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GOP Leaders: Gas Tax Hike Could Fuel Fixes To Bad Roads And Bridges

Mon, 2014-12-08 12:31

Several states, including those led by Republicans, aren't waiting for Congress to shore up the federal highway trust fund and help pay for repairing worn out infrastructure.

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Obama Administration Unveils New Ban On Racial Profiling

Mon, 2014-12-08 12:12

Attorney General Eric Holder says he hopes state and local police will adopt the new guidelines for federal law enforcers.

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Sandwich Monday: Doritos Loaded

Mon, 2014-12-08 12:00

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try 7-Eleven's latest creation, Doritos Loaded. They're a vaguely Doritos-shaped fried thing stuffed with cheese.

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U.K. Lawmaker Apologizes For Playing 'Candy Crush Saga' At Hearing

Mon, 2014-12-08 12:00

Nigel Mills said his actions "fell short of what is expected of a member of Parliament." But a colleague defended him, saying hearings were "boring" and he himself had had trouble staying awake.

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Ebola Cases Are Down, So Should Liberians Stop Worrying?

Mon, 2014-12-08 11:11

The country is now reporting fewer than 100 new cases each week. But the CDC's chief there says Liberia must stay alert and not allow the presence of Ebola to become a new norm.

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How Afghanistan Vets Are Trying To Cultivate Peace Through Saffron

Mon, 2014-12-08 10:57

Afghanistan has an ideal climate for growing saffron, the most expensive spice in the world. But little is exported. Rumi Spice is working with small farmers there to build the U.S. market for it.

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U.S. Boosts Security At Facilities Ahead Of Torture Report's Release

Mon, 2014-12-08 10:54

The White House says the report "could lead to a greater risk" to U.S. facilities and individuals around the world, but that the president supported the Senate's release scheduled for Tuesday.

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2014 A Year Of 'Unspeakable Brutality' For Children In Conflict Zones

Mon, 2014-12-08 10:19

The United Nations Children's Fund says that an estimated 230 million children around the world live in countries where there are armed conflicts.

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End Fraternities' Suspension, UVa Urged, Amid 'Rolling Stone' Fallout

Mon, 2014-12-08 10:00

The call by national organizations representing fraternities and sororities comes after the magazine acknowledged "discrepancies" in its story on gang rape. The story had prompted the suspensions.

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Despite Decline, Elective Early Births Remain A Medicaid Problem

Mon, 2014-12-08 09:47

The rate for early elective delivery for women covered by Medicaid has fallen since 2007. Still, the early births remain common and are a potential source of health trouble for mothers and babies.

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Ebola, Schmebola — You Still Have To Look Good!

Mon, 2014-12-08 09:13

Liberians aren't letting a brutal epidemic put a crimp in their amazing sense of fashion. The streets are still full of stylish folks, because as the local saying goes, "Looking good is business."

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Fringe No More: 'Ancient Grains' Will Soon Be A Cheerios Variety

Mon, 2014-12-08 09:05

General Mills helped define the industrial era of American breakfasting with its ringlets of processed oats. Soon, it'll put out a version with "ancient grains," which aren't, actually, very ancient.

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Supreme Court Rejects BP's Challenge To Gulf Oil Spill Settlement

Mon, 2014-12-08 08:51

The oil giant had hoped to limit how much it will pay under a 2012 settlement with people and businesses on the Gulf Coast. BP originally estimated it would pay $7.8 billion to settle claims.

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When A Stray Dog's In Trouble, Katmandu's Canine Rescuers Jump To It

Mon, 2014-12-08 07:43

The city is home to some 20,000 strays. They roam the streets, they beg for food, they howl and fight at night and they often need medical help.

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IOC Unveils Changes Including Lower Bidding Costs, More Sports At Olympics

Mon, 2014-12-08 07:31

The changes adopted today at a two-day meeting in Monaco include a new Olympic channel. They are all part of biggest change in decades to the International Olympic Committee.

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Democratic Mayors Back Obama's Immigration Plan, Citing Economic Benefits

Mon, 2014-12-08 07:23

Some 20 U.S. mayors meeting in New York hope to persuade some 4 million undocumented residents to come forward and apply for deferred action.

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Doctors Are Slow To Adopt Changes In Breast Cancer Treatment

Mon, 2014-12-08 07:20

There's not much evidence that radiation increases survival in older women with early-stage breast cancer, but doctors are still prescribing it. It can be hard to get doctors to change protocols.

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21 Dead As Hagupit Hits Philippines; Storm's Impact Less Severe Than Expected

Mon, 2014-12-08 06:19

Hagupit, now a tropical storm, forced more than a million people into shelters after it made landfall on Saturday. But it spared the Philippines the devastation of last year's Typhoon Haiyan.

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Bay Area Protests Turn Violent For Second Night In A Row

Mon, 2014-12-08 05:48

Demonstrators vandalized businesses and blocked traffic on a freeway. The protests came in the wake of police killings in Missouri and New York.

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Kids' Drawings Speak Volumes About Home

Mon, 2014-12-08 05:25

A first-grader's quick doodle can tell researchers plenty about what's happening — or not happening — at home.

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