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Boston Drops Out Of The Running For 2024 Olympic Games

Bostonians are breathing a sigh of relief or regretting a lost opportunity — depending on how they felt about the city's bid to host the 2024 Olympics. Opponents said the games would run over budget.
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The Struggle To Breathe Life Back Into Empty Schools

As urban schools across the country continue to lose students, the question districts like St. Louis face is: What to do with all of those empty buildings?
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The Demise Of Old-Style Demolition Derby

Demo derby used to be a low-budget hobby for guys who bought jalopies for one last romp before the scrap heap. But the event has changed — and some fear it may be running out of gas.
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Squeezed By Drought, California Farmers Switch To Less Thirsty Crops

Water scarcity is leading farmers away from planting staples and towards planting higher-value, lower-water specialty crops. Think wine grapes and pomegranates instead of citrus and avocados.
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New York's LaGuardia Airport To Get Much-Needed Overhaul

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Vice President Joe Biden announced the plan to replace LaGuardia airport with a new terminal, at a projected cost of $4 billion. Construction is expected to begin next year.
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The 'Swim Whisperer' Teaches Kids To Be Water-Safe

For 20 years, Conrad Cooper has been helping children in Los Angeles learn to swim by earning his young students' unwavering trust.
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Tired Of The Big City? Consider Telecommuting From Montana

Greg Gianforte, a successful high-tech entrepreneur, is recruiting — not for his company, but for telecommuters to move to rural Montana and bring their high-paying jobs with them.
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Boy Scouts Of America End Blanket Ban On Gay Leaders

The Boy Scouts National Executive Board approved a resolution that would allow "openly gay adult leaders and employees." But local units will still be able to bar gay leaders.
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California Health Insurance Exchange Keeps Rate Hikes Low — Again

Monthly premiums for health insurance plans in the Covered California marketplace will increase by an average of 4 percent for 2016. The price for some plans will drop.
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With Religious Services, Immigrant Detainees Find 'Calmness'

In-house chaplains have helped detainees cope with daily frustration, even reducing violence in detention centers. But meeting the spiritual needs of people from all over the world is a challenge.

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