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What Are the Best Small Towns in America?

New York Times - California News - 14 hours 52 min ago
Americans looking to live in big cities have any number of “livability indexes” to choose from — but what are the options for small-town fare?

Fed Debates Early Rate Increases

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - 15 hours 39 min ago
Federal Reserve officials debated at their July policy meeting whether they might need to raise interest rates sooner than expected in light of a strengthening recovery, but they were restrained by lingering doubts about whether the economy's gains would persist.

California: Wildfire Claims 8 Homes

New York Times - California News - August 20, 2014 - 9:00pm
The fire, northeast of Bakersfield, was 15 percent contained after scorching about five square miles, officials said.

The DP-100 Is Aston Martin’s Real-Life Interpretation of a Video Game Sports Car

New York Times - California News - August 20, 2014 - 9:00pm
Aston Martin designed the car for Gran Turismo 6, the Sony PlayStation game, then brought a real-life version to Pebble Beach last week.

A Line Is Drawn in the Desert

New York Times - California News - August 20, 2014 - 9:00pm
The rich are flown in on private planes, then picked up at the Burning Man airport, driven to their camp and served like kings and queens for a week.

Ad Barrage in Alaska Senate Race Set to Escalate

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - August 20, 2014 - 8:15pm
The pace of political ads that have flooded Alaska's airwaves is set to intensify after a candidate backed by Republican leaders, Dan Sullivan, won the GOP nomination to challenge Democratic Sen. Mark Begich.

Texas Gov. Perry Pleads Not Guilty

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - August 20, 2014 - 8:12pm
Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry has formally pleaded not guilty to criminal charges that he abused his office when he vetoed state funding for public corruption prosecutors.

Delaware Eases Access to Digital Data of Dead

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - August 20, 2014 - 7:43pm
As policy makers wrestle with how to handle the digital remains people leave behind on sites like Google and Facebook after they die, a new state law expanding access to the deceased's accounts could set a national trend.

McDonnell Says Wife Showed Strains Right After Election

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - August 20, 2014 - 7:29pm
Former Gov. Bob McDonnell testified that his wife Maureen was showing the strain of becoming first lady within hours of his election. He took the stand in his own defense in their trial on political corruption charges.

Tax Break Ends Up on Cutting-Room Floor

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - August 20, 2014 - 5:18pm
North Carolina is eliminating one of the nation's most extensive programs aimed at luring Hollywood film companies.

In Violence, Slain Journalist Found Humanity

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - August 20, 2014 - 4:34pm
James Foley, whose beheading at the hands of Islamic State militants was confirmed by President Obama, believed he had a calling to tell the stories of people he saw as voiceless and powerless.

St. Louis Prosecutors Present Evidence to Grand Jury

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - August 20, 2014 - 2:41pm
St. Louis County prosecutors began a weekslong process of presenting evidence to a grand jury in the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager that has sparked more than a week of unrest in Ferguson, Mo.

Books of The Times: ‘Fives and Twenty-Fives’ by Michael Pitre Shows Wartime Iraq

NY Times Books - August 20, 2014 - 2:10pm
“Fives and Twenty-Fives,” by Michael Pitre, follows a platoon in Iraq, where even fixing potholes can be fatal.






Perry Charges Put Spotlight on Prosecutor

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - August 20, 2014 - 12:56pm
Michael McCrum, the special prosecutor behind the indictment of Gov. Rick Perry, finds himself at the center of one of the most highly partisan court battles in recent Texas history.

Ferguson Reaches Turning Point, Police and Protesters Say

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - August 20, 2014 - 12:21pm
There are new signs the violent protests that rocked this St. Louis suburb for more than a week may be abating, law-enforcement and protest leaders say.

U.S. Airstrike Success Spurs Push for More Iraq Attacks

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - August 20, 2014 - 9:45am
The U.S.'s recent success in weakening Islamic State extremists is creating momentum for a broader campaign that could take American air power to the militant group's heartland northwest of Baghdad.

At California Resort, Bees Are a Plus

New York Times - California News - August 20, 2014 - 9:15am
Carmel Valley Ranch in California will offer several bee-related programs during National Honey Month.

Biden Visits Connecticut

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - August 20, 2014 - 8:42am
Vice President Joe Biden is coming to East Hartford, Conn., Wednesday to speak at a workforce development roundtable with Gov. Dannel Malloy.

Firms, Schools Hit by Ferguson Turmoil

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - August 20, 2014 - 8:34am
Schools in Ferguson, Mo., have canceled classes, business owners are dealing with broken windows and falling revenue, and police forces are strained after repeated nights of violent protests.

Ferguson Calm Amid Strong Police Presence

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - August 20, 2014 - 7:07am
Tuesday brought calm after a violent evening, repeating a pattern that has established itself in Ferguson, Mo., over the past week.
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