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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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Months After 'Blackfish' Release, Controversy Over SeaWorld Grows

Wed, 2014-01-15 14:54

An anti-SeaWorld movement has unfolded online and on social media in the wake of the documentary about the death of an orca trainer at the park. Musical acts and schoolchildren have boycotted the theme park — but it's still drawing big crowds.

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IMF's Lagarde: Any U.S. Budget Deal Is Better Than None

Wed, 2014-01-15 14:28

"We are all very pleased to see an orderly budget process is back," the head of the International Monetary Fund says, as Congress works on spending legislation.

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German Farmers Fear For Europe's Bacon With U.S. Trade Deal

Wed, 2014-01-15 13:19

German farmers protested Wednesday against a free trade deal with the U.S. that could lift restrictions on American meat sold in Europe. The farmers say they are worried not just about poor quality meat but about unfair competition.

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House Republicans Join In Passing $1 Trillion Spending Bill

Wed, 2014-01-15 13:16

In a bipartisan compromise, lawmakers approved the 1,582-page spending bill. The Senate is expected to follow suit later this week.

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Senate Committee Lays Blame For Benghazi With State Department

Wed, 2014-01-15 13:02

The Senate Intelligence Committee has released a new bipartisan report on the 2012 Benghazi attack. The report finds that the attack was preventable. According to the committee, fault lies with the State Department for failing to provide adequate security or heed warnings about a deteriorating security situation. The committee claims that individuals associated with al-Qaida affiliates participated in the attack, but it stops short of saying the attack was pre-planned. The report also does not implicate the "core" al-Qaida leadership.

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Justices Appear Divided On Abortion Clinic Buffer Zones

Wed, 2014-01-15 13:00

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the constitutionality of the buffer zones that are often established around abortion clinics. In the courtroom, Chief Justice John Roberts' silence seemed to indicate that he likely will be the deciding vote in the case.

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Boeing Machinists' Plight Marks Changing Times For Labor

Wed, 2014-01-15 13:00

The push by Boeing to wring concessions from its unionized workers — including the loss of pensions — echoes what's happened at other big manufacturers and demonstrates the state of organized labor across the country.

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Fed Vice Chairman Nominee Taught Bernanke And Many Others

Wed, 2014-01-15 13:00

President Obama has nominated Stanley Fischer to be vice chairman of the Federal Reserve. Fischer trained outgoing Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, and he spent much of the last decade running Israel's central bank. If confirmed, Fischer would take over the position being vacated by Janet Yellen, who was recently confirmed as Bernanke's successor.

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Bangkok Protests Roil The Thai Economy

Wed, 2014-01-15 13:00

The prime minster of Thailand says she plans to go ahead with next month's elections, despite opposition protests that have blocked much of the center of Bangkok. The anti-government demonstrators want the current, caretaker prime minister to step down, to be replaced with an unelected "people's council". The political turmoil is also impacting the local economy.

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