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8:44 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Weakened Arthur Heads Up U.S. East Coast

Hurricane Arthur brought strong winds and heavy surf to Highway 64 in Nags Head, N.C., on Thursday.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Sat July 5, 2014 1:00 pm

Updated at 9:34 a.m.

Hurricane Arthur weakened to a Category 1 storm on Independence Day after hitting the coast of North Carolina.

The National Hurricane Center said Arthur packed maximum sustained winds of nearly 90 mph as it moved offshore. The center predicted the storm would weaken in the next 48 hours.

"Arthur is expected to become a post-tropical cyclone tonight or Saturday," the center said.

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8:32 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Ex-Editor Gets 18 Months In U.K. Phone Hacking Case

Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson arrives for the sentencing at the Old Bailey court house in London on Friday. He was jailed for 18 months for being complicit in phone-hacking by journalists at the Rupert Murdoch tabloid he edited.
Neil Hall Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 10:12 am

Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson, who was found guilty last week of conspiracy to hack personal voicemails, was jailed Friday for 18 months.

NPR's Ari Shapiro is reporting on the case for our Newscast unit. Here's what he said:

"During sentencing, the judge said phone hacking by journalists at Rupert Murdoch's News International picked up 'intensely personal' messages that caused people 'serious distress.'

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7:24 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

High Court Temporarily Suspends Contraception Mandate For Christian College

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 10:17 am

In a late-breaking order Thursday, the Supreme Court granted a Christian college a temporary exemption from the birth control mandate of the Affordable Care Act.

If this sounds familiar, it's because it is. In January, the court issued a one-page order providing the same sort of relief to The Little Sisters of the Poor, a group of Catholic nuns.

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6:34 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Authors Take Opposite Sides On Hachette, Amazon Spat

Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 10:43 am

You might think that all writers would be of the same mind about the dispute between Amazon and Hachette Publishing Company over the price of ebooks. Think again. This week two different sets of authors sent open letters to their "readers" urging them to take one side or the other in the ongoing controversy.

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5:41 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

SunTrust Settles In Probe Into Mishandled Home Loan Modifications

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 6:54 pm

Atlanta-based SunTrust Mortgage Inc. has agreed to pay up to $320 million to resolve criminal allegations that it mishandled applications from homeowners seeking loan modifications under a federal program.

The deal with the Justice Department follows a similar settlement last month with SunTrust Mortgage over its mishandling of federally backed home loans.

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4:52 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Jobs Numbers Buoy Dow Above 17,000 For The First Time

The Dow Jones closed above 17,000 for the first time in its history on Thursday. The index was buoyed by better-than-expected news from the jobs market.

As we reported, the Labor Department announced that U.S. employers added 288,000 jobs last month and that the unemployment rate dipped to 6.1 percent.

It was the fifth consecutive month that employers had added more than 200,000 jobs.

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4:13 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Colombia Gives Federal Workers Afternoon Off To Watch Soccer Match

A Colombia soccer fan holds up his dog and celebrates a goal against Uruguay as he watches the World Cup round of 16 match on TV with others in Bogota, Colombia on Saturday.
Javier Galeano AP

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 4:50 pm

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos is giving government workers the afternoon off on Friday, so they can watch their national team in the quarter finals of the World Cup.

The BBC reports:

"The progress of Colombia to the quarter-finals has sent the country into a state of national euphoria.

"But after a spike in domestic violence after Colombia's first win, the sale of alcohol will be banned on match day.

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2:23 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Chinese Leader's Seoul Visit Seen As Snub To North Korea

Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) and South Korean President Park Geun-hye greet children waving the two countries' national flags at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on Thursday. Xi has yet to visit North Korea.
Kim Hong-ji Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 3:12 pm

In a sign that China and South Korea are moving closer together, possibly at North Korea's expense, Beijing and Seoul have said they are close to a free-trade deal and issued a joint statement that they firmly oppose nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula.

The announcement on Thursday comes amid North Korean missile tests and a visit to South Korea by Chinese leader Xi Jinping that carries with it an implied snub to Pyongyang: It's his first visit to the Korean Peninsula and the first that a Chinese head of state has stopped in the South before visiting the North.

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2:05 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

U.S. Spying Allegations Chafe An Already Angry India

U.S. Sen. John McCain leaves a meeting with India's foreign minister Wednesday in New Delhi.
Manish Swarup AP

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 3:24 pm

Aiming for a fresh start in troubled U.S.-India relations, U.S. Sen. John McCain met with newly elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi today in New Delhi. But McCain's two-day visit was overshadowed by reports that the U.S. National Security Agency was granted permission in 2010 to spy on Modi's political party.

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1:32 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Purling In Anger: Arrest Breaks Up 'Knit-In' At Vermont Utility

Jane Palmer of Monkton, Vt., was arrested after refusing to leave the Vermont Gas Systems headquarters in South Burlington on Wednesday. She and four other women were knitting in protest of a planned pipeline.
Taylor Dobbs Vermont Public Radio

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 6:37 am

A "knit-in" was broken up in South Burlington on Wednesday, after five women who are unhappy with a Vermont Gas pipeline plan occupied the utility's waiting room — and occupied themselves by knitting.

One woman was bound off by police, taken away in what Vermont Public Radio says were five squad cars that responded to perhaps the most civil of all disobediences.

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11:51 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Woman Charged In Denver With Seeking To Aid Islamic Extremists

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 2:52 pm

A 19-year-old Denver-area woman has been charged with conspiring to help a foreign terrorist organization after she was arrested in April boarding a flight that would ultimately land her in Syria, where she hoped to wage jihad, according to newly unsealed court documents.

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11:18 am
Thu July 3, 2014

VIDEO: A 4-Year-Old With A Crossover Dribble

At 4 years old, Josiah Brown is already turning heads in basketball-crazy North Carolina.
WWAY

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 11:41 am

Basketball player Josiah Brown can dribble with either hand; he has a spin move and he regularly drains shots from outside the lane. But Brown, who lives in Wilmington, N.C., isn't a hot high school prospect, because he's only 4.

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10:25 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Germany Votes For First-Ever Minimum Wage, Around $11.50

German Labor and Social Affairs Minister Andrea Nahles (center) and Chancellor Angela Merkel (right) cast their votes for a national minimum wage Thursday. The legislation sets a requirement of more than $11.50 in hourly pay.
Clemens Bilan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 2:15 pm

German lawmakers have approved a minimum hourly wage of 8.50 euros, backing a controversial proposal that would cover many workers starting next year. The amount is equal to more than $11.50 at today's exchange rate.

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9:54 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Saudi Arabia Reportedly Moves 30,000 Troops To Iraqi Border

Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Jeddah last month. Saudi Arabia has reportedly moved 30,000 troops to its border with Iraq.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 7:20 am

Amid reports that Saudi Arabia has deployed some 30,000 troops to its border with Iraq, President Obama has called King Abdullah to discuss the developments in the region.

Reuters quotes Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya television as saying the kingdom has deployed forces to its border after Iraqi troops abandoned their positions amid a Sunni-led insurgency.

According to Reuters:

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8:43 am
Thu July 3, 2014

U.S. Added 288,000 Jobs In June, Labor Department Says

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 1:27 pm

Analysts' expectations of continued growth in the jobs report for June were surpassed by federal data issued this morning, as the Labor Department says U.S. employers added 288,000 jobs last month. The government released the numbers one day early because of the July 4 holiday.

Update at 8:35 a.m. ET: 288,000 Jobs Added

"Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 288,000 in June, and the unemployment rate declined to 6.1 percent," the Bureau of Labor Statistics says.

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8:34 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Olympian, WWII Hero Louis Zamperini Dies At 97

Louis Zamperini at a news conference in May in Pasadena, Calif. Zamperini, a onetime Olympic runner who in World War II survived a brutal internment in a Japanese POW camp, has died at 97.
Nick Ut AP

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 12:59 pm

Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who later survived the brutality of a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp after his bomber crashed in the Pacific, has died at age 97. Zamperini's life story was chronicled in the best-seller Unbroken, and a film based on the book is set to be released in December.

In a statement, his family said that Zamperini had "recently faced the greatest challenge of his life with a life-threatening case of pneumonia.

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7:49 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Book News: Children's Author Walter Dean Myers Dies At 76

Author Walter Dean Myers tours his old Harlem neighborhood in New York in 2010.
Charles Sykes AP

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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7:22 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Hurricane Arthur Steams Along Eastern Seaboard

Hurricane Arthur is moving up along the Eastern U.S. coast, bringing complications to July 4 travel and holiday plans. A satellite image shows the storm's position at 5 a.m. ET.
NASA GOES Project

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 12:41 am

Story last update at 11:55 p.m. ET

Evacuations are under way in parts of North Carolina, where Hurricane Arthur threatens to drench coastal areas. The National Hurricane Center upgraded the storm to a Category 2 hurricane Thursday evening. The storm made landfall near the southern end of the Outer Banks.

Arthur is packing maximum sustained winds of 100 mph and continues to threaten parts of the North Carolina coast.

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5:58 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Arthur Strengthens Into A Hurricane As N.C. Island Orders Evacuation

The five-day forecast track for Arthur.
National Hurricane Center

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 12:44 pm

This post was updated at 5:00 a.m. ET Thursday:

The National Hurricane Center announced Thursday morning that Tropical Storm Arthur has become the Atlantic season's first hurricane. The storm is about 190 miles south-southeast of Cape Fear, N.C., with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph.

In its latest advisory, the National Hurricane Center says Arthur is expected to move near the North Carolina Outer Banks this evening.

Wednesday's Post:

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4:22 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Facebook's Sandberg Apologizes For Newsfeed Experiment

Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg addresses an interactive session organized by the women's wing of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Chandan Khanna AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 7:10 pm

Facebook's No. 2 executive apologized on Wednesday over an experiment that manipulated the news feeds of more than 600,000 users.

The Wall Street Journal reports Sheryl Sandberg said the study was communicated "poorly." The paper adds:

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3:48 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

TSA To Step Up Security Measures At Some Airports Overseas

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 4:48 pm

The Department of Homeland Security has asked the Transportation Security Administration to step up security measures at some airports overseas with direct flights to the U.S.

In a statement, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said the decision was taken as part of a continual assessment of the "global threat environment."

The enhanced security measures will go into effect in the coming days.

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2:42 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

U.S. Privacy Board Says NSA Internet Spying Is Constitutional

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 5:34 pm

A bipartisan privacy board that was appointed by President Obama following the disclosures made by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden has released a report (PDF) that says the security agency's Internet spying is legal and constitutional.

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2:36 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Protesters Turn Back Buses Of Immigrant Detainees Near San Diego

Protesters block the arrival of immigrant detainees who were scheduled to be processed at the Murrieta Border Patrol station in California on Tuesday.
Sam Hodgson Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 3:10 pm

A plan to move immigrant detainees to a Border Patrol facility north of San Diego has set off protests and counterprotests this week, as residents and activists argue over how to treat people caught entering the U.S. illegally.

Three buses that were carrying nearly 140 migrants to a processing center were forced to turn around Tuesday, after their path was blocked by protesters urged on by the mayor of Murrieta, Calif. The migrants, mostly women and children, had reportedly crossed the border in Texas and were then flown to San Diego.

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11:41 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Google Glass Faces A Ban In British Movie Theaters

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 2:03 pm

Just one week after Google Glass went on sale in the U.K., fears of piracy have led to calls to ban the eyewear from being worn in movie theaters.

Criticism of the Google device, which can allow those wearing it to record what they see, has come from the powerful Cinema Exhibitors' Association, which as the BBC reports "has no power to enforce a ban, but instead makes recommendations to most of the country's cinema industry."

From London, Ari Shapiro reports:

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