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Israel Resumes Airstrikes On Gaza, As Cease-Fire Chance Slips Away

Israel initially agreed to an Egyptian-led deal to stop hostilities, but Hamas leaders didn't support the plan. In the attacks that followed, the first Israeli died from the conflict.

In Response To Dwindling Applications, Peace Corps Makes Big Changes

The Peace Corps has announced that it's streamlining its application process so volunteers won't have to spend hours doing paperwork or wait a year to find out if they're being sent abroad.

Comcast 'Embarrassed' By The Service Call Making Internet Rounds

In case you missed it, a customer posted eight minutes of a bleak call with Comcast. His attempt to cancel his cable set a new standard for bad customer service.

Most Employers See A Benefit In Covering Contraceptives

The recent Supreme Court ruling gives employers more latitude in refusing to pay for certain kinds of birth control for employees. But most companies won't go that route, analysts predict.

Plan To Make 6 States Out Of California May Head To Ballot

The plan would create states with names such as Jefferson, Silicon Valley, South California. The constitutional amendment needs more than 800,000 signatures to qualify; backers say they have enough.

After Breaches, CDC Says Scientists Have A 'Complacent' Attitude Toward Safety

In the wake of back-to-back incidents involving dangerous materials, CDC officials say some scientists have become complacent about following safety rules. A report released Monday found the Atlanta-based federal health laboratories used expired disinfectants and transferred dangerous germs in Ziploc bags after dozens of CDC employees were exposed to live anthrax bacteria in June. The report follows an announcement last week that a dangerous strand of the H5N1 bird flu had been combined with a fairly benign flu sample.

Calorie Counting Machine May Make Dieting Easier In The Future

Tracking the calories in food you eat can be tedious. But a GE scientist is working on a device that fits over your plate and automatically tells you exactly how much energy is in your meal.

Kerry Cites Progress In Iran Nuclear Talks But Says Gaps Remain

The U.S. secretary of state said he would consult with President Obama on a way forward ahead of a July 20 deadline. Meanwhile, Iran is showing some flexibility on its nuclear program.

NPR News Executive Leaves For Job At The Atlantic

Margaret Low Smith, who has served as NPR's senior vice president for news for three years, is leaving the company to become the president of The Atlantic's live events business.

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