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Do Brain Training Games Work?

An explosion of brain training games and apps has people spotting patterns, adding numbers and remembering sequences in hopes of boosting their mental fitness. A new study finds that a modest amount of brain training can improve cognitive speed, reasoning and memory, with effects lasting as long as a decade. But skeptics say many of the claims we hear are largely hype, and that even if you grow more proficient at a specific game or task, there's no larger benefit. We explore the popularity of brain games and the questions about their effectiveness.

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Debbie Allen On 'Fame,' Stage And Men In Tights

Debbie Allen won Fame for playing an iconic dance teacher in film and television. Now, she's getting new fans for roles on shows like Grey's Anatomy. She talks about the highs and lows of her career.
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Bracing For A Battle, Vermont Passes GMO Labeling Bill

Vermont is the first state to pass a law requiring GMO labeling, and other states are close behind. But a federal lawmaker recently introduced a bill that would outlaw state rules like Vermont's.
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Is Drug Testing For Welfare Fair?

Florida Gov. Rick Scott's plan to drug test state workers and welfare recipients ran into trouble in the courts. Law professor Pauline Kim and reporter Curt Anderson discuss the drug testing battle.
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The Ten Commandments In The Digital Age

From adultery to envy, is social media making it harder to honor the Ten Commandments? Paul Edwards of The Deseret News talks about its series on how the Commandments fit into American life today.

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