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  • Romney: Obama's Health Care Mandate Is A Tax
    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney spent his July Fourth holiday marching in a New Hampshire parade. He also backtracked on a top adviser's statement calling the individual mandate in the Obama health care law a fee or a fine. Romney says the Supreme Court ruled that it's a tax.
  • EX-Barclays CEO Apologizes To British Panel
    The former head of the bank Bob Diamond apologized for "reprehensible behavior" in testimony before a British parliamentary committee Wednesday. But he complained the bank had been unfairly singled out for manipulating banking loan interest rates.
  • August 'Snow-Storm' Brought Devastation To D.C.
    Washington, D.C., in the 1830s was a city of ferment. Free blacks were moving in, eventually outnumbering the city's slaves — a development that made whites very nervous. Those tensions came to a head in the now-forgotten race riot of 1835, an episode detailed in author Jefferson Morley's new book.
  • 'Black Eden,' The Town That Segregation Built
    A small, out-of-the-way Michigan town is celebrating its unique place in America's civil rights history. From 1912 until the Civil Rights Act passed in 1964, Idlewild was the summer refuge of choice for thousands of black Americans looking to escape the shadow of Jim Crow in the woods of northern Michigan.
  • In Libya's Shifting Sands, Kids Try To Find Their Way
    Most Libyans are under 25, and for these young people the revolution has created a new set of possibilities and challenges.
  • Report: Countrywide Won Influence With Loans
    The former Countrywide Financial Corp. made hundreds of discount loans to buy influence with people on Capitol Hill, according to a House report being released Thursday. Countrywide's subprime loans helped start the nation's foreclosure crisis.
  • Limited Supply Of Hotel Rooms Forces Prices Higher
    The hotel industry is making a comeback after being badly hit by the financial crisis. Linda Wertheimer talks to Barbara DeLollis, who reports on the hotel industry for USA Today, about how hotels are recovering.
  • Power Outages Darken Many July 4 Celebrations
    The lack of power in many areas hit hard by last week's storms put a damper on festivities. For some, the power may not return until this weekend. Some of the worst damage occurred in and around the nation's capital.
  • New Orleans Struggles With Murder Rate, And Trust
    New Orleans now has the highest per capita murder rate in the country. The killings are concentrated in the city's poorest neighborhoods — places like Central City, just a few blocks north of the stately mansions that line St. Charles Avenue.
  • Meet Al Black: Florida's Prison Painter
    When the officials at a Florida prison realized who Al Black was, they gave him a paintbrush and the walls as a canvas.

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