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Don't like spiders? They help us

"If spiders disappeared, we would face famine," says Platnick, who studies arachnids.

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Police probe other attacks after transients killed

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Three teenagers accused of fatally beating two homeless men beyond recognition with cinder blocks, bricks and a metal fence pole may have been terrorizing transients around Albuquerque for months, police said Monday.

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Perry sending National Guard troops to border

Perry sending National Guard troops to border

Gov. Rick Perry speaks during a news conference in the Governor's press room, Monday, July 21, 2014, in Austin, Texas. Gov. Perry announced he is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops over the next month to the Texas-Mexico border to combat criminals that Republican state leaders say a…

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Perry sending National Guard troops to border

Perry sending National Guard troops to border

AUSTIN, Texas — Gov. Rick Perry is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border over the next month to combat what he said Monday were criminals exploiting a surge of children pouring into the U.S. illegally.

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Gay, transgender workers gain US bias protection

Gay, transgender workers gain US bias protection

President Obama signs executive orders Monday to protect gay and transgender federal employees.

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Gay, transgender workers gain US bias protection

Gay, transgender workers gain US bias protection

WASHINGTON — President Obama on Monday ordered employment protection for gay and transgender employees who work for the federal government or for companies holding federal contracts, telling advocates he embraced the “irrefutable rightness of your cause.”

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Migration spotlights Mexican 'coyote' smugglers

Migration spotlights Mexican 'coyote' smugglers

TECUN UMAN, Guatemala — The man-in-the-know nursed a late-morning beer at a bar near the Suchiate River that separates Guatemala from Mexico, and answered a question about his human-smuggling business with a question: “Do you think a coyote is going to say he’s a coyote?”

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Migration spotlights Mexican 'coyote' smugglers

Migration spotlights Mexican 'coyote' smugglers

Central American migrants ride a freight train during their journey toward the U.S.-Mexico border in Ixtepec, Mexico. More than 57,000 unaccompanied minors, most from Central America, were caught at the U.S. border from October to June.

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Iraqi PM condemns jihadis' targeting of Christians

Iraqi PM condemns jihadis' targeting of Christians

BAGHDAD — Iraq's prime minister on Sunday condemned the Islamic State extremist group's actions targeting Christians in territory it controls, saying they reveal the threat the jihadists pose to the minority community's "centuries-old heritage."

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Iraqi PM condemns jihadis' targeting of Christians

Iraqi PM condemns jihadis' targeting of Christians

In this Saturday, July 19, 2014 photo, displaced Christians who fled the violence in Mosul, pray at Mar Aframa church in the town of Qaraqoush on the outskirts of Mosul, Iraq. The message played over loudspeakers gave the Christians of Iraq's second-largest city until midday Saturday to make…

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Iraqi PM condemns jihadis' targeting of Christians

Iraqi PM condemns jihadis' targeting of Christians

In this Saturday, July 19, 2014 photo, displaced Christians who fled the violence in Mosul, pray at Mar Aframa church in the town of Qaraqoush on the outskirts of Mosul, Iraq. The message played over loudspeakers gave the Christians of Iraq's second-largest city until midday Saturday to make…

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Iraqi PM condemns jihadis' targeting of Christians

Iraqi PM condemns jihadis' targeting of Christians

Civilians inspect the site of a bomb attack in the Jihad district in Baghdad, Saturday, July 19, 2014. A series of bombings, including three over a span of less than 10 minutes, killed and wounded dozens of people across Baghdad on Saturday, shaking the fragile sense of security the capital …

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Iraqi PM condemns jihadis' targeting of Christians

Iraqi PM condemns jihadis' targeting of Christians

In this Saturday, July 19, 2014 photo, displaced nuns and people who fled the violence in Mosul, gather in the town of Qaraqoush on the outskirts of Mosul, Iraq. The message played over loudspeakers gave the Christians of Iraq's second-largest city until midday Saturday to make a choice: con…

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Iraqi PM condemns jihadis' targeting of Christians

Iraqi PM condemns jihadis' targeting of Christians

An Iraqi man inspects the site of a bomb attack in the Jihad district in Baghdad, Saturday, July 19, 2014. A series of bombings, including three over a span of less than 10 minutes, killed and wounded dozens of people across Baghdad on Saturday, shaking the fragile sense of security the capi…

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Iraqi PM condemns jihadis' targeting of Christians

Iraqi PM condemns jihadis' targeting of Christians

This Saturday, July 19, 2014 photo, shows a displaced Christian girl who fled the violence in Mosul with her family, in the town of Qaraqoush on the outskirts of Mosul. Iraq was home to an estimated 1 million Christians before the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein. Since then…

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Iraqi PM condemns jihadis' targeting of Christians

Iraqi PM condemns jihadis' targeting of Christians

In this Saturday, July 19, 2014 photo, displaced Christians who fled the violence in Mosul, pray at Mar Aframa church in the town of Qaraqoush on the outskirts of Mosul. Iraq was home to an estimated 1 million Christians before the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein. Since the…

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Shower bus brings relief to San Francisco homeless

SAN FRANCISCO — A nonprofit group is taking a novel approach to helping the homeless in San Francisco with a new bus that allows them to take a shower.

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Obama can't plunge US into sectarian civil war

Obama can't plunge US into sectarian civil war

We would be on one side with no end in sight.

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As numbers of gray seals rise, so do conflicts

As numbers of gray seals rise, so do conflicts

In this July 1, 2014 photo released by the International Fund for Animal Welfare, (IFAW) gray seals congregate on the shore in Chatham, Mass. Decades after gray seals were all but wiped out in New England waters, the population has rebounded so much that they are taking over large stretches …

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