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Obama backs civilians in Egypt

President Obama called on the Egyptian military to quickly hand over power to a civilian, democratically elected government.

Romney’s Medicare plan short on details

Mitt Romney’s partial privatization plan to rein in federal Medicare spending is being considered bold but vague on politically sensitive points.

Reprieves give immigrants cautious hope

A new training program for federal immigration agents will help them use prosecutorial discretion to halt deportations of low-priority cases and focus on serious cases quickly.

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Shoppers flock to stores early to reap bargains

Many Black Friday shoppers weren’t there just for the thrill of bargain-hunting. They battled long lines, unruly crowds, and chilly temperatures to save money in a difficult economy.

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Floating algae on the surface of West Falmouth Harbor and other waterways depletes oxygen and kills the sea life below.

Pollution in Cape Cod waters sparks debate

The remnants of sewage from septic tanks are seeping into the groundwater and polluting estuaries, bays, and other bodies of water.