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Top Moments In State Of The Union History

Tue, 2014-01-28 10:34

When was the first State of the Union delivered? Did every president give one? Who delivered the "Four Freedoms" speech? Find out here.

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Super Bowl Tickets Are 'Cheap,' And Weather Isn't Only Reason

Tue, 2014-01-28 09:41

The forecast for temperatures near or below freezing on Sunday has likely kept resale prices down a bit, brokers say. But an even more important factor may be that the matchup — the Denver Broncos vs. the Seattle Seahawks — just isn't drawing interest from some fans.

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College Students Can Learn To Drink Less, If Schools Help

Tue, 2014-01-28 09:36

Drinking too much may seem like an essential part of college life for many students. But interventions aimed at getting students to drink less dangerously do work, a study finds. The efforts need to go beyond generic online courses and involve students on a personal level.

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Obama's State Of The Union, Playing On A Second Screen Near You

Tue, 2014-01-28 08:58

The Obama administration is flooding just about every major social media platform in its major digital push before — and during — the State of the Union address.

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Philippine Police Used 'Wheel Of Torture,' Rights Group Says

Tue, 2014-01-28 08:52

Punishments, which were chosen by spinning a roulette wheel, included a "20 second Manny Pacquiao" in which suspects were punched for 20 seconds, according to Amnesty International. The practice allegedly was used on more than 40 detainees, mostly suspected drug traffickers.

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Fixing The NFL: Put Robots In The Super Bowl

Tue, 2014-01-28 08:11

To avoid concussions, bypass drug problems and boost ticket sales, maybe the league should start drafting droids.

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Despite Soundproof Box, Egypt's Morsi Is Defiant In Court

Tue, 2014-01-28 08:07

Deposed President Mohammed Morsi appeared in court on charges related to a 2011 prison break. It was Morsi's second appearance in court since he was ousted in a military-backed coup in July amid nationwide protests against his rule. The trial was adjourned until Feb. 22.

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How A Divorce Can Boost Health Insurance Subsidies

Tue, 2014-01-28 07:56

If a couple divorces, each person's eligibility for insurance-related tax credits will generally be based on his or her own annual income. The former spouse's income won't be counted, even if the couple filed taxes jointly the previous year.

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Opposition 'Gaining Ground' In Ukraine?

Tue, 2014-01-28 07:54

The prime minister is quitting. Anti-protest laws have been repealed. Moves are being made that may give protesters amnesty. But the opposition says it will remain in the streets until the government agrees to its demands, which include new elections.

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One Way Lawmakers Are Trying To Prevent Government IT Disasters

Tue, 2014-01-28 07:51's launch problems inspired legislation aimed at ending a cycle of costly federal IT failures. The measure would create a Digital Government Office charged with reviewing and guiding major IT projects and boost competition for contracts.

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In China's Hugely Indebted Cities, Some Big Bills Are Coming Due

Tue, 2014-01-28 07:38

China's rapid growth has been fueled in large part by rampant borrowing. Local governments have racked up nearly $3 trillion in debt. Experts say such growth isn't sustainable, but the Communist Party controls the banking system, so defaults aren't likely.

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FDA Found Drugs Used In Food Animals To Be 'High Risk'

Tue, 2014-01-28 07:37

Documents show that Food and Drug Administration scientists allowed 18 drugs to be sold to farmers despite a risk to human health. Critics say the agency now needs to get companies to commit to phasing out the drugs given to animals at low doses to make them grow faster.

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Top Stories: Pete Seeger Dies; Obama Prepares To Address Nation

Tue, 2014-01-28 05:23

Also: The Deep South braces for a rare blast of winter weather; some Republican lawmakers shift on immigration; central banks move to boost emerging markets; and while the crisis in Ukraine continues, an anti-protest law there has been abolished.

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Obama To Raise Minimum Wage For Federal Contracts

Tue, 2014-01-28 05:00

The president will announce in his State of the Union address that he's signing an executive order to lift the pay in new federal contracts. A top adviser tells NPR that Obama has "warmed up to" the idea of using executive orders to move his agenda ahead.

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5 Things To Expect In Obama's State Of The Union Address

Tue, 2014-01-28 04:50

The populist issue of income inequality will get a full airing in President Obama's fifth State of the Union speech. But immigration could run a close second in a speech designed to advance the president's second term agenda.

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Pete Seeger, Folk Music Icon And Activist, Dies At 94

Tue, 2014-01-28 03:45

Seeger had been a mentor and an influence on younger musicians for decades. He will be remembered for his music and his social activism.

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Folk Activist Pete Seeger, Icon Of Passion And Ideals, Dies At 94

Tue, 2014-01-28 02:00

A tireless campaigner for his own vision of a utopia marked by peace and togetherness, Pete Seeger's tools were his songs, his voice, his enthusiasm and his musical instruments.

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Brothers Levin Near The End Of A 32-Year Congressional Partnership

Tue, 2014-01-28 00:43

Last March, Sen. Carl Levin announced his final term. But his brother, Rep. Sandy Levin, will run for re-election next year. "It's difficult for me to imagine Carl's not being a partner and my closest friend," Sandy says. Tuesday's State of the Union speech will be the last where they sit, as they always have, side by side.

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Pete Seeger, Troubadour And Activist, Dies At 94

Mon, 2014-01-27 23:48

Banjo-picking Pete Seeger, who sang for migrant workers, college students and star-struck presidents, died Monday night in New York City. His career introduced generations of Americans to folk music.

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Inspector General: Literacy Training Of Afghan Forces Has Limited Success

Mon, 2014-01-27 21:02

Three years after a $200 million program was started, 50 percent of recruits are illiterate. Teaching all 352,000 recruits to read and write at a first-grade level, said some officials, may be "unrealistic."

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