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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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U.S. Ambassador To Russia Will Resign After Olympics

Tue, 2014-02-04 07:44

Michael McFaul led the Obama administration's so-called "reset" of diplomatic relations with the country over the past five years. He says he is leaving to reunite with his family in California.

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U.K. Admits 'Limited' Role In India's 1984 Raid On Sikh Shrine

Tue, 2014-02-04 07:32

The acknowledgment comes just weeks after it was revealed that Britain may have had a role in the raid on the Golden Temple. Foreign Secretary William Hague said the assistance was purely advisory.

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'Secret Contacts' Reported Between Afghan President, Taliban

Tue, 2014-02-04 06:50

President Hamid Karzai has balked at signing a security agreement with the U.S. According to The New York Times, representatives of the Taliban and Karzai have been in contact about a peace deal. It's thought Karzai may not want to sign the deal with the U.S. while he's talking to the Taliban.

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Microsoft Picks Insider Nadella As CEO; Gates Takes New Role

Tue, 2014-02-04 06:30

Satya Nadella has been with Microsoft since 1992. Most recently, he led the company's "cloud and enterprise" group. Bill Gates, Microsoft's co-founder, will no longer be the company's chairman. He's going to be a "technology adviser" to Nadella.

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8 Things Worth Knowing About Microsoft's New CEO, Satya Nadella

Tue, 2014-02-04 06:25

He's hyper-educated and his background is in the cloud. Learn more about the Indian-American Microsoft veteran who became the third CEO in the company's 38-year history.

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Creationism Vs. Evolution: The Debate Is Live Tonight

Tue, 2014-02-04 05:20

Bill Nye, "the science guy," and Creation Museum founder Ken Ham will challenge each other's views. Their conversation will be webcast live from Kentucky. The idea for the debate arose after Nye posted a video warning against teaching creationism to kids and Ham responded with a video of his own.

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Sick Of Winter? Love It? More Snow And Ice Are On The Way

Tue, 2014-02-04 03:50

The latest storm will spread from the Plains states to New England over the next day or two. And yet another system packing snow and ice is expected by Sunday or Monday. Are you enjoying all this? Dreaming of spring? Or laughing from somewhere sunny?

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An Afghan Success Story: Fewer Child Deaths

Tue, 2014-02-04 00:49

One of the most dramatic changes in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban is the increase in life expectancy from 45 to 62 years. That gain is almost entirely a function of reductions in child mortality due to the spread of basic health services.

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Exonerations On The Rise, And Not Just Because Of DNA

Tue, 2014-02-04 00:47

Last year, a record number of people were exonerated for crimes in the U.S. Retesting of DNA evidence was once the primary force, but now experts say it's because prosecutors and police are reinvestigating old crimes — and learning that they sometimes got the wrong man.

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Wanna Smoke? It Could Cost You A Tooth, The FDA Warns Teens

Tue, 2014-02-04 00:46

Cigarette smoking costs you a lot more than money, a graphic new ad campaign warns teenagers. It's the Food and Drug Administration's first foray into slick messaging aimed at keeping teens from taking up cigarettes. Most long-term smokers started as teens.

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Facebook At 10: Amid Doubters, Company Eyes Next Growth Phase

Tue, 2014-02-04 00:44

Facebook's big birthday comes amid tales of trouble — that its youngest users don't find it cool anymore. But Facebook doesn't seem fazed. It is, after all, a company that serves almost one-fifth of the world's population and took in more than $7 billion last year.

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A Tiny Town Steeped In Skiing Tradition Has Its First Olympian

Tue, 2014-02-04 00:43

Russell Currier, a native of Stockholm, Maine, earned a spot on the Olympic biathlon team, and that has his hometown abuzz. It's a reward for a region that's spent more than a decade rekindling its Nordic skiing roots.

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The Deficit: The Talk Is Big, But The Number Is Shrinking

Tue, 2014-02-04 00:42

The federal budget deficit is falling sharply, but you wouldn't know it from some of the rhetoric in Washington. But Republicans caution that the downward trend line will reverse itself soon enough.

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How American Food Companies Go GMO-Free In A GMO World

Tue, 2014-02-04 00:41

Many American food companies, responding to consumer demands, are looking for grain that's not genetically modified. It turns out that non-GMO corn and soybeans aren't hard to find. Years ago, grain traders set up a supply chain to deliver non-GMO grain from U.S. farmers to customers in Japan.

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Istanbul's Mega-Projects: Bigger Is Better Or A 'Crazy Canal'?

Tue, 2014-02-04 00:03

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is pushing hard for the grandiose projects that include a new bridge across the Bosphorus, a massive airport and an ambitious canal. Some Turks are cheering him on, but others worry about how they might change the city.

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Joan Mondale, Ex-Vice President's Wife, Art Advocate, Dies At 83

Mon, 2014-02-03 22:51

Joan Mondale was so passionate that she earned the nickname "Joan of Art" and, in the process of pushing her cause, transformed the role of the second lady. Even when her husband was campaigning as Jimmy Carter's vice president, she tried to keep up with regular ceramics classes.

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Christie On Bridge Closure: 'The Answer Is Still The Same'

Mon, 2014-02-03 15:43

The comments are Christie's first since the Jan. 9 news conference in which said he was "embarrassed and humiliated" that his aides punished the mayor of Fort Lee by closing lanes that lead to the George Washington Bridge. Christie reiterated that he knew nothing about the lane closures.

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