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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv on July 23, 2014.

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv on July 23, 2014.

Kerry in Israel, West Bank: ‘Humanitarian’ Concerns

John Kerry is in town again. And his host, Benjamin Netanyahu, was quiet about it. For all the support for Israel that the U.S. has reiterated in the escalating conflict with Hamas, the State Department today was also talking about...

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A couple cools off with ice cream in front of a display of a butter cow and calf, made from 2,100 pounds of butter, at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus, in this Aug. 3, 2006 file photo.

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A couple cools off with ice cream in front of a display of a butter cow and calf, made from 2,100 pounds of butter, at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus, in this Aug. 3, 2006 file photo.

Butter Cow Has Competition: Butter Menagerie

Even better than the fried salad on a stick and funnel cakes on sale at the annual Iowa State Fair: The display of the legendary Butter Cow. This year, the theme is “Field of Dreams” - honoring the 25th anniversary...

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Balloons in the "Health Corner" conference room, used to host customer programs with local doctors and heathcare experts, at a Walgreen Co. store in Chicago.

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Balloons in the "Health Corner" conference room, used to host customer programs with local doctors and heathcare experts, at a Walgreen Co. store in Chicago.

Walgreen Chided For Tax-’Dodge’ Prescription: Harry Reid

Five months after Democrats in Washington, including President Barack Obama, praised CVS executives for their decision to stop selling smokes, another drugstore has fallen into the party’s cross-hairs. Illinois-based Walgreen Co. was hammered for 10 minutes on the Senate floor...

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Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas.

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Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas.

Cruz: Losing ‘Vampire Vote’ — Amused at Leftist Blood-Suckers

“Of all the places I never thought to be mentioned, HBO’s True Blood vampire show would have to be near the top of the list,” Sen. Ted Cruz says. Sunday night, the Republican with eyes on a White House bid...

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Potential home buyers attend an open house in Seattle on July 20, 2014.

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Potential home buyers attend an open house in Seattle on July 20, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 5.04 Million

Sales of previously owned U.S. homes rose 2.6 percent to a 5.04 million annual rate in June. That’s the highest level in eight months, according to data from the National Association of Realtors. “Historically low interest rates and smaller price...

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Grain railroad cars in Jeffersonville, Indiana.

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Grain railroad cars in Jeffersonville, Indiana.

Railroad Lobby: 15 Percent Boost

Railroads are doing what companies do when they’re faced with a government regulation that could add to the costs of doing business: Spending more on Washington lobbying. The Association of American Railroads, which represents rail lines like Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s...

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