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Vatican Comes Under U.N. Scrutiny Over Priest Abuse Scandal

Thu, 2014-01-16 06:35

The Committee on the Rights of the Child takes church officials to task for their handling of sex abuse allegations, saying the Holy See must "take all appropriate measures" to keep children safe.

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Weekly Jobless Claims Hold Steady At Pre-Recession Level

Thu, 2014-01-16 06:26

The good news is that it appears layoffs are not piling up too rapidly. The bad news is that new jobs aren't either.

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Colleges Guide Low-Income Students From Getting In To Graduating

Thu, 2014-01-16 05:52

An education summit at the White House focuses on finding new ways to help poor students succeed. "The dirty little secret of American higher education is that universities care about racial diversity and do a good job of trying to promote that, but they completely ignore the issue of socioeconomic diversity," says one scholar.

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Oscar Nominees For Best Picture Include 'Captain Phillips,' 'Gravity'

Thu, 2014-01-16 05:46

The latest nominees for the movie industry's highest awards are out. Nine films have also been nominated for the "best picture" award. The others: American Hustle, Dallas Buyers Club, Her, Nebraska, Philomena, 12 Years a Slave and The Wolf of Wall Street.

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Do You Know Who Owns Your Favorite Liquor?

Thu, 2014-01-16 05:29

Many spirits are tied to a particular place, but liquor companies have gone global and a small number of firms now dominate the market internationally.

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34 Officers At Nuclear Site May Have Cheated On Exams

Thu, 2014-01-16 04:50

An investigation into alleged drug use by officers led to evidence that some had also been sharing answers to proficiency exams, the Air Force says. The 34 who allegedly were involved have been suspended. It's the latest in a string of scandals for the nuclear missile launch command.

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Hal Faulkner, Marine Whose Last Wish Was An Honorable Discharge, Dies

Thu, 2014-01-16 04:00

In 1956, Faulkner was given an "undesirable" discharge because he was gay. About a year ago, Faulkner learned he had terminal cancer. The Marines expedited a change in his status and earlier this month Faulkner's discharge was changed to "honorable." He died Tuesday at the age of 79.

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Jordan: Israeli Prime Minister On Unexpected Visit To Jordan

Thu, 2014-01-16 02:00

Jordan's Royal Palace says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in Amman for talks with the king on the latest in Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations.

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Detroit Touts Clean, Efficient Diesels, But America Isn't Sold

Thu, 2014-01-16 00:29

Hybrids and battery-powered cars are all the rage, but some car companies are investing in an older technology: diesel. The newest vehicles are cleaner and more powerful, and some drivers report getting up to 50 mpg. So what's keeping U.S. customers from switching pumps?

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Sometimes A Perfect Stranger Is The Best Dinner Host

Thu, 2014-01-16 00:28

A new food trend gaining popularity in New York and other cities allows diners to enjoy fine meals inside someone else's home. But the food is often just an excuse for what can essentially be a really great party with a bunch of people you've never met.

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An Old Tree Doesn't Get Taller, But Bulks Up Like A Body-Builder

Thu, 2014-01-16 00:28

An aging tree's girth is good for the planet, scientists say, because it helps it suck more carbon dioxide out of the air. "It's as if, on your favorite sports team, you find out the star players are a bunch of 90-year-olds," one ecologist says.

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Jobs Pitchman Takes Labor Department's Show On the Road

Thu, 2014-01-16 00:27

Raising the minimum wage, extending unemployment benefits and attacking income inequality are all on the Obama administration's domestic agenda. And they all fall under the purview of Labor Secretary Tom Perez, who has only been on the job since July.

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Florida Bill Would Allow Medical Marijuana For Child Seizures

Thu, 2014-01-16 00:26

This variety of the drug has very little of the primary component that produces the high. Families have been moving to Colorado to get access to the therapy.

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For A Better Bobsled, Team USA Turns To Race Cars

Thu, 2014-01-16 00:25

It's been 78 years since the U.S. brought home Olympic gold in the two-man bobsled event. Other countries routinely work with race car companies to improve their sleds, so the Americans decided to follow suit by teaming up with designers at BMW.

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Scandal-Struck Christie To Meet With Sandy Victims

Wed, 2014-01-15 23:25

Gov. Chris Christie, eager to get on with business amid a scandal over traffic jams that appear to have been manufactured by his aides, is meeting with homeowners affected by Superstorm Sandy. At the same time, the Legislature prepares to issue new subpoenas as part of its investigation.

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Extreme Heat Brings Australian Open To A Halt

Wed, 2014-01-15 23:19

The scorching weather finally brought play to a halt on the fourth day of the Australian Open when the temperature topped 109F. Some players had criticized officials for not stopping matches earlier.

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New Nuke Scandal: 34 Officers Accused Of Cheating

Wed, 2014-01-15 23:14

The Air Force has disclosed that 34 officers entrusted with the world's deadliest weapons have been removed from launch duty for allegedly cheating — or tolerating cheating by others — on routine proficiency tests.

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Pregnant Women Warned Against Drinking Water In W.Va. Area

Wed, 2014-01-15 17:58

The CDC says pregnant women should stick to bottled water until all traces of a coal-treatment chemical are gone from the local water supply.

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Rental Car Surprise: Comes With An AR-15 In The Back

Wed, 2014-01-15 17:09

A Florida vacation got off to an odd start for Judith Fleissig, 58, of Rochester, N.Y., when she and her daughter realized the car they'd rented had an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle. More oddness followed: The gun was left there by the wife of Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, police say.

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Obama Nominates Maria Contreras-Sweet To Head SBA

Wed, 2014-01-15 15:21

Born in Mexico, Contreras-Sweet was the first Latina to serve as a cabinet secretary in California when she led its Business, Transportation and Housing Agency from 1999-2003.

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