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Top Stories: Drought Deepens; Pentagon Prepares; Clashes In Damascus

Good morning.

Our early headlines:

Drought In U.S. Now Worst Since 1956; Food Prices To Spike, Economy To Suffer.

Pentagon Is Prepping Defenses Against Iran, 'Wall Street Journal' Reports.

Mass Casualties After Shootings In Toronto And Tuscaloosa.

Other stories making headlines:

— Consumer Prices Were Unchanged In June, Thanks To Drop In Gasoline. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

— "Court-Martial Begins In Texas Air Base Scandal." (Morning Edition)

— Clashes Continue In Damascus; Live Updates. (The Guardian)

— "Obama, Romney Keep Sniping Over Outsourcing." (CBS This Morning)

— Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke "In The Spotlight;" Testifies Today. (The Wall Street Journal's MarketBeat blog)

— "North Korea Names New Army Vice Marshal." (Voice of America)

— "Needles Found In Sandwiches On 4 U.S.-Bound Delta Flights." (Reuters)

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