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What Makes Good Bacteria Go Bad? It's Not Them, It's You

The bacteria that cause many cases of ear infection in kids and pneumonia in the elderly are usually harmless until activated by distress signals from their human host. When the flu or another virus gives you a fever, for example, mild-mannered pneumococcus can turn nasty.
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Burglars Return Loot To Group That Helps Sex Assault Victims

The offices of the San Bernardino County Sexual Assault Services agency were broken into. Computers and other valuables were taken. But whoever was responsible apparently had a change of heart after learning what the agency does. The goods were returned along with a note.
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3 Winning Powerball Tickets Sold: 2 In N.J., 1 In Minnesota

The winners will share a $448.4 million jackpot — the third-largest in Powerball history. Now might be a good time to check in on any relatives you have in Minnesota and New Jersey.
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Republicans And Democrats Get Behind 'Voices For Yes'

Political strategists on both sides of the isle are working to get the progressive rock band Yes into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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Government Shutdown? Odds Are Uncomfortably High

For all the fiscal cliffhangers and debt-ceiling brinksmanship over the past couple of years, Congress has been able to find some kind of solution at the last minute. This time, many budget analysts worry, might be different.
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Kerry, Hagel To Meet Russian Counterparts On Friday

The U.S. has canceled plans for an Obama-Putin summit because Russia granted temporary asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden. But Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will go ahead with plans to meet their counterparts in Washington.
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Defense Lawyers Want Out Of Fort Hood Shooting Trial

On Wednesday, lawyers helping accused Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan asked to have their roles reduced. They told the judge they think Hasan is purposely trying to lose this trial.
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Sioux Falls' Rapid Business Growth Gains National Attention

Sioux Falls, S.D., gains thousands of new residents each year. Leaders point to business opportunities, diversity and quality of life as reasons for its growth. This kind of boom comes with conflict, and Sioux Falls faces challenges to continuing development.
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Obama Skirts Traditional Media To Get His Message Out

President Obama, like his predecessors George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, has chafed at the conventions of communicating through the mainstream media. So while he uses print and broadcast every day, he and staff have sought out a host of non-traditional media means for reaching new audiences in new ways.
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Tesla's Stock Boosts Projections For Carmakers Staying Power

High-end electric automaker Tesla has beat Wall Streets expectations and turned a profit for the second quarter. But will that be enough to help give the company power to sustain for the long term?

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