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N.J. Bridge Scandal: New Emails And Documents Are Released

Fri, 2014-01-10 14:44

A New Jersey committee released a trove of documents Friday that shed more light on the bridge lane-closure scandal that is embroiling Republican Gov. Chris Christie's administration. The panel is seeking details on what's seen as an act of political retribution.

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American Beer Fans, Praise The Heavens: A Trappist Brewery In U.S.

Fri, 2014-01-10 13:54

Trappist monks are known for producing some of the world's finest beers. But until recently, all of them were brewed in Europe. Next week, Spencer Trappist Ale, made by the monks of St. Joseph's Abbey in Massachusetts, hits retail shelves.

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Marijuana 'Hash Oil' Explodes In Popularity, And Kitchens

Fri, 2014-01-10 13:51

A potent, syrupy extract of marijuana has become a popular way to ingest pot among young people, particularly in places where pot use has been liberalized. That has public safety officials worried, in part because making the substance can have explosive side effects.

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A Story Of The Boston Marathon Bombing, As Told On Skates

Fri, 2014-01-10 13:42

Figure skater Ross Miner hopes to qualify for the Winter Olympics, and the final competition starts Friday night in Boston, where Miner will perform his experience of last year's bombing, through moves and music.

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How A Community Bank Tripped On Footnote 1,861 Of The Volcker Rule

Fri, 2014-01-10 13:00

An obscure provision in the finance overhaul is causing problems for small banks. It turns out, it's hard to figure out which risks banks should be allowed to take.

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Dying Stars Write Their Own Swan Songs

Fri, 2014-01-10 12:59

Astronomy professor Alicia Soderberg is turning the final moments of stars into music. In doing so, she's learning just how different the supernova explosions can be.

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An Execution In North Korea Has A Chilling Effect In China

Fri, 2014-01-10 12:52

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's execution of his uncle was about more than an internal power struggle. Jang Song Thaek oversaw economic ties with China and was accused of selling North Korean resources to its main ally on the cheap.

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Tech Week That Was: CES, T-Mobile CEO And Predictions For 2014

Fri, 2014-01-10 12:11

In this first full week of 2014, tech headlines came fast and furiously out of the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas, and beyond.

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What's Behind The Drop In Unemployment

Fri, 2014-01-10 11:43

The unexpected dip to 6.7 percent may seem like good news, but the rate slid in December in part because the country found itself with a smaller workforce as people retired or just dropped out. At the same time, most of the jobs being created are in low-wage industries.

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Half Of A Drug's Power Comes From Thinking It Will Work

Fri, 2014-01-10 11:38

Words matter when it comes to medicine. By comparing placebo pills labeled as migraine medicine with medicine labeled placebos, doctors figured out that half of the pain relief of medication comes from a person's belief in its effectiveness.

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Same-Sex Couples In Utah Made Eligible For Federal Benefits

Fri, 2014-01-10 09:30

The marriages of more than 900 couples have been put on hold as courts weigh in. But "those families should not be asked to endure uncertainty regarding their status as the litigation unfolds," Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday.

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Why Hospitals And Families Still Struggle To Define Death

Fri, 2014-01-10 09:28

If a person loses all brain function, he or she is considered legally dead. But the cases of Jahi McMath and Marlise Muñoz have shown that even though doctors can declare someone dead, families and the courts might not always agree with that definition.

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A Green-Movement Website Shakes Up The Debate Over GMOs

Fri, 2014-01-10 09:19

If you're confused by the fight over genetically modified food — and even more if your mind is already made up — you might want to turn to an investigation of the topic carried out by the environmental website Grist. Instead of preaching to the deep-green choir, Grist's in-depth series questioned its faith.

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Gates Says His Points About Obama Have Been Mischaracterized

Fri, 2014-01-10 09:06

Reports this week about former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' new book have implied that he thinks President Obama approved a 2009 troop surge in Afghanistan believing the strategy would fail. But Gates tells NPR that's not right. He believes Obama became skeptical about the "troop surge" later on.

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Central African Republic's President Resigns At Regional Summit

Fri, 2014-01-10 08:55

Michel Djotodia, who took power in a coup last year, was unable to quell the violence that has engulfed his country, and was under pressure from regional leaders to quit. A bloody conflict has pit the country's majority Christian population against Muslims.

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Franklin McCain, One Of 'Greensboro Four,' Dies

Fri, 2014-01-10 08:09

In February 1960, four young black men sat down at a whites-only lunch counter in North Carolina. Their protest would be followed by others across the nation and become a key moment in the civil rights movement. McCain once said that he wasn't scared. He was angry.

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Maryland's Bold Plan To Curb Hospital Costs Gets Federal Blessing

Fri, 2014-01-10 06:58

Hospitals in Maryland would be financially rewarded for keeping people healthy and out of the hospital. The arrangement, once unimaginable, could serve as a model for containing hospital costs elsewhere in the country.

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Cuba, Land Of The $250,000 Family Sedan

Fri, 2014-01-10 06:35

For the first time in five decades, the Cuban government has begun selling new and used vehicles to anyone who can afford them. But with used Volkswagen Passats priced at $70,000 and a 2013 Peugeot sedan priced at $250,000, it's pretty clear the Castro government doesn't really want to sell them. Why?

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Cuba, Land Of The $250,000 Family Sedan

Fri, 2014-01-10 06:35

For the first time in five decades, the Cuban government has begun selling new and used vehicles to anyone who can afford them. But with used Volkswagen Passats priced at $70,000 and a 2013 Peugeot sedan priced at $250,000, it's pretty clear the Castro government doesn't really want to sell them. Why?

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Target Says 70 Million Individuals' Data May Have Been Stolen

Fri, 2014-01-10 05:28

The number of people affected by a data breach during the holiday shopping season has increased dramatically. Target says customers names, mailing addresses, phone numbers or email addresses were taken. It's offering free credit monitoring and "zero liability" for any fraudulent charges.

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