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Israel to end draft exemptions for ultra-Orthodox

July 31, 2012 12:40 pm | by AMY TEIBEL - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

In an step that could intensify a major rift among Israelis, the defense minister on Tuesday ordered the army to prepare for a universal draft of ultra-Orthodox Jewish men.Many in the insular and rapidly growing community say they would rather go to jail than comply with an end to the...

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Analyst: Drought could help Lindsay's business

July 31, 2012 12:40 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Drought conditions are hammering agriculture in a swath of the U.S., but an analyst says it could be good for business at Lindsay Corp., which makes irrigation systems.Janney Capital Markets analyst Ryan M. Connors said Tuesday that severe drought like that affecting the Midwest could lead some...

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Grant to study willow as promising bioenergy crop

July 31, 2012 11:52 am | by Cornell University | Comments

Cornell has received $1.37 million to study the genetics of superior growth in hybrids of shrub willow, a fast-growing, perennial cool-climate woody plant.

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PBS NewsHour For July 30, 2012 - Part 2

July 31, 2012 11:41 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

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Latest Number from ATA Show Economic Slowdown; Germany and U.S. both Support Effort for Global Economic Reform; U.S.; Livestock Poultry

July 31, 2012 11:40 am | by Melissa Francis, Ashley Webster, Jeff FlockAssociated Press | Comments

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Bone tissue engineering: Attaching proteins for better regeneration

July 31, 2012 10:51 am | by ResearchSEA | Comments

Researchers in Japan demonstrate a new protein binding approach for effectively promoting bone regeneration. Current treatments for bone defects and bone tissue regeneration have significant limitations. Now a new method that immobilises a fusion protein in a hybrid collagen-polymer...

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Apple claims Samsung copied iPhone technology

July 31, 2012 10:42 am | by PAUL ELIAS - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

An attorney for Apple told a jury Tuesday that rival Samsung faced two options to compete in the booming cellphone market after Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone to critical acclaim in 2007: Innovate or copy.Attorney Harold McElhinny claimed Samsung Electronics Inc. chose to copy, making its...

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Is your problem gluten? Or faddish eating?

July 31, 2012 10:42 am | by MIKE STOBBE - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | Comments

It sounds like an unfolding epidemic: A decade ago, virtually no one in the U.S. seemed to have a problem eating gluten in bread and other foods. Now, millions do.Gluten-free products are flying off grocery shelves, and restaurants are boasting of meals with no gluten. Celebrities on TV talk...

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Livestock board takes action to prevent disease

July 31, 2012 10:42 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The state Livestock Board says it will have an inspector at fairs across New Mexico to prevent the spread of a virus that gives animals blister-like lesions.The board passed an emergency rule this week aimed at containing vesicular stomatitis.The disease primarily affects horses, cattle and...

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Enbridge general partner names new chairman

July 31, 2012 10:41 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Pipeline operator Enbridge Energy Partners LP said Tuesday that the boards of its general partner and management company have a new chairman and a new director.The company said that board member Jeffrey A. Connelly was elected chairman of general partner Enbridge Energy Co. Inc. and the...

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News Summary: $12.8B nuclear bailout or utility

July 31, 2012 10:41 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

NUCLEAR RESCUE: The Japanese operator of the nuclear power plant devastated in last year's tsunami and flood has received a $12.8 billion bailout, putting it under government ownership.MORE DANGER: The Tokyo Electric Power Co. faces massive compensation demands from those forced to evacuate and...

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Judge won't dismiss charge against ex-utility boss

July 31, 2012 10:41 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A judge has refused to dismiss an official misconduct charge against Indiana's former top utility regulator.David Lott Hardy's attorney told a judge Monday that he would file a pretrial appeal, Marion County prosecutor's office spokeswoman Brienne Delaney said.The former chairman of the Indiana...

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Earnings Preview: Kraft posts 2Q amid rising costs

July 31, 2012 10:40 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Kraft Foods Inc. reports its second-quarter results Thursday, which should give investors a sense of how the company is balancing its rising costs for ingredients in a challenging global economic environment.WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Price increases have been a big driver behind revenue growth for the...

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Ambre Energy countersues Cloud Peak over coal mine

July 31, 2012 10:40 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The struggle over southeastern Montana's Decker coal mine has taken another turn with both co-owners trying to oust each other from the partnership.This month, Cloud Peak Energy Inc. sued Ambre Energy Limited to remove Ambre as the mine's manager. Now Ambre has filed a countersuit seeking to...

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Analyst: Calif. shale oil field results disappoint

July 31, 2012 8:40 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A California oil field thought to be one of the biggest in the U.S. has been producing much less oil than hoped, according to a report by Alliance Bernstein analyst Bob Brackett.The field, a formation of rock known as the Monterey Shale, was thought to have 15 billion barrels of "technically...

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