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Survey Asks Britons How Often Bed Sheets Are Changed

The mattress company Ergoflex sponsored the survey. Among men, aged 18 to 25, more than half said they put fresh sheets on just four times a year. Half of those guys said they thought this was perfectly fine.
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Talk Of Strike On Syria Moves From 'Will It Happen?' To When

American officials say there's little doubt the Assad regime used chemical weapons to kill scores of people last week. As U.S. Navy ships close in, analysts say it's likely that cruise missiles will be fired at Syrian "command and control" centers in coming days. The goal? Alter Assad's behavior.
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India's Currency Drops Following U.S. Fed Shift In Policy

The problems were triggered when the Federal Reserve said it would soon ease bond buying. Renee Montagne talks to Amy Kazmin, a correspondent for the Financial Times in New Delhi, about the troubles with India's economy.
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Hagel's Indonesia Trip Consumed By Thoughts On Syria

The Syria government says it will allow U.N. weapons inspectors to access the site of an apparent chemical weapons attack outside Damascus. Last week's attack left hundreds of civilians dead, and could lead to a military response by the U.S. and other western nations. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is on a planned trip to Indonesia.
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What Are The U.S. Options Regarding Syria?

When it comes to action in Syria, the U.S. has moved from will it — to what will it do? Analyst Aaron David Miller, a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center, tells Renee Montagne that it is "almost inevitable that the president will authorize some form of military action" in Syria after last week's alleged chemical attack against civilians.
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Fed Decision Sends Brazil's Currency Lower

When the Federal Reserve announced it had a plan to taper U.S. economic stimulus measures, shockwaves were felt across financial markets overseas. Anticipation of the Fed's action has sent Brazil's currency tumbling in one of the world's most important emerging markets.
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For Pakistan And Afghanistan, Soccer As Reconciliation

Relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan have been tense for years. A recent soccer game seemed to ease the friction, at least temporarily.
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In the Beginning, There Were ... Dumplings?

From Warsaw to Wuhan, people around the world love dumplings. They're tasty little packages that can be made of any grain and stuffed with whatever the locals crave. But where did they come from? Some think prehistoric people may have been cooking them up.
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Pain, Loss And Tears Come With Medal Of Honor

Staff Sergeant Ty Michael Carter is receiving the nation's highest military honor. He feels privileged, but says "I would never tell any soldier or service member, 'Hey, go out and get the Medal of Honor', because of the amount of pain and loss and tears that has to be shed in order to receive it."
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World Reacts To Alleged Syrian Chemical Attack

Opposition groups have accused the Syrian government of using chemical weapons earlier this week against civilians in a suburb of Damascus. Syrian President Bashar Assad denies the claims and has agreed to allow U.N. inspectors to investigate. Meanwhile, President Obama and others in Washington are weighing different response options.

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