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Prized but Perilous Catch

New York Times - California News - July 26, 2014 - 9:00pm
A number of divers die each year in the pursuit of abalone, coveted for its shell and meat, while the California Department of Fish and Wildlife does its best to protect the species from illegal activity.

The Jenny Lewis Experience

New York Times - California News - July 26, 2014 - 9:00pm
The indie darling and former child star is back after six years of anguished silence — and she wants to blow your mind.

A Chinese Caesar Salad With Umami

New York Times - California News - July 26, 2014 - 9:00pm
Mission Chinese Food’s interpretation on a classic owes more to Japan than Caesar.

U.S. Says Russia Firing Into Ukraine

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - 3 hours 9 min ago
The U.S. believes Russia is firing artillery across its border at Ukrainian military positions, the State Department said, an assertion that Moscow is playing a more direct role in the conflict.

Proposal Would Alter Migrating Process

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - 4 hours 39 min ago
The Obama administration is considering a plan to allow young people from Honduras to apply for entry to the U.S. as refugees without making the often-dangerous trek here.

Bookshelf: Finding a Voice in Words and Deeds

NY Times Books - July 24, 2014 - 9:38pm
“Italoamericana: The Literature of the Great Migration, 1880-1943” is an anthology of memoirs, poetry, political commentary and newspaper excerpts. “Resister: A Story of Protest and Prison During the Vietnam War” gives a backstage tour of the antiwar movement.






The Lawyer Who Sparked Health-Law Rulings

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - July 24, 2014 - 9:03pm
Thomas Christina, a South Carolina attorney, spotted wording in the Affordable Care Act that ultimately spurred a legal battle that resulted in two conflicting court rulings this week.

California: Man, 80, Says He Killed Burglar Who Said She Was Pregnant

New York Times - California News - July 24, 2014 - 9:00pm
Tom Greer said he had been attacked by the woman and an accomplice before he shot her twice in the back as she ran, and the Long Beach police were deciding whether to arrest him.

Left Coast Rising

New York Times - California News - July 24, 2014 - 9:00pm
There are lessons for the rest of us in the good news from California.

New-Home Slowdown Pressures Recovery

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - July 24, 2014 - 8:16pm
Demand for new homes slowed sharply during the first half, a development that threatens to reverberate beyond the housing market and throughout the broader economy.

Anthony Smith, Explorer With Zest for Land, Sea and Air, Is Dead at 88

NY Times Books - July 24, 2014 - 7:13pm
Mr. Smith’s many adventures included a late-life, 66-day odyssey across the Atlantic on a raft.






ArtsBeat: Comic-Con 2014: Lois Lowry Finally Sees Her Novel On-Screen

NY Times Books - July 24, 2014 - 7:09pm
Ms. Lowry, whose novel “The Giver” helped spawn the young adult science fiction genre, says seeing the film version opened her eyes to things left unsaid in the book.






Report Backs Computer-Based Testing for Students

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - July 24, 2014 - 5:56pm
Fourth graders can adequately demonstrate their writing ability on computer-based tests, says a new study, clearing the way for more testing in technological formats and raising questions about an uneven playing field for students.

Ryan Seeks to Merge Poverty Programs

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - July 24, 2014 - 5:54pm
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan proposes consolidating up to 11 federal antipoverty programs into a single funding stream for states, along with new work requirements.

Obama Urges Action on 'Inversions'

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - July 24, 2014 - 5:38pm
The president threw himself into the politically charged effort to block U.S. firms from reincorporating overseas for tax reasons, calling the relocations "wrong" and urging Congress to stop them through quick-fix legislation.

Ohio State Fires Band Director

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - July 24, 2014 - 5:37pm
Ohio State fired the director of its acclaimed marching band after a two-month university investigation into potential hazing practices found the group's culture was sexualized and intimidating.

Obama Administration Releases Draft Employer Insurance Forms

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - July 24, 2014 - 5:32pm
The Obama administration released draft forms for employers and individuals to use when reporting their health coverage to the IRS starting next year.

Tragedy Ends Father-Son Bid To Fly Around World

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - July 24, 2014 - 5:03pm
A quest by an Indiana father-and-son team to fly around the world in a single-engine plane ended in a fatal crash off the coast of American Samoa.

VA Talks at Impasse in Congress

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - July 24, 2014 - 3:30pm
Congressional negotiations to address problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs devolved into a public feud, amplifying concerns that lawmakers won't be able to complete legislation before their August break.

Arizona Execution Heightens Questions on Lethal Injection

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - July 24, 2014 - 3:07pm
The prolonged execution of a condemned Arizona man is almost certain to heighten the debate over whether lethal injections can be relied upon to fulfill their intended purpose: to kill without cruelty.
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