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TSA vows to close security gaps at U.S. airports

The new leader of the Transportation Security Administration said his top priority would be to close security gaps after an internal report showed 96 percent of undercover tests failed.

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Americans report improved health, better healthcare

The study of more than 500,000 Americans found improvements in insurance coverage, access to primary care and prescriptions, and overall health since late 2013.

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Boston to blame for Olympic bid flop, says IOC’s Bach

Boston was picked by the U.S. Olympic Committee to be the country's candidate for the 2024 Games but rescinded its bid in a spectacular U-turn on Monday after the city's mayor said taxpayers could not afford to host the event.

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U.S. homeownership hits 35 year-low, renting in vogue

The drop in ownership underscores the damage inflicted on housing by the recession and the economy's subsequent slow recovery from the downturn.

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U.S., Turkey weigh which Syrian rebels to support in border area

The United States and Turkey have not yet agreed which Syrian rebels they will support in a joint effort to help clear Islamic State from an area along the Turkish border.

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U.S. dentist accused of killing beloved Cecil the Lion

Wildlife officials accused an American hunter of killing one of the oldest and most famous lions in Zimbabwe, without a permit after paying $50,000 to two people who lured the beast to its death.

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10 FOR TODAY: Wednesday, July 29

Your daily look at the stories that will be talked about today.

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Windows 10 debuts today

No one's expected to line up overnight for the new Microsoft operating systems the way people did 20 years ago for Windows 95, but today marks the first update in three years.

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IOC expects U.S. 2024 bid despite Boston pullout

The deadline for applicant city submissions for the 2024 Games is Sept. 15 with Hamburg, Paris, Rome and Budapest already having entered the race.

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Boy Scouts lift ban on gay leaders, employees

The policy, which takes effect immediately, comes three years after the organization removed its prohibition on gay youth, but local Boy Scout units chartered by religious organizations will still be permitted to exclude gay adults.

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Kerry warns Congress scrapping Iran deal would mean path to nuclear weapon

The Republican-controlled Congress has until Sept. 17 either to endorse or reject the agreement.

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Human trafficking report blacklists Thailand, raises awareness about modern day slavery

The State Department's annual report highlights the world's worst human-trafficking centers.

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10 FOR TODAY: Tuesday, July 28

Your daily look at the stories that will be talked about today.

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U.S. Olympic Committee ends effort to bring 2024 Games to Boston

Boston backed out of its effort to host the 2024 Olympics, hours after the mayor said he would not "commit" to a deal if it meant taxpayers would foot the bill for hosting such a large-scale event.

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Safety regulators fine Chrysler record $105 million

The automaker's agreement with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration contains an unprecedented buyback option covering hundreds of thousands of vehicles.

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Gas prices down slightly

The national average for both gas and diesel has dropped over the last two weeks.

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After shooting, high cost of more security vexes movie theaters

Students walk through metal detectors, the Metropolitan Opera searches the purses of patrons, and air travel involves long lines and security checks. But movie theaters are unlikely to introduce such stringent measures.

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Congress pushes ahead on highway bill after Senate smackdown

Lawmakers are moving forward on must-pass highway legislation.

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Obama chides Kenya on gay rights, ready for closer security work

President Barack Obama told Kenya the U.S. is ready to work more closely in the battle against Islamist group al Shabaab, but chided his host on gay rights and discrimination.

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Trump tops CNN poll of 2016 Republicans, says he leads ‘movement’

The real estate magnate moved to the top of the Republican presidential field, edging out rival Jeb Bush and gaining support despite a series of controversial statements.

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Madigan: My COLA Rescinding Bill is Better than GOP’s

Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, talks from the speakers podium in the House chambers Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in Springfield Ill. The Illinois Legislature resumes work toward its end of May deadline.

The Speaker of the Illinois House says Tuesday's vote to roll back lawmakers' cost-of-living increases represents progress toward meeting the governor halfway.

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U of I Holds Back Some Pay Raises

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University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen says the school will not dole out pay raises until the state budget situation is settled.

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Illinois College Helping with Cuban Orchid Research

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Jacksonville's Illinois College is playing a part in work that can now be done since the restoring of diplomatic ties with Cuba.

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Mel Reynolds: I’m Not Guilty

FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2012 file photo, former Illinois Congressman Mel Reynolds announces that he's running for the 2nd District seat vacated by Jesse Jackson Jr., in Chicago. Reynolds has been indicted on federal tax evasion charges, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago said in a statement Friday June 26, 2015. The indictment says the 63-year-old Chicago Democrat failed to file income tax returns for four consecutive years, between 2009 and 2012. Each count of failing to file carries a maximum one-year prison sentence. Reynolds resigned his Illinois congressional seat in 1995 after being convicted of statutory rape for having sex with an underage campaign worker. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

Former Congressman Mel Reynolds says he will plead not guilty to federal tax evasion charges.

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State Rep. Will Davis: One of a Kind

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Defends voting for his own pay increase