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Congressman's Lament: $174,000 Isn't Enough To Make Ends Meet

Fri, 2014-04-04 11:05

Rep. Jim Moran argues that members of Congress are underpaid. His claim has been greeted with derision, but there's evidence the cost of living in D.C. makes it tough for members of modest means.

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Cuisine And Culture Transform A Dallas Neighborhood

Fri, 2014-04-04 10:58

Trinity Groves, a 15-acre restaurant incubator, brought Chinese-Latin food and economic vitality back to West Dallas. What was once a dangerous neighborhood is now a hotspot for international eats.

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Nest Halts Sales Of Smoke Detector, Disables 'Wave' Feature

Fri, 2014-04-04 10:00

The Google owned company discovered users could unintentionally disable the device by waving their hands in front of the detector.

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India Sentences 3 To Hang For Multiple Rapes

Fri, 2014-04-04 09:14

The men were sentenced under a new, tougher law on sexual assaults. They were convicted in two separate cases, including the rape of a 23-year-old photojournalist in Mumbai.

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Could A 'Barbie' Get Real? What A Healthy Fashion Doll Looks Like

Fri, 2014-04-04 09:14

Barbie dolls are marketed with sports gear, but could they actually run on those spindly gams? The design for a doll based on an average 19-year-old's physique looks like it really has legs.

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Federal Judge Says He'll Require Ohio To Recognize Same-Sex Marriages

Fri, 2014-04-04 09:12

Voters approved a prohibition in 2004. The judge, during arguments over a case involving birth certificates of children of same-sex couples, previewed a decision he plans to issue on April 14.

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Bush's 'Art Of Leadership' Puts Putin And Others On Display

Fri, 2014-04-04 08:21

The 43rd president has taken up art since leaving the White House. The Bush center in Dallas is showing some of his portraits of world leaders. His favorite: that of his father, the 41st president.

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Tasting French Fries For A Living Can Be A Pain In The Mouth

Fri, 2014-04-04 08:04

Food industry "sensory panelists" spend hours chewing, swishing and analyzing food, sometimes to the point of pain. These tests ensure mass-produced products like frozen french fries hit the spot.

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Two Brave Journalists In Afghanistan

Fri, 2014-04-04 06:58

The two Associated Press journalists shot in Afghanistan shared a gift for finding the humanity in war zones. Photographer Anja Niedringhaus was killed, and reporter Kathy Gannon was wounded.

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Racing's Michael Schumacher Has 'Moments Of Consciousness'

Fri, 2014-04-04 05:56

The Formula One driving legend suffered a severe head injury while skiing in December. Doctors started to bring him out of a medically induced coma in late January. He is hospitalized in France.

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Jobless Rate Holds Steady As Employers Add 192,000 Jobs

Fri, 2014-04-04 04:05

While job growth appears to have been slightly less than expected in March, the growth in February was revised upward. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate is unchanged at 6.7 percent.

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Fort Hood MP Hailed As Hero For Confronting Shooter

Fri, 2014-04-04 03:45

Wednesday's shooting rampage, which left three victims dead and another 16 wounded, ended when Spc. Ivan Lopez reportedly killed himself. The officer had drawn her weapon and engaged the gunman.

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Who's Boosting Box Office Numbers? Report Says Latinos

Fri, 2014-04-04 03:03

Although Latinos are 17 percent of the population, they represent almost a third of frequent moviegoers. People of color overall attend movies at rates higher than their percentage of the population.

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AP Photographer Killed, Reporter Wounded By Gunman In Afghanistan

Fri, 2014-04-04 02:45

Anja Niedringhaus died and Kathy Gannon was seriously injured when a man opened fire. They were in a car in eastern Afghanistan. The gunman is reported to have been a police officer.

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Chicago Celebrates A Century Of Baseball At Wrigley Field

Fri, 2014-04-04 01:34

It's been the home of the Cubs since 1916, and in all that time, the team has never won a World Series. So why do fans keep showing up? Locals say Wrigley's hallowed status isn't just about baseball.

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Twitch Boosts A New Pro Category: Video Game Player

Thu, 2014-04-03 23:14

Watching a great gamer is like watching a tennis or baseball pro: "If they're really good then you can watch and learn," says Megu Kobayashi, who watches gamers on a site called Twitch.

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Supreme Court Stays Out Of Texas Execution Case

Thu, 2014-04-03 15:49

Attorneys sought a stay of execution because Texas refused to reveal details about the drugs it used to execute convicted killer Tommy Lynn Sells.

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Shooting Unfairly Links Violence With Mental Illness — Again

Thu, 2014-04-03 15:14

The vast majority of people, including soldiers, with PTSD, depression or other mental illness are not violent. Psychiatrists doubt the latest shooting at Fort Hood could have been predicted.

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One More Speed Bump For Your Retirement Fund: Basic Human Impulse

Thu, 2014-04-03 14:02

Basic human impulses often conflict with saving for retirement. For one thing, people hate losing something — even more than we love winning. Behavioral economists call this "loss aversion."

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Another Tragedy For A City All Too Familiar With Extreme Gun Violence

Thu, 2014-04-03 13:54

In Killeen, Texas, another mass shooting had some asking, "Again?" The flags flew at half staff as the community began to pick up the pieces.

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