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House Passes 'Clean' Debt Limit Bill

Tue, 2014-02-11 14:25

Republican House Speaker John Boehner has said for months that he would not let the United States default on its debt, and he made good on that promise: The House voted Tuesday evening for an increase of the debt limit with no strings attached, just as President Obama had wanted.

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Cervical Cancer Vaccine Also Helps Prevent Genital Warts

Tue, 2014-02-11 13:31

The vaccine against human papillomavirus is recommended for girls and young women to prevent cervical cancer. A study finds it also protects against genital warts, a common sexually transmitted disease, even if people get less than the recommended three shots.

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Iran's President Marks Revolution With Call For Negotiations

Tue, 2014-02-11 13:19

In a major address, Hassan Rouhani mocked U.S. military threats. But he also used the 35th anniversary of the Islamic revolution to say that negotiations with the U.S. and others offers the best path for Iran.

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A 'First Of Its Kind Conference' About Sexual Assault On Campus

Tue, 2014-02-11 13:00

Nearly three years after the federal government issued guidelines for dealing with sexual misconduct on campus, administrators are meeting at the University of Virginia to discuss problems and progress. As Sandy Hausman of member station WVTF reports, leaders in higher education say they're struggling to understand and manage sexual assaults in the age of "hooking up."

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Law Enforcement Straddles Atlantic To Round Up Alleged Mobsters

Tue, 2014-02-11 13:00

The FBI and Italian police made two dozen arrests on Tuesday in connection with an alleged drug trafficking ring. The ring involved mobsters in Brooklyn and members of the 'Ndrangheta, a powerful crime syndicate based in Calabria, Italy.

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Shaun White Misses The Medal Stand As iPod Gets The Gold

Tue, 2014-02-11 13:00

Coming into Sochi, American snowboarder Shaun White made headlines when he decided to drop out of the slopestyle event, citing a wish to focus on the halfpipe competition. Things turned out poorly for White in the halfpipe on Tuesday, though, as he fell twice and failed to medal. Switzerland's Iouri Podladtchikov — nicknamed "iPod — finished first instead.

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Fed Chair Promises Continuity Before Congress

Tue, 2014-02-11 13:00

Janet Yellen made her first appearance before Congress as chair of the Federal Reserve on Tuesday. Her remarks, released prior to her testimony, stressed that there would be a lot of continuity with past policies, because she had helped develop and implement them.

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In Olympic First, Women Ski Jumpers Shatter Glass Ceiling

Tue, 2014-02-11 13:00

History is being made Tuesday in Sochi, as women's ski jump makes its debut as an Olympic event. While men have competed in ski jumping for nearly a century, women have not been included in Olympic competition. They've been seeking equality in their sport for more than a decade. Tamara Keith was on hand to report on the day's events.

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This Time, Officials Claim They're Ready For Southern Storms

Tue, 2014-02-11 13:00

Another winter storm is hitting the Deep South on Tuesday. Snow is falling in six Southern states. Two weeks ago, a storm paralyzed metro Atlanta. Some motorists were trapped on snowy and icy interstates for 18 hours. But this time around, officials are saying they will be better prepared.

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Pay Cuts, End Of Tenure Put North Carolina Teachers On Edge

Tue, 2014-02-11 13:00

No state has seen as steep a drop in teacher salaries over the past few years. Legislators also halted a salary bump for teachers with master's degrees and cut a cap on class size. "Teachers are really questioning why they want to teach," says the head of a state advocacy group.

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Nonprofits Pull In Investors To Tackle Housing Affordability

Tue, 2014-02-11 13:00

One of the biggest problems facing low-income families is a lack of affordable housing. A coalition of nonprofits hopes to attack the problem using a well-known tool in the private sector — a real estate investment trust that allows investors to pool their funds to buy property.

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Economist Says Best Climate Fix A Tough Sell, But Worth It

Tue, 2014-02-11 13:00

Yale's William Nordhaus has been running the numbers on Earth's climate troubles. He says charging a fair price for any dumping of carbon dioxide into the air is a cost-effective solution. But at least half the planet must cooperate, his math suggests, or it will be all pain, no gain.

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PHOTO: Sochi Olympic Park As Seen From Space

Tue, 2014-02-11 12:54

The astronauts aboard the International Space Station give us a view of the Olympics that we haven't seen.

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PHOTO: Sochi Olympic Park As Seen From Space

Tue, 2014-02-11 12:54

The astronauts aboard the International Space Station give us a view of the Olympics that we haven't seen.

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In Illinois Deal, The Onion Will Promote Health Insurance (Really)

Tue, 2014-02-11 12:33

Get Covered Illinois, the state's health insurance exchange, has hired Onion Labs, The Onion's in-house ad team, to develop banner ads, a video and other online material to persuade young people to sign up for insurance coverage.

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After 23 Years, Your Waiter Is Ready For A Raise

Tue, 2014-02-11 12:22

The tipped minimum wage has been stuck at $2.13 an hour since 1991, but legislation before Congress could finally change that. The restaurant industry says that will cost jobs and drive away diners. But in states where servers, bartenders and other tipped workers already make more than the federal minimum wage, restaurants haven't been hurting.

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Erin Hamlin Sets A U.S. First With Medal In Luge

Tue, 2014-02-11 11:43

German Natalie Geisenberger's winning margin of 1.139 seconds was the largest at the Olympics since 1964, the sport's first year at the games. The American Hamlin says of her medal, "It's surreal, really."

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In Two Long-Frozen Asian Disputes, Everyone Agrees To Talk

Tue, 2014-02-11 11:39

South Korea announced the first high-level meeting in years with rival North Korea. And for the first time since they split in the 1940s, China and Taiwan held government-to-government talks at a senior level.

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Washington Governor Declares Moratorium On Death Penalty

Tue, 2014-02-11 11:05

Gov. Jay Inslee said the system had too many flaws to ensure equal justice. Inslee said he will issue reprieves to all capital punishment cases before him.

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Shaun White Falls Just Short Of Three-Peat Quest In Half-Pipe

Tue, 2014-02-11 10:47

The top five finishers all pulled off their best runs in the second half of the competition – none more so than White, who stood in 11th place after the first run with a score of 35.

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