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  • Today in History

    Today is Thursday, July 10, the 191st day of 2014. There are 174 days left in the year.

  • Obama lets rip on trip out of Washington

    By Steve Holland AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - President Barack Obama may look back on this week as the time when he dropped all pretense of political decorum and let all his frustrations with Washington gridlock spill forth. Obama's public speeches on a three-day trip, like the one he delivered at the Paramount Theater in Austin, Texas, on Thursday, covered many of the same talking points he delivers at Democratic fund-raising events. In fact, the slashing rhetoric he used before an adoring crowd in the Texas capital may well have surpassed the typically sober review of the status of Washington that he lays out for high-dollar Democratic donors. Obama has a long list of grievances with Republicans who control the House of Representatives, who have blocked much of his second-term agenda.

  • Girlfriend says she told accused Boston bomber's friend to dump backpack
    Girlfriend says she told accused Boston bomber's friend to dump backpack

    By Daniel Lovering BOSTON (Reuters) - A Kazakh woman said in a videotaped deposition shown in court on Wednesday she demanded that her boyfriend dispose of a backpack containing empty fireworks shells he had taken from the college dorm room of his friend Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the accused Boston Marathon bomber. The testimony came on the third day of the trial of Azamat Tazhayakov, a Kazakh exchange student who was one of three friends of Tsarnaev who prosecutors have charged with hampering the investigation by removing the backpack from the suspect's room and tossing it into a dumpster. Bayan Kumiskali, a Kazakh national and a student at Babson College outside Boston, said she had been staying at the New Bedford, Massachusetts, apartment of her boyfriend, Dias Kadyrbayev, when he told her about the backpack he had taken three days after the deadly blasts while police were searching for Tsarnaev. Tazhayakov and Kadyrbayev have both been charged with obstruction of justice and conspiracy for taking the backpack and a laptop.

  • Three-way tie for lead in John Deere Classic
    Three-way tie for lead in John Deere Classic

    SILVIS, Ill. (AP) — Jordan Spieth felt great Thursday on the first tee of the John Deere Classic. He heard not only his name, but, for the first time, the phrase "defending champion."

  • Ann Coulter Emerges as Voice of Reason in Mississippi's McDaniel Mess
    Ann Coulter Emerges as Voice of Reason in Mississippi's McDaniel Mess

    No more dubious tirades against soccer, it seems: Ann Coulter has penned an op-ed in a Mississippi paper urging Republican Senate candidate Chris McDaniel to stop contesting his loss to incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran. In Jackson's Clarion-Ledger, she blames McDaniel' supporters for driving his career toward "political oblivion," calling their actions – checking ballots, filming Cochran's sick wife at a nursing home – similar to "a prom queen election": They don't care that they're gambling with a Republican majority in the Senate — or destroying McDaniel's future prospects. Coulter also pointed to previous examples of candidates who conceded elections only to regain political ground later in their careers, citing South Dakota Republican Sen. John Thune's 2002 loss and his subsequent win in 2004.

  • Missing Mont Blanc mountain climber found after 32 years in ice
    Missing Mont Blanc mountain climber found after 32 years in ice

    Mountain-climbers have made a grisly discovery in the Mont Blanc range of the Alps - the body of a young climber preserved in ice for 32 years. The body of Patrice Hyvert, who had been training to be a guide, was found last Thursday by two mountain-climbers, local newspaper Dauphine Libere and other media reported. Hyvert was last seen alive on March 1, 1982, when aged 23, he took off on a solitary climb up the western side of the "Aiguille Verte" mountain, part of the Mont Blanc massif that straddles the French-Italian border, before bad weather set in in the afternoon. He was in his element." The dangerous terrain, and inclement weather, of the Mont Blanc range results in scores of deaths of mountain climbers each year.

  • Phelps a bit miffed that he's not going faster
    Phelps a bit miffed that he's not going faster

    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Michael Phelps has never been the patient type.

  • Tennis star Djokovic weds in romantic ceremony
    Tennis star Djokovic weds in romantic ceremony

    Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic and his longtime girlfriend Jelena Ristic wed Thursday in a gazebo civil ceremony on a lawn at a posh Adriatic resort. The event, held in a park above a beach close to the luxury Montenegro islet Sveti Stefan, was attended by "the families, close friends and some hundred guests," said a source close to the families who requested anonymity. A religious ceremony was to take place on Saturday. Among the guest's attending Thursday's ceremony were Russian tennis players Maria Sharapova, Djokovic's coach Marjan Vajda and his wife, as well as his Serbian fellow tennis players Viktor Troicki, Nenad Zimonjic and Janko Tipsarevic.

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