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Lawyer's Local-Market Super Bowl Spot Is An On-Fire Smash

Tue, 2014-02-04 13:07

The TV spot has won fans online, thanks to its use of slow motion, quick edits, smoke and fire to create an atmosphere that would suit a trailer for a new action hero. Attorney Jamie Casino is riding a wave of popularity as a result.

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Are We Paying $8 Billion Too Much For Mammograms?

Tue, 2014-02-04 13:07

Billions of dollars are spent each year on mammograms to screen for breast cancer. If American women are screened less frequently, the cost savings might be used to better tailor the care for women at an increased risk of cancer.

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Senate Steps Into The Data Breach Controversy

Tue, 2014-02-04 13:00

The Senate Judiciary Committee spent the day looking into recent data thefts at Target and Neiman Marcus. Lawmakers know there is a big problem, but they are struggling with what role the federal government should play is creating new standards to safeguard consumer data.

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It's Three's Company Now: Microsoft Names New CEO

Tue, 2014-02-04 13:00

Satya Nadella is just the third CEO in Microsoft's 39-year history. He's a Microsoft insider tasked with re-energizing the company and making it more relevant in a future likely to be dominated by mobile technology. As Nadella moves into his new role, he will be supported by Bill Gates, who is stepping down as chairman to become more involved with technology development.

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Is Obamacare A Job Killer? New Estimates Suggest It Might Be

Tue, 2014-02-04 13:00

A new front has opened in the political battle over the Affordable Care Act, with Tuesday's release of the Congressional Budget Office's annual budget and economic outlook. The economists updated an earlier estimate about how many workers would leave the workforce because they no longer needed a job to have health care coverage — revising upward from 800,000 people to over 2 million people. Republicans pounced on the higher number, and President Obama now finds himself playing defense.

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Case Sheds Light On The Murky World Of Asbestos Litigation

Tue, 2014-02-04 13:00

Asbestos lawsuits have bankrupted scores of companies since the 1980s. In one case, a federal judge found that lawyers for people with a rare cancer linked to asbestos misled courts and made evidence disappear. The judge's decision could affect what other companies must pay victims in the future.

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Countdown To Sochi: Will The City Be Ready?

Tue, 2014-02-04 13:00

With the Winter Olympics just days away, the status of preparations in Sochi is mixed: Housing for the athletes has been getting rave reviews, but hotels and other buildings are still unfinished.

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Sweet Tooth Gone Bad: Why 22 Teaspoons Of Sugar Per Day Is Risky

Tue, 2014-02-04 12:57

Americans who got a quarter of their daily calories from sugar were twice as likely to die from heart disease as those who limited their intake to much lower levels, fresh research finds. Unfortunately, most of us have a sugar habit that puts us in the danger zone.

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Congress Sends Five-Year Farm Bill To White House

Tue, 2014-02-04 12:38

With a vote of 68-32, the Senate approved a sweeping farm bill Tuesday that will set rules and practices for American agriculture. The bill does away with controversial direct cash payments made to farmers under a subsidy system, replacing it with crop insurance.

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Drugmakers And NIH Band Together To Speed Up Research

Tue, 2014-02-04 12:31

Ten pharmaceutical companies have agreed to cooperate with the National Institutes of Health in the hunt for new medicines to treat Alzheimer's disease, Type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. All the scientific data produced by the venture will be shared publicly.

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Surgeon General Pick's Tweets Annoy GOP, But Not Enough To Block Him

Tue, 2014-02-04 12:24

Boston physician Vivek Murthy, an outspoken supporter of the Affordable Care Act, told a Senate panel that as surgeon general he'll focus on obesity, smoking cessation, and vaccinating kids.

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Navy Investigating Alleged Cheating By Nuclear Trainees

Tue, 2014-02-04 11:14

The cheating did not involve trainees working with nuclear weapons, so the scandal is not comparable to the one rocking the Air Force.

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Seahawks Say They Figured Out Manning's Signals

Tue, 2014-02-04 10:44

Like all teams do, Seattle studied its opponent. Then during the game, says cornerback Richard Sherman, the Seahawks figured out the hand signals that the Denver quarterback was using. Other teams do that too. Seattle certainly took advantage of things, though, and dominated during the 43-8 win.

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Curiosity Update: NASA Mulls Sending The Rover Over A Sand Dune

Tue, 2014-02-04 10:39

Other rovers have gotten stuck in similar terrains, so this is a delicate operation for the Mini-Cooper-sized vehicle.

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How I Learned To Feel Undesirable

Tue, 2014-02-04 09:17

When Noah Cho was young, he thought that couples would be like his parents — that Asian men would be paired with white women. But he writes that when he looks in the mirror and reflects on his own experiences, he feels "unattractive and undesirable."

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The Novelist: A Story-Driven Game Of Impossible Choices

Tue, 2014-02-04 09:10

The fictional Dan Kaplan is struggling to finish a high-stakes book while balancing the needs of his wife and son. You pull the strings in this family drama by scouring the Kaplans' thoughts and memories. The emotion-driven story is compelling, but is a game about real-life problems actually fun?

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Marketplace Rules Could Hurt Assistance Programs For Costly Drugs

Tue, 2014-02-04 09:07

Drugmakers have been criticized for cost-sharing assistance programs that encourage patients to use brand-name drugs instead of cheaper, generic alternatives. The federal government has frowned on the help, but there are expensive medicines for cancer and rheumatoid arthritis that don't have generic equivalents.

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U.S. Borrowing Is Less Of An Economic Worry, At Least For Now

Tue, 2014-02-04 09:05

The Congressional Budget Office says the federal budget deficit in fiscal 2014 will shrink to $514 billion — far less than it was at the height of the Great Recession. While the short-term outlook is a bit brighter, the CBO says there's still plenty to worry about in the long term.

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Accuser's Video Leads To Sexual Assault Charges For Teacher

Tue, 2014-02-04 08:40

After a young California woman posted video of the phone call she made to a former teacher who she says sexually abused her, the clip went viral. Then another alleged victim stepped forward. Now the woman who has been accused faces 16 charges and possibly life in prison if convicted.

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Chinese Red Guards Apologize, Reopening A Dark Chapter

Tue, 2014-02-04 08:04

During China's Cultural Revolution, communist youth known as Red Guards persecuted, tortured and killed millions of Chinese — so-called enemies of the Communist Party. Now some Red Guards are apologizing publicly in rare examples of open discussion of the party's historic mistakes.

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