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Desegregation Pact Gets Judge's Approval In Arkansas

Mon, 2014-01-13 15:54

A long-running school desegregation fight is over, after a federal judge accepted a settlement reached by lawyers for black students, three Little Rock-area school districts, and the state. Under the deal, the state will no longer have to send yearly payments of around $70 million to aid desegregation.

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California Rep. George Miller To Retire

Mon, 2014-01-13 15:24

A top ally to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, the California Democrat announced Monday that he will not seek re-election after serving in Congress for 40 years.

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Coffee Myth-Busting: Cup Of Joe May Help Hydration And Memory

Mon, 2014-01-13 14:56

A new study adds to the evidence that among everyday coffee drinkers, the old wives' tale that coffee will lead to dehydration is really just that: a tale. Another study found that caffeine may help to consolidate memories in the short term, but may not help retrieve old memories.

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Game Over For Nintendo? Not If Mario And Zelda Fans Keep Playing

Mon, 2014-01-13 14:53

Some analysts say that Nintendo's days are numbered because sales of its new console, Wii U, have been lackluster. But since Nintendo still offers some of the most popular game franchises, the love of Zelda and Mario may keep the company going for a long time.

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Federal Health Care Enrollees: Older Outnumber Younger

Mon, 2014-01-13 14:50

For the first time, the Obama administration released demographic data about the more than 2 million people who have signed up for private health insurance through the exchanges set up by the federal government. The administration said it hopes the number of young people signing up will pick up steam.

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Google Buys Nest, May Soon Know How Cool You Like Your Home

Mon, 2014-01-13 14:37

The search giant bought Nest, the home automation startup with smart thermostats and smart smoke detectors that are found in homes around the world. It signals a tipping point for "the Internet of things."

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Borscht Make Your Heart Beet? They're Serving 70,000 Gallons In Sochi

Mon, 2014-01-13 13:55

Organizers of the Winter Games are preparing to serve up quite a bit of the hearty deep-red Russian staple soup. Which is kind of ironic, says Russian food writer Anya von Bremzen, since borscht carries with it complicated political implications. And not all borschts are created equal, Bremzen warns.

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High Court's Pass On 'Fetal Pain' Abortion Case Unlikely To Cool Debate

Mon, 2014-01-13 13:40

The Supreme Court's decision not to review a lower court ruling on Arizona's "fetal pain" law has abortion rights advocates hailing the move as a signal the court isn't inclined to take on the 40-year precedent of Roe v. Wade.

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Alex Rodriguez Sues Baseball, Players Union Over Suspension

Mon, 2014-01-13 13:34

Rodriguez also made public a decision by an independent arbitrator who ordered a 162-game suspension. The Yankees third baseman is accused of using performance-enhancing drugs.

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Older Folks Get Modest Memory Boost From Brain Boot Camp

Mon, 2014-01-13 13:30

Older people who took a few weeks of classes to train their brains reported doing slightly better at activities of daily living a decade later compared with people who hadn't been trained. But the perceived difference might be explained by the expectation that training would help.

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Sandwich Monday: The Breaded Steak Sandwich

Mon, 2014-01-13 13:16

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try the famous "Breaded Steak Sandwich" from Ricobene's in Chicago. Yes, it's what it sounds like, and no, you're not dreaming.

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With TV And Games, Sony's Head Is In The Cloud

Mon, 2014-01-13 13:00

At the Consumer Electronics Show on Tuesday, Sony amped up its talk of "transforming the living room" with its announcement of cloud-based gaming and television services.

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At Trade Show, Microsoft's Absence Looms Large

Mon, 2014-01-13 13:00

Microsoft did not make an appearance at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2014, nearly absent from the trade show for the first time in many years. Audie Cornish talks with David Linthicum, a blogger at InfoWorld, about where things stand with Microsoft.

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How The Hackers Did It: A Dicussion About Target's Data Breach

Mon, 2014-01-13 13:00

Millions of American customers of both Target and high-end retailer Neiman Marcus had their credit card information stolen over the 2013 holiday season. Melissa Block speaks with Mark Rasch, former Department of Justice prosecutor for cyber crimes, about how hackers may have acquired so much sensitive information — and what might be done with it.

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West Virginia Tap Water Ban Awaits A Good Flush

Mon, 2014-01-13 13:00

The ban on tap water is slowly lifting in and around Charleston, W.Va., where a chemical spill tainted the water supply. Hundreds of thousands of residents have been living without clean tap water for five straight days. With schools and many businesses closed, many local residents have had to change their daily routines.

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Beyond The Bridge, Christie Faces Questions About Sandy Funds

Mon, 2014-01-13 13:00

The federal government is investigating the Christie administration's decision to use some funds earmarked for recovery from Superstorm Sandy toward advertisements promoting tourism, which also featured Gov. Christie and his family. The governor is already being scrutinized for a traffic jam apparently ordered by his top staff members, allegedly as political payback. Robert Siegel speaks to Matt Katz about the investigations.

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Young People Account For A Quarter Of Health Care Enrollees

Mon, 2014-01-13 13:00

The Obama administration released new enrollment numbers on Monday for the government's health insurance exchange. The numbers address the demographics of enrollees in the exchange. Administration officials are encouraged that people under the age of 35 constitute approximately a quarter of enrollees.

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Review Of Terrorism Cases Finds NSA Spying Helped Very Little

Mon, 2014-01-13 11:50

A report by the New America Foundation found that information obtained from the NSA's phone metadata program spurred just 1.8 percent of the cases. Government claims of the spying programs success were "overblown," the study found.

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Chomp! Fish Snatches Bird In Flight: VIDEO

Mon, 2014-01-13 11:36

The African tigerfish can apparently leap into the air to catch fast-flying birds as they zoom by. There have been tales about this impressive feat. Now there's video of it.

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Side Effect Of Legal Pot: Police Budgets Take A Hit

Mon, 2014-01-13 11:19

Some states view legalizing marijuana as a way to find new tax revenue. But decriminalization can also remove a strong funding source for police: property forfeitures from drug dealers.

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