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Raffaele Lombardo, the governor of Sicily, speaks to reporters after his meeting with Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti in Rome last week. Lombardo has been accused of having ties to the Mafia in Sicily. Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Italy Worries Sicily's Woes Could Have Ripple Effect

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A construction worker carries lumber while working on new homes in San Mateo, Calif., in March. Homebuilding is at its highest level in nearly four years. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Is Housing Recovery Real? Not Everyone Is Convinced

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney meets with members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars after his speech at the VFW National Convention in Reno, Nev., on July 24. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Romney Goes After Obama On Alleged Leaking Of Secrets

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This photo provided by the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Hampshire shows David Kwiatkowski, a former lab technician at an Exeter, N.H., hospital. AP Photo/U.S. Attorney's Office hide caption

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Medical Technician Might Have Exposed Hundreds To Hepatitis C

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The NuSTAR telescope, seen in this artist's illustration, will soon be sending back data that researchers will use to study black holes. NASA/JPL-Caltech hide caption

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Telescope Targets Black Holes' Binges And Burps

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The Gilliam Cemetery, near Sebastopol, Calif., received its first grave in 1852. Many of its older headstones have disappeared over the years. Cindy Carpien/NPR hide caption

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Rediscovered Headstones Hold Clues To Calif. Quake

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Wale performs during the 2012 BET Awards in Los Angeles. Michael Buckner/Getty Images hide caption

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Wale: From Free Mixtapes To Billboard Hits

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