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Making headlines this week

A look back at some of the week's biggest stories and the headlines you may have missed.

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July was the hottest month – ever

July was the warmest month ever on record worldwide, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said, just over three months to go before world leaders seek to reach a climate agreement in Paris.

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North Korea orders troops on war footing after exchanging fire with South

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un issued an ultimatum to Seoul to halt anti-Pyongyang propaganda broadcasts by Saturday afternoon or face military action.

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Obama lays out case for Iran nuclear deal in letter to Congress

U.S. President Barack Obama laid out his case for lawmakers to back the nuclear deal with Iran in a letter released by the White House, the latest step by the administration to gain support for a deal critical to the president's legacy.

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Faux candidate Deez Nuts polls 9 percent in Clinton-Trump match-up

A fake U.S. presidential candidate named Deez Nuts, reported to be the creation of an Iowa teenager, has stirred a social media frenzy by polling nearly 10 percent of registered North Carolina voters in a hypothetical match-up against Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

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Boomerang home buyers poised to return to market with a roar

Seven years after the real estate bust in the U.S., many people who lost their homes have rebuilt their credit and are jumping back into the market.

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10 FOR TODAY: Friday, Aug. 21

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

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Former President Jimmy Carter battling brain cancer

The former President will start radiation treatment for cancer on his brain.

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Poll: Majority in US wants gov’t to curb prescription costs

A new poll finds that Americans strongly support government action to control prescription drug costs, regardless of their political affiliation.

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Ranger school success reflects U.S. military’s opening to women

When two women completed the daunting U.S. Army Ranger school this week they helped end questions about whether women can serve as combat leaders

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U.S. government, police working on counter-drone system

As concerns rise about a security menace posed by rogue drone flights, U.S. government agencies are working with state and local police forces to develop high-tech systems to protect vulnerable sites, according to sources familiar with the matter.

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10 FOR TODAY: Thursday, Aug. 20

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

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Russia’s Putin would consider meeting Obama at U.N.

The Russian President will "consider constructively" a request for a meeting with President Barack Obama at next month's U.N. General Assembly meeting.

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Ashley Madison hackers dump data online from cheating website

After threatening to release salacious details on as many as 37 million customers of the website, which uses the slogan "Life is short. Have an affair," hackers claimed to publish a huge cache of email addresses and credit card data stolen in July.

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U.S. ads target illegal immigration from Central America

Customs and Border Protection launched an ad campaign aimed at dissuading Central Americans from trying to enter the U.S illegally.

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Senate Democrats stake out both sides of Iran deal

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senator Robert Menendez blasted the U.S.-led international nuclear deal with Iran on Tuesday, vowing…

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10 FOR TODAY: Wednesday, Aug. 19

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

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Lawyers for Boston bomber seek new trial in new location

In court papers, lawyers for the 22-year-old bomber said media coverage of the blast and its aftermath unfairly influenced the 12 jurors who found Dzhokhar Tsarnaev guilty of carrying out the attack and then sentenced him to death.

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State Department refers 305 Clinton emails for review

Last December, Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic Party nomination in the 2016 presidential election, handed over about 30,000 emails she sent and received while America's top diplomat.

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IRS: Hackers accessed taxpayer data

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) says a hacking attack into one of its computer databases revealed in May was much more extensive than previously thought, with nearly three times as many taxpayers hit by data theft.

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UMass Gang Rape Defendant To Take Stand

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Adam Liccardi is expected to testify on this final day of evidence before the jury gets the case

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David Steven Guasp of Springfield is the city's 14th homicide of the year

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Amherst Group Pushes For Town Government Changes

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Amherst For All is looking to create a charter commission which they hope leads to a town government that's more responsive to residents' needs