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Gritty Camden, NJ, Old-School Tactics And New Tech Cut Crime

A new crime-fighting strategy is showing early signs of hope in one New Jersey city. Camden has long been known as the home of intense poverty and crime. But since a new police force started walking the streets a few months ago, violent crime has dropped and many residents and officials say things are finally getting better.

Small Kentucky Town Makes High Tech Glass Amid Bucolic Farmland

The small farming town of Harrodsburg, Ky., is the home of Willow Glass, thin and flexible, soon to find it's way into the marketplace. It's made by Corning in the same plant that developed Gorilla Glass, the protective cover for Apple's iPhone, and now used by more than thirty other makers of personal devices.

At A Younger Age, Mormon Women Are Eager To Share Their Faith

A year after the Mormon Church lowered the minimum age for female missionaries from 21 to 19, a quarter of all missionaries are now women. The female missionaries might be helping the church's message reach a more diverse population.

The 'Tech Surge' Is Racing Against The Clock

The Obama administration is sending in computer engineers from inside and outside government to fix the ongoing problems with But the Affordable Care Act's legal deadlines mean that the programmers will be racing against the clock.

Kansas Farmers Commit To Taking Less Water From The Ground

Water from the Ogallala Aquifer is withdrawn about six times faster than rain or rivers can recharge it. Now, a group of farmers in one part of northwestern Kansas has agreed to pump 20 percent less water out of the aquifer over the next five years.

Online Dating Is On The Rise (But There Are Still Haters)

We're buying cars online, ordering groceries online and, more and more, finding love there too. Online dating, and social support for it, is at an all-time high. But whether you're beginning or ending relationships digitally, you might have some awkward encounters.

Fugitive Arrest: Former Banking Executive Caught In Italy

Italian police have arrested a former UBS bank executive who is wanted in the United States on charges that he helped wealthy clients evade billions in U.S. taxes. Raoul Weill became a fugitive after a federal grand jury indicted him in 2008.

Sandwich Monday: The Two Bagger

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try the Two Bagger from Lucky's Sandwich Co. in Chicago. Weirdly, it was delivered in just one bag.

2 Dead, 2 Wounded In Nevada School Shooting

The shooter, described as 13 or 14, reportedly opened fire early Monday at the middle school outside of Reno.

Obama: Health Care Site Is Troubled; Affordable Care Act Is Not

"There's no sugarcoating it: The website has been too slow" and confusing, President Obama said Monday. But he says the Affordable Care Act is working for Americans and that the problems will be fixed.