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Mayor Addresses Chokehold Case, Police-Community Relations

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - July 29, 2014 - 6:31am
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke of the day-to-day successes of the police department in remarks on the chokehold case Monday, his first on the matter since returning from an eight-day vacation in Italy.

LIRR Contract to Cost Extra $226 Million

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - July 29, 2014 - 6:03am
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said recent contract agreements with its unions will cost an added $1 billion through 2016.

More Schools Open Doors to Community

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - July 29, 2014 - 2:44am
Public and private groups are using "community schools" across the U.S. to deliver services to residents and, in some cases, helping to boost student performance.

Shipping Lanes Threaten Pacific Blue Whales

New York Times - California News - July 28, 2014 - 9:00pm
Two major feeding grounds for the huge mammals are bisected by the routes of ships near seaports in San Francisco and Santa Barbara, Calif.

Migrant Cases' Fast Track Stirs Alarm

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - July 28, 2014 - 8:03pm
A Justice Department push for immigration courts to prioritize cases involving unaccompanied minors has raised concern among lawyers and judges.

House Passes Bill to Speed FDA's Sunscreen Approvals

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - July 28, 2014 - 7:55pm
The House passed legislation to require the FDA to speed approval of new types of sunscreen in the wake of a regulatory backlog that has stalled their introduction.

Hormone-Replacement Therapy Seems Safe, Study Finds

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - July 28, 2014 - 7:20pm
Hormone-replacement therapy started soon after menopause seems safe and lowers some markers of heart-disease risk while significantly reducing hot flashes, according to a multicenter trial published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Louise Shivers, Conjurer of Rural South, Dies at 84

NY Times Books - July 28, 2014 - 7:11pm
Ms. Shivers was startled by the critical success of her first novella, “Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail” (1983), published when she was in her 50s.






Electric Utilities Get No Jolt

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - July 28, 2014 - 7:08pm
Electricity sales look anemic for the seventh year in a row, despite Americans' growing use of gadgets and an improving unemployment rate.

U.S. Cites Surge in Religious Refugees

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - July 28, 2014 - 4:51pm
The State Department released a report documenting the largest international displacement of religious communities "in recent memory" in 2013, particularly in conflicts with religious or sectarian dimensions.

Gun-Law Ruling Worries Doctors

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - July 28, 2014 - 4:47pm
A court ruling upholding a Florida law that discourages doctors from asking patients about gun ownership is stoking alarm among some medical professionals, who view such questions as part of basic patient care.

Report: Over 80,000 Pentagon Employees Owed Back Taxes

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - July 28, 2014 - 3:35pm
More than 80,000 Defense Department workers working in sensitive settings owed more than $730 million in taxes to the federal government, according to a new investigation, debts that raise new concerns about safeguards for protecting America's secrets.

Sen. Reid Open to Separating Wildfire and Israel From Border Bill

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - July 28, 2014 - 3:30pm
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid opened the door to separating funding for fighting wildfires and Israel's missile defense system from contentious legislation aimed at easing the border crisis.

Books of The Times: ‘The Invisible Bridge,’ by Rick Perlstein

NY Times Books - July 28, 2014 - 2:39pm
In “The Invisible Bridge,” his latest history of the American conservative movement, Rick Perlstein chronicles 1973 through 1976.






Pentagon Industrial Policy Chief Resigns

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - July 28, 2014 - 2:37pm
The U.S. Defense Department is seeking a new industrial policy chief after the resignation of Elana Broitman left a leadership gap at a time of mounting concerns over the financial health of small- and medium-size suppliers.

Peter Mendelsund, Book Designer, Debuts as a Writer

NY Times Books - July 28, 2014 - 2:15pm
Peter Mendelsund has designed hundreds of striking book covers, but his imagination seized up when it came time to design one for his own book.






Surveillance Programs Hinder Journalists, Lawyers, Report Says

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - July 28, 2014 - 1:59pm
Large-scale U.S. surveillance programs hinder journalists in communicating confidentially with sources and restrain lawyers from adequately representing clients, according to a report issued by two advocacy groups.

Firefighters Battle Western Wildfires

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - July 28, 2014 - 1:41pm
Firefighters made progress Monday containing several giant wildfires burning in western states, but officials in those states continued to worry about the weather.

Border Surge Complicates GOP Pitch to Hispanics

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - July 28, 2014 - 11:07am
Republicans have been hunting for ways to reach out to Hispanic voters, but that effort may be complicated as a surge of children crossing the border has prompted the party to take a tough line on border security and illegal immigration.
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