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As Congress Breaks, Inaction Remains Most Notable Action

A combination of partisanship, upcoming mid-term elections and divided Republicans in the House helped mold a Congress this session that had trouble passing even must-pass bills.

Tech Week: The CIA Apologizes, Twitter Soars, Foursquare Swarm

In this week's roundup of digital culture headlines, the hardcore Foursquare users have a problem with Swarm. Twitter got a big boost. And why buy shoes when you can print your own?

Treating Ebola With An Experimental Serum: Why It Might Help

In 1995, doctors in the Democratic Republic of the Congo skimmed serum rich in antibodies from the blood of Ebola survivors to treat other patients. It's a 19th century approach. Does it work?

As Evangelical Clout Grows, Brazil May Face New Culture Wars

The nation's political campaigns are in full swing, and evangelical Christians play an increasingly large role. Some Brazilians worry that U.S.-style battles over social issues may be on the way.

Some Public Pension Funds Making Big Bets On Hedge Funds

States and cities have been investing billions of pension money dollars in hedge funds. That's costing a lot of money in fees, and experts say the pensions don't have much to show for it.

House Approves Border Security Spending Bill, 223-189

The $694 million Border Security Supplemental Spending Bill was endorsed one day after the House Republican leadership canceled its plan to hold a vote on the legislation.

Cheap Eats: Cookbook Shows How To Eat Well On A Food Stamp Budget

A Canadian scholar was unimpressed with the cookbooks available for people on food stamps in the U.S. So she decided to come up with her own set of tips and recipes for eating well on $4 a day.

Killing Of Four Latino Men Sparks Protests In Salinas, Calif.

Calling the shootings "questionable," a civil rights attorney in Oakland requested action by the Justice Department. The Salinas police chief said that would be premature.

Panel Says Plan To Cut Army Strength Goes Too Far

The Pentagon has recommended cutting troop strength to 450,000, but a bipartisan report says that given the global threats, the reduction is too big.

GM Stays At The Top As U.S. Car Sales Surge In July

An analyst says GM might have benefited from the safety recalls that brought customers back to its dealerships. Many automakers saw strong gains compared to last year.

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