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1.3 Million Americans Prepare For Life After Unemployment Checks

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Unemployment benefits for 1.3 million Americans expire this Saturday. Congress refused to approve another extension of benefits for the long term unemployed before the end of the year. Illinois could be one of the state's most affected, as it's 8.7 percent unemployment rate is well above the national average. For two of the state's long-term unemployed, the abrupt end of unemployment benefits will have a big effect.
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Musicians 'Let It All Out' At MTV's Video Music Awards

Complex magazine writer Alex Gale talks about the more than 30-year history and previews what to expect for Sunday night's Video Music Awards on MTV.
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Japan's Centuries-Old Tradition Of Making Soba Noodles

In the remote mountains of the Japanese island of Shikoku, an old woman makes soba noodles by hand from locally grown buckwheat. It's ancient technique that is adapting to modern times.
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D.C. Department Shakeup Raises Questions About Pay-To-Play Politics

Turnover at a major D.C. government department is raising questions about local businesses, political contributions and influence in city politics.

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A Hero For The Arts And Sciences: Upcoming Marvel Covers Promote STEAM Fields

The five covers feature the company's heroes — including Spiderman, Iron Man, and the Hulk — all engaging in activities educators have been trying to promote.

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