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U.S. embassies attacked in Yemen, Egypt after Libya envoy killed

(Reuters) – Demonstrators attacked the U.S. embassies in Yemen and Egypt on Thursday in protest at a film they consider blasphemous to Islam and American warships headed to Libya after the death of the U.S. ambassador there in related violence earlier in the week.

Chicago teachers’ strike: negotiators signal substantial progress

Negotiators trying to bring an end to the Chicago teachers’ strike say the most recent talks made substantial progress and suggested that classes could resume Friday.

US census figures show more than one in five children are living in poverty

New figures have been released by the US census bureau revealing a yearly decline in median household income for Americans, growing inequality and more than one in five children under 18 years old living in poverty.

Renoir painting found at US flea market

A woman who paid $7 (£4) for a box of trinkets at a West Virginia flea market two years ago apparently acquired an original painting by the French impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir without knowing it.

Mystery Man Behind The Anti-Muslim Film Blamed For Attacks

Who is Sam Bacile? So far, the answer depends on who you ask and what you read.

A Timeline Of The Attacks In Libya And Egypt – And The Responses

An anti-Muslim video posted on YouTube was the apparent trigger for violent protests Tuesday at the U.S. embassy in Cairo and the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. By Wednesday morning news reports confirmed U.S. ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three U.S. staffers had been killed. A crush of initial reports and public comments confused the order and location of key events.

Mars Curiosity Rover Is One Day Away From Becoming Fully Operational

NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover had spent 37 Martian days (“sols”) on the Red Planet as of Wednesday and was one day away from becoming fully operational, NASA scientists said in a press conference back on Earth.

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