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6:34pm

Thu July 14, 2011
The Two-Way

Minnesota Governor, Lawmakers Reach Deal To End Shutdown

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican lawmakers say they have reached a deal that will end Minnesota's government shutdown.

The AP reports:

The deal came after a three-hour negotiating session Thursday that followed major concessions by Dayton, a Democrat. It would end a two-week shutdown.

The two sides agreed on a proposal that would raise $1.4 billion in new revenue, half by delaying state aid checks to school districts and the other half by selling tobacco payment bonds.

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6:26pm

Thu July 14, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Got PMS? Marketers Want You To Reach For The Milk Carton

In one piece from the edgy campaign, a henpecked husband cowers with cartons of milk in his arms.
California Milk Processor Board

The same folks who first asked Americans, "Got Milk?" in ads that have become part of popular culture are out with a new and far edgier pitch.

The question this time, put to stressed-out husbands and boyfriends is, "Are you a man living with PMS?"

The campaign from the California Milk Processor Board is mainly online and can be found at the cheeky URL: EverythingIDoIsWrong.org. The milk promoters' proposition this time around: "Milk can help reduce the symptoms of PMS," so stock up, henpecked males everywhere.

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6:09pm

Thu July 14, 2011
Afghanistan

U.S. Quietly Halts Scholarship For Afghan Students

Former President George W. Bush speaks to student from the Youth Exchange and Study program at the White House in 2005. The program began in 2004 and ended for Afghan students this year after half of those enrolled fled to Canada.
Alex Wong Getty Images

The U.S. State Department has funded international student exchanges for decades, looking to form lifelong bonds and increase understanding across borders.

One program brought hundreds of Afghan high school students to small communities in the U.S. beginning in 2004.

But this year, the U.S. has quietly suspended the popular youth exchange. The reason? Fear of a dark future in Afghanistan was prompting too many of the students to bail out of the program and seek asylum elsewhere.

Deciding To Flee To Canada

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5:57pm

Thu July 14, 2011
The Two-Way

Parts Of U.S. Emerge From Wave Of Scorching Heat

Originally published on Thu July 14, 2011 4:22 pm

As Florida temperatures hover in the 90's, boys use a swing rope to cool off in the Suwannee River near Chiefland, Fla.
Phil Sandlin AP

America's South, Midwest and Southwest are suffering through drought and high heat. Those regions have braved a string of days that saw temperatures in the high 90s, with heat indexes commonly reaching above 110 degrees.

But forecasters say much of the eastern U.S. will experience a gradual cool-down in the next few days. "New York and the D.C. area will drop down intothe lower 80s by Friday," the AP said, "while Atlanta drops to the upper 80s Friday and Saturday."

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5:52pm

Thu July 14, 2011
Books

Mrs. Mallard Celebrates 70 Years Of Safer Streets

Brianna Henderson and her brother Ian Henderson play on the Make Way for Ducklings statues in Boston. The bronze figures by sculptor Nancy Schön were installed in Boston's Public Garden in 1987.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

It's the 70th anniversary of the classic children's book, Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey. But it's perhaps only in hindsight one can see how the ducklings were revolutionaries of sorts.

Call them accidental heroes. A very pregnant Mrs. and Mr. Mallard were never looking to change the world when they came to Boston's Public Garden. They just wanted a safe place to settle down.

'She Was A Lot Braver Than I Am'

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