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President Obama tours the Automotive Training Program at the Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria campus, in June, Va. Slower economic growth means fewer opportunities for U.S. companies, which in turn leads to less hiring. Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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The Economy's 'New Normal'

The Problem With A Slow-Growth Economy

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The Problem With A Slow-Growth Economy

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Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming is one of many lawmakers who opposes the the new Independent Payment Advisory Board. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Medicare Payment Board Draws Brickbats

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Medicare Payment Board Draws Brickbats

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In the future, people will be carried into space by private-sector projects like the Virgin Galactic VSS Enterprise, says former astronaut Jeffrey Hoffman. Here, the Enterprise sits behind Virgin boss Richard Branson, left, and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson. Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The End Of The Space Shuttle Era

Shuttle Rethink: Carrying People, And Cargo

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Shuttle Rethink: Carrying People, And Cargo

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Last summer, members of the Brown family — Meri (from left), Janelle, Kody, Christine and Robyn — spoke to the media as they prepared for the debut of their reality TV show, Sister Wives. Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images hide caption

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National

'Sister Wives' Family To Challenge Anti-Bigamy Law

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'Sister Wives' Family To Challenge Anti-Bigamy Law

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Syrian news website Shukumaku released this photo showing protesters hanging Syrian flags and portraits of President Bashar Assad at the fence wall of the U.S. Embassy compound in Syria on Monday. A U.S. official says the Obama administration will formally protest the attack and may seek compensation for damage caused when the mob breached the wall before being dispersed by Marine guards. AP hide caption

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Middle East

U.S. Accuses Damascus In Embassy Attacks

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U.S. Accuses Damascus In Embassy Attacks

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Libyan rebels gather at the front line on the eastern ridge of the Nafusah Mountains in Western Libya on Sunday. Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Conflict In Libya

Rebels In Libya's West Lack Food, Water

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Rebels In Libya's West Lack Food, Water

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Two armed American border guards confront a group of immigrants attempting to cross illegally from Mexico into the United States in 1948. In A Line in the Sand, Rachel St. John traces the history of the U.S.-Mexico border. Keystone/Getty Images hide caption

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The 'Line In The Sand' Dividing The U.S. And Mexico

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A scene from the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of As You Like It in the specially constructed theater at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City. Stephanie Berger hide caption

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Theater

The RSC In NYC: 41 Actors, Five Plays, Six Weeks

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The RSC In NYC: 41 Actors, Five Plays, Six Weeks

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