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The sun gleamed down on the closed Washington Monument as the federal budget impasse continued in Washington on Jan. 4, 1996. Brawling and bargaining by turns, President Clinton and Republican congressional leaders struggled to make progress toward a balanced budget, while blaming each other for a partial government shutdown that inconvenienced millions.
Michael Wand of the Cognitive Systems Laboratory at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany demonstrates a technology that recognizes speech through muscle activity in the face rather than sound.
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Researchers aboard the Atlantis, a research vessel operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, examine core samples brought up from the sea floor of the Gulf of Mexico by the deep-sea submersible Alvin on Nov. 24, 2010. The scientific community is conflicted about the lack of direction, coordination and funding in studying the aftermath of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Oil spill claims czar Kenneth Feinberg speaks about the claims process Feb. 18 at the Mississippi College Law Review Symposium in Jackson, Miss. Feinberg faces criticism from Gulf Coast residents about the slow pace and low amount of payments.
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Leigh Ann Hester, now a police officer in the suburbs of Nashville, Tenn., is the first female soldier since World War II to receive the Silver Star medal for valor in combat.
Mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel leaves Chicago's Home of Chicken and Waffles restaurant following a campaign stop and lunch Monday. He is the front-runner among the six candidates.
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