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Treasury Secretary Keeps Up Pressure To Raise Debt Limit

In an interview with NPR's Steve Inskeep, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew spoke about the debt ceiling, raising wages and the new potential faces of the $10 bill.

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For Syrians In Rebel Areas, Russian Airstrikes Make Life Even Worse

Syrians in opposition territory say they've been facing the worst of the regime's attacks. Now they are being targeted by even more powerful bombings from Russian planes.

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Autopsy: Oklahoma Used The Wrong Drug To Execute Charles Warner

This is the second botched execution in a row for the state. Clayton Lockett died of a heart attack last year after a phlebotomist misplaced an IV line.

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McCarthy Poised To Clinch GOP's Nomination For Speaker, But It's Just Step 1

House Republicans will cast secret ballots Thursday to nominate the next speaker. Kevin McCarthy is favored, but he will face a bigger hurdle when the entire House votes later this month.

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First Listen: Josh Ritter, 'Sermon On The Rocks'

On his eighth album, Ritter delves into what he calls "messianic oracular honky-tonk." Fortunately, it's an approach that brings out some of the singer's slipperiest, nimblest wordplay.

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FIFA Suspends President Sepp Blatter And Other Top Officials

The 90-day suspensions go into effect immediately and could be extended, FIFA says. Along with President Blatter, the group banned one of his rivals for six years.

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New House Bill Could Cut Some Mandatory Life Sentences To 25 Years

Billed as a "companion" to major Senate sentencing legislation released last week, the top Republican and Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee say the proposal comes after months of negotiations.

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Fiat Chrysler And United Auto Workers Reach New Tentative Agreement

The UAW announced the agreement just after Wednesday's strike deadline of 11:59 p.m. Fiat Chrysler is the first of Detroit's big three automakers to reach a tentative contract with the UAW.

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