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With Senate's OK, Debt Limit Bill Will Head To White House

Wed, 2014-02-12 12:45

The Senate has voted to extend the federal debt limit, giving final congressional approval to a bill that is meant to cover the government's finances into 2015. The measure passed on a 55-43 vote.

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One More Year, Yankees' Jeter Says, Announcing Retirement Plan

Wed, 2014-02-12 12:21

"I want to start by saying thank you," New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter tells fans. The idea of Jeter retiring from pro ball has been a subject of debate in recent years, driven in part by his age and a nagging ankle injury.

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For Lower-Income Students, Snow Days Can Be Hungry Days

Wed, 2014-02-12 11:42

When bad weather shuts down school or delays its openings, it locks out many needy kids from a key source of nutrition. Some 70 percent of U.S. schoolchildren who eat school lunches get them for free or at reduced prices.

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Niche Online Dating Promises A Different Site For Every Preference

Wed, 2014-02-12 11:01

The cyber-dating industry is stretching far beyond its mass-market beginnings, with niche dating sites for every lifestyle or preference. "You name the obscure interest, there's probably a site for it," says online dating expert Dan Slater.

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Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Found Guilty Of Corruption

Wed, 2014-02-12 10:58

Ray Nagin was indicted last January, when prosecutors said he engaged in bribery, wire fraud, money laundering, conspiracy and filing false tax returns.

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Judge Dismisses Assisted Suicide Case Against Pennsylvania Nurse

Wed, 2014-02-12 10:15

Barbara Mancini was charged with assisting her father's suicide by providing him with a lethal dose of morphine. A judge's decision in her favor is the latest in a series of developments signaling a reluctance of courts and state legislatures to criminalize medical care that may hasten death.

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Scientists Say Their Giant Laser Has Produced Nuclear Fusion

Wed, 2014-02-12 10:01

Researchers from California's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory say they've figured out how to get their laser to squeeze hydrogen atoms together to make helium atoms, releasing energy in the process. It's an important step in the decades-long quest for fusion energy.

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Justice Thomas: Americans More Race Conscious Now Than In '60s

Wed, 2014-02-12 09:44

Speaking to university students in Florida, Clarence Thomas also said that "the worst I have been treated was by northern liberal elites."

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Global Military Spending Set To Rise In 2014

Wed, 2014-02-12 08:28

For the first time in five years, worldwide military spending is expected to go up, with China and Russia leading the way. The U.S. military budget is facing pressure, but the $600 billion in annual spending is roughly the same as the next 14 countries combined.

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Weekly Un-Innovation: There's Nothing To See Here

Wed, 2014-02-12 08:16

Forget high-tech gadgets that are supposed to make your life easier. Today, we're writing about ... Nothing. Pim de Graaff, a copywriter from Amsterdam, creates handmade black wooden blocks called Nothing to remind you that you already have enough stuff.

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Let's Weather The Storm: Share '3 Things To Do When Stuck Inside'

Wed, 2014-02-12 07:50

Millions of Americans may be mostly stuck inside the next couple days because of the ice and snow storm that's rolling across much of the eastern half of the nation. Everyone has ideas about great things to do to ward off cabin fever. Please tell us yours.

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The High Cost Of Treating People Hospitalized With West Nile Virus

Wed, 2014-02-12 07:25

Most people who are infected with West Nile virus never get sick. But some of those who do can wind up in the hospital, or suffer permanent disability. A Texas outbreak in 2012 may have made West Nile one of the more costly diseases in the state that year.

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Belgian Proposal: Terminally Ill Kids Could Choose Euthanasia

Wed, 2014-02-12 06:41

Belgium already allows adults to choose euthanasia and a bill that looks set for approval this week would allow terminally ill kids under 18 to make the same choice. But some lawmakers and the Catholic Church are strongly opposed.

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Thawing? Two Koreas Hold Highest-Level Talks Since 2007

Wed, 2014-02-12 06:10

Little is known about how the hastily arranged meeting went. Reports from the border village of Panmunjom say the two sides' representatives appeared to behave cordially toward each other. But upcoming U.S.-South Korea joint military exercises could ratchet up tensions again.

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Republican Faulconer Elected Mayor In San Diego

Wed, 2014-02-12 04:45

City Councilman Kevin Faulconer will fill the seat vacated by disgraced former Mayor Bob Filner, a Democrat. Filner left office after less than a year following sexual harassment allegations from more than a dozen women.

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'Crippling' And 'Paralyzing': Southern Storm Is Wicked

Wed, 2014-02-12 04:00

The National Weather Service is not holding back on its warnings about the ice and snowstorm that is hitting the Deep South and will move into the Mid-Atlantic later Wednesday. Forecasters warn of "impossible travel conditions" in Georgia and dangerous roads elsewhere. Thousands are without power.

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Shanghai Warms Up To A New Cuisine: Chinese Food, American-Style

Wed, 2014-02-12 03:32

Chinese immigrants adapted their cuisine over time to appeal to American palates. So Americans looking for familiar dishes in China won't find many. But a new restaurant in Shanghai hopes to change that — offering expats a taste of home and introducing locals to foreign treats like fortune cookies.

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Cornell Pair Introduce American-Chinese Food To Shanghai

Wed, 2014-02-12 03:32

Two Americans open Fortune Cookie, a restaurant that serves Chinese-American food in Shanghai. The owners believe there is a market among expats nostalgic for their hometown takeout. A Chinese customer says Westernized Chinese food lacks the subtly of the original cuisine.

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At Last, New York Fashion Week Brings 'Good News For Real People'

Wed, 2014-02-12 00:39

Wearing oversized sweaters, sensible shoes and loose-fitting suits, the models on the runway this year look downright comfortable. New York Times Style Magazine editor in chief Deborah Needleman says these styles are "much more about comfort" than they have been in the past.

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The Full-Fat Paradox: Whole Milk May Keep Us Lean

Wed, 2014-02-12 00:38

Two recent studies add to the growing evidence that consuming dairy fat may actually fend off weight gain. Experts say it may be time to revisit the assumption that when it comes to dairy, fat free is always best.

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