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NSA reform proposals

US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., says no agreement yet on NSA reform; next vote expected to come at 1 am ET - @Reuters

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Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks

President Obama calls US Senate's passage of fast track trade bill an 'important step toward ensuring the US can negotiate and enforce strong, high-standards trade agreements' - @Jordanfabian

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Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks

US Senate votes 62-37 to pass trade fast track bill; proposal now heads to House - @markknoller, @AP

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General Motors recalls 2014

Editor's note: The New York Times, citing sources, says General Motors is negotiating what may be a record penalty with the US government for failing to disclose a defect in his autos that led to unintended acceleration. - Tom

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United States

US prosecutors agree to new trial for man convicted of 2001 slaying of intern Chandra Levy - @mcclatchydc

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United States

US stocks traded mixed as investors eyed inflation data and Fed Chair Janet Yellen's speech; Dow closes off about 53 - @CNBC

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Caliente, NV, US

Nevada Highway Patrol confirms there is damage on the road between Interstate 15 south and US Highway 95 south - @8NewsNow

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Iran nuclear program talks

President Obama signs Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, giving Congress right to review and possibly reject Iran deal - @markknoller

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United States

New study: 7 major US housing markets now 'overvalued' - @CNBC

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education

Study: Rape on US university campuses reaches 'epidemic' levels; more than 15% of respondents at unnamed New York university disclosed rape or attempted rape in 2 semesters - @Reuters

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Gulf of Mexico

Photo: The Texas Petroleum Investment rig on fire in the Gulf of Mexico, from the US Coast Guard - @CNBCnow

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Providence, RI, US

Editor's note: Fed Chair Janet Yellen, in comments to the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce in Providence, R.I., signaled that a rate hike in June is unlikely. 'I think it will be appropriate at some point this year to take the initial step to raise the federal-funds rate target and begin the process of normalizing monetary policy.' - Tom

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United States

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen: Rate hike appropriate this year if economy improves - @CNBCnow

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United States

Editor's note: At 1pm ET, US market indexes were little changed. The Dow was off 31 while the Nasdaq was 4 points higher. The S&P500 was off 1. - Tom

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US-Cuba relations

Cuba's top negotiator with US says they have agreed to continue talks on opening embassies but suggests no date agreed on; 'meeting was held in a respectful and professional climate' - @WilliamsJon

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tobacco

Federal appeals court rules tobacco companies cannot be forced to announce publicly that they deliberately deceived public over health risks - @Reuters

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markets

US stocks open mixed ahead of Fed Chair Janet Yellen's speech in Rhode Island; Dow down 0.1%, Nasdaq up 0.1% - @USATODAYmoney

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US economic indicators

Consumer prices rose 0.1% in April as inflation remains tame - @USATODAY

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Iraq War

UK bombmaker Anis Sardar sentenced to minimum of 38 years for killing US soldier in Iraq - @BBCBreaking

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Poland

Polish court says US has until August 8 to reply to questions regarding extradition case of filmmaker Roman Polanski - @Reuters

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