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Wrong! Deconstructing 5 Famous History Stories

Fri, 2014-06-20 05:46

You don't question them. You don't doubt them. You hear them so often, you wouldn't know they are lies. Here are five historical "facts" that aren't true. Never were. And now you'll know.

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Sanctions Common Against Doctors With Odd Medicare Billing

Fri, 2014-06-20 05:14

Medicare data show a pattern of problematic payments to doctors with a history of disciplinary action. Yet state medical boards don't usually look at billing as a trigger for investigations.

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Leading Shiite Cleric Says Iraq Needs A New Government

Fri, 2014-06-20 04:26

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani's comments add to criticisms that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki hasn't done enough to bridge sectarian rifts. The cleric also says ISIS militants must be expelled.

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Is A Threat On Facebook Real? Supreme Court Will Weigh In

Fri, 2014-06-20 03:28

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case involving perceived death threats on Facebook. The court and the company could have starkly different approaches to identifying credible threats.

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Married Same-Sex Couples To Receive More Federal Benefits

Fri, 2014-06-20 03:19

The newly expanded benefits would allow people in a same-sex marriage to take time off from work to care for their spouses, no matter which state they live in.

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Obama Moves To Ensure Sick Leave For Gay Couples

Fri, 2014-06-20 00:09

The Labor Department will be directed to start drafting rules making clear that the Family and Medical Leave Act applies to same-sex couples.

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Inheriting A Rare Skin Condition, And The Ability To Laugh About It

Thu, 2014-06-19 23:39

Cheri and Phillip Lindsay both have a rare condition that causes them to gradually lose skin pigment in patches. But it was easier for her to deal with it, Cheri says, because of her dad's example.

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Scientists Keep A Careful Eye On The World Cup Ball

Thu, 2014-06-19 23:38

After a botched redesign in 2010 caused the ball to behave erratically, independent scientists have carefully studied the new ball.

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CDC Says Dozens Of Workers Could Have Been Exposed To Anthrax

Thu, 2014-06-19 15:51

The live anthrax bacteria may have become airborne as lab workers were transferring it from one facility to another without following the correct procedure for rendering it inert, the CDC says.

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Songwriter Gerry Goffin, With Hits In The 60s And 70s, Dies At 75

Thu, 2014-06-19 14:48

Along with his musical partner and onetime wife, Carole King, he wrote such Top 40 hits as "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman."

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House Republicans' Top Leadership Gets A Red-State Member

Thu, 2014-06-19 13:54

While California Rep. Kevin McCarthy was picked as the new House majority leader, more conservative members got someone closer to their ideological and regional liking for the majority whip position.

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Largest U.S. Presbyterian Denomination OKs Marrying Gay Couples

Thu, 2014-06-19 13:54

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has voted to change its definition of marriage to "two people" and allow its pastors to officiate at same-sex weddings in states where such marriages are legal.

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Saddam's Ex-Officer: We've Played Key Role In Helping Militants

Thu, 2014-06-19 13:40

Sunni militants of ISIS have raised their black flags in towns they've captured in northern Iraq. But they've had help from, and share a goal with, former members of Saddam Hussein's security forces.

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Injured German Cave Researcher Rescued After 2-Week Ordeal

Thu, 2014-06-19 13:18

Johann Westhauser was hurt in a rock fall on June 8 as he and two companions were taking measurements in the Alps' Riesending cave system.

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Indians Caught In Middle Of Iraq's Worsening Crisis

Thu, 2014-06-19 12:34

India's new government faces its first major foreign policy test after the abduction of 40 Indian workers by suspected militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

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GOP Completes Leadership Shuffle, As McCarthy And Scalise Step Up

Thu, 2014-06-19 12:33

House Republicans voted on leadership positions. While Rep. Kevin McCarthy stepped up to the role of majority leader, Rep. Steve Scalise overcame a more crowded competition to replace McCarthy.

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American Apparel's Founder Is Out, Tailed By Reports Of Misconduct

Thu, 2014-06-19 12:12

The board of American Apparel has voted to removed the company's founder and CEO, Dov Charney, from his leadership positions. The decision follows allegations of sexual misconduct against Charney.

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Ukrainian Rebels Reject Cease-Fire, As Russian Troops Line Border

Thu, 2014-06-19 12:12

Pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine have rejected a cease-fire plan offered by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

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Obama Plans To Send Advisers To Iraq, Leaving Air Strikes On Table

Thu, 2014-06-19 12:12

President Obama spoke at the White House briefing room to announce next steps in Iraq. Conditions there continue to deteriorate, along with faith in the country's prime minister.

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Obama Lays Out Iraq Proposals, But What Lies Beyond?

Thu, 2014-06-19 12:12

Before the White House press corps Thursday, President Obama laid out his proposal for a U.S. military response in Iraq. He said he's prepared to send up to 300 military advisers to support Iraq's security forces, leaving open the possibility of targeted air strikes in the future. Melissa Block talks to retired Lt. Gen. Michael Barbero about Obama's plan.

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