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Workers move a section of well casing into place at a natural gas drilling rig near Burlington, Pa. The industry is expected to drill as many as 10,000 new wells in the next few years. Ralph Wilson/AP hide caption

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Worries Over Water As Natural Gas Fracking Expands

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In a photo provided to AFP by a third party, Syrians demonstrate against the government after Friday prayers in Hama on July 29. The Syrian government has banned most foreign media from entering the country, making it difficult to independently confirm events. -/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Syrian Opposition Echoes Cry For Liberty Or Death

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy speaks with French troops at the 152nd Infantry Regiment military base in the region of Surobi, Afghanistan, in July. Analysts say the French military has been strained by restructuring, budget cuts and simultaneous conflicts abroad. Philippe Wojazer/AP hide caption

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Is The French Military Stretched Too Thin?

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George Pelecanos' 17 crime novels take place in and around Washington, D.C. Pelecanos has also written for HBO's The Wire and Treme, which take place in Baltimore and New Orleans, but he says his novels will always be set in D.C. Mai-Trang Dang via Flickr hide caption

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Taking On Crime In A Racially Divided D.C.

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