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6:32am

Thu July 21, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Hospice Companies Zero In On Nursing Home Patients

Dying patients in nursing homes are an increasingly lucrative source of business for hospice companies, which have made a big push into these facilities, according to a federal audit that was just released.

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6:30am

Thu July 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Remains Of Hitler Deputy Rudolf Hess Cremated, Grave Destroyed

Originally published on Fri July 22, 2011 9:35 am

"The grave containing the remains of [Adolf] Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess has been destroyed to end it being used as a pilgrimage site by neo-Nazis," the BBC reports.

German's Der Spiegel writes that for years the grave site in the Bavarian town of Wunsiedel had been a gathering point for neo-Nazis who "celebrate Rudolf Hess as a martyr. It was also the object of shame among many locals."

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6:20am

Thu July 21, 2011
Opinion

New Republic: Amazon, Share With California, OK?

Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos holds a copy of "Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies" by Douglas Hofstadter, the first book sold on-line by Amazon.com in 2005. The company is trying to prevent California from charging tax on purchases made on the companies website.
Ted S. Warren AP

John B. Judis has been writing for The New Republic since 1984 and has been a senior editor since 1994.

I'm a longtime customer of Amazon — everything from books, eBooks, and two Kindles to tennis balls and baseball caps — but I'm looking for an alternative. I'm not unhappy with Amazon's service, but with its politics. Amazon is waging an aggressive campaign to prevent revenue-starved California from collecting sales taxes from the company's customers. And that's only its most recent effort to prevent states from levying sales taxes on online purchases.

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5:54am

Thu July 21, 2011
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Deadly Heat Spreads Across Nation

Red means hot.
NOAA

No story this morning is likely affecting more Americans than the deadly, record-breaking heat wave from Texas up through the Midwest and east to the mid-Atlantic states and New England. There are heat warnings up in 30 states.

And as Korva reported earlier, at least 22 deaths have been attributed to the plus-100 degree temperatures.

It's news in many places:

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5:53am

Thu July 21, 2011
Opinion

New Republic: A World Without Borders

Borders Group Inc. has decided to liquidate its remaining 399 stores.
Paul Sakuma AP

Victorino Matus is a senior editor at The Weekly Standard. With the magazine since 1996, he writes on a variety of subjects, including politics, Germany, military history, pop culture, and food and drink.

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