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Some Brits Not Ready To Say 'Ta-Ra' To Iconic Telephone Box

Tue, 2014-01-14 00:35

A race is on to save Britain's beloved crimson phone booth, threatened not by habitat loss or climate change, but by the ubiquity of cell phones. The country had 92,000 payphones in 2002; now, it has just 48,000. But devotees are finding new uses for the booths.

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California Hospital Workers Pitch Obamacare To ER Patients

Tue, 2014-01-14 00:34

Some 5,000 uninsured people go into O'Connor Hospital's emergency department each year. A staffer tasked with helping them find coverage says 70 percent of the people she sees could now get it — if they follow through and apply.

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Discovering Grief And Freedom In A Family's History Of Slavery

Tue, 2014-01-14 00:32

Robert Goins was tracing his genealogy when he found his ancestors' names listed among livestock and farm implements in a plantation ledger. With that painful discovery, he kept digging until he found a very different story: that of a great-great-great-grandfather who lived as a freeman.

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Egypt Holds Key Vote On Country's New Charter

Mon, 2014-01-13 23:20

Egyptians start voting Tuesday on a draft for their country's next constitution. It's a vision for the nation's future and a milestone in a military-backed roadmap put in place after Mohammed Morsi was overthrown in a coup last July.

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Officers Acquitted In California Homeless Death

Mon, 2014-01-13 23:14

Two former Fullerton police officers who were videotaped in a violent struggle with a homeless man during an arrest were acquitted Monday of killing him. The arrest was captured on a 33-minute surveillance video that was key evidence at the trial.

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Mysteries Persist Surrounding West Virginia Chemical Spill

Mon, 2014-01-13 17:54

West Virginia officials told residents Monday to flush out their home water systems before using the tap water again, and the ban on the water persists in some places. Tests at the affected water treatment plant show almost no contamination. However, some toxicologists say, the spill shows how little is known about many chemicals in common use.

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Water Bans Lifted In Several West Virginia Areas

Mon, 2014-01-13 16:49

Some 300,000 water customers have been under a ban since a chemical spill last Thursday. The ban on using tap water was lifted in at least three affected areas Monday.

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Nearly Six Decades Later, Integration Remains A Work In Progress

Mon, 2014-01-13 16:47

In Little Rock, Ark., a federal judge approved a settlement that brings an end to a landmark school desegregation case. The case dates back to 1957, when nine black students integrated Central High School, which up until that point was all-white. But after 60 years of desegregation efforts, are the classes really integrated?

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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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