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Ron Paul Celebrates A Leap Day Birthday — His Wife's

Ron Paul ignored the primaries in Arizona and Michigan Tuesday night and took his campaign to Virginia, where only he and Mitt Romney are on the March 6 ballot.

Paul teased a sometimes boisterous crowd at a Springfield banquet hall just a few miles outside of the nation's capital. "You're such a noisy bunch. What's going on here?" Paul joked. "I keep saying they're sound asleep in Washington. We have to be noisy so they hear us!"

The Texas congressman also introduced his wife of 55 years, Carol, who has a leap day birthday on Wednesday — Feb. 29. She received roses while the audience sang, "Happy Birthday."

Paul finished third in the Michigan primary with less than 12 percent of the vote, and fourth in Arizona, where he looked likely to finish with less than 10 percent of the vote. He barely acknowledged the contests in his speech.

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An Exuberantly Dark First Novel Explores The Chaos Of Central Africa

Fiston Mwanza Mujila's novel, Tram 83, is a freewheeling tale about life in an imaginary place inspired by the author's home country, the Democratic Republic of Congo. Critic John Powers has a review.
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Marion Nestle: "Soda Politics: Taking On Big Soda (And Winning)"

Changing public attitudes have led to a decline in U.S. soda sales. But health expert Marion Nestle believes many people still consume unhealthy amounts of sugary drinks. She argues beverage companies are spending millions on research that misleads consumers.


Sen. Harry Reid Sues Makers Of Exercise Band Over His Injuries

The Senate minority leader and his wife are seeking more than $50,000 in damages over what they say is a defective resistance band that caused him to lose sight in his right eye, among other injuries.

How Skyscraper Construction Ties Into Tech Bubbles

There's a lot of talk in Silicon Valley about a tech bubble.Our Planet Money podcast team examines one possible indicator of a bubble: architecture. Very, very tall architecture.

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