave the locations of some missile facilities. In truth, the nation's intercontinental ballistic missiles are hiding in plain sight.
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