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Air Force's Beloved 'Warthog' Targeted For Retirement

The Air Force says retiring the Cold War-era A-10 could help it balance its budget and focus on developing more versatile aircraft. But the military encounters resistance whenever it tries to mothball any weapon, and the case of the plane known as the Warthog is no exception.
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Tired Of Doom And Gloom? Here's The Best Good News Of 2013

It's easy to get discouraged by a constant stream of bad news about unemployment, crime, war and political dysfunction. You might think we humans can't do anything right. But good news: We can. Here are a few areas of real progress in the U.S. and around the world.
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150 Marines To Be Sent For Possible Mission In South Sudan

The Pentagon says it's sending the Marines for a possible mission to evacuate Americans inside South Sudan, where political and ethnic violence has claimed hundreds of lives and left hundreds of thousands homeless.
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Alabama Blue Cross Shares Obamacare Tax Woes With Customers

Taxes have been part of health plan costs for decades, but they're not usually itemized on customers' bills. But a leading insurer in Alabama has calculated its customers' shares of taxes being paid by the company under the Affordable Care Act.
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Mikhail Kalashnikov, Inventor Of The AK-47, Dead At 94

The inventor of the iconic AK-47 automatic rifle, Mikhail Kalashnikov, has died. Kalashnikov's simple, durable and easily maintained gun became the world's most popular rifle, with more than 100 million in circulation. Kalashnikov was modest about his invention, saying he created it solely for the defense of the motherland. Some analysts say his domination of Soviet and Russia weapons design actually kept the country from entering the modern age of small arms.
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An Unusual Call To Quash Ga. Judicial Nominees

In an unusual move, a group of politicians and community leaders in Atlanta is urging President Obama to withdraw some candidates nominated to sit on the bench in the Northern District of Georgia. The group says the candidates aren't diverse and some are racially insensitive.
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Judge Denies Stay Of Utah Same-Sex Marriages, Unions Continue

Gay marriages will continue in Utah, for the time being. A federal judge denied a request on Monday to stay his decision that said the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. The state says it will appeal the ruling to a higher court. Gay couples have been flooding county clerks' offices since the original ruling came down Friday afternoon.
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The President And A Majority of Americans Want A Minimum Wage Hike

Seven dollars and twenty five cents: That's the federal minimum wage and today's installment in our number of the year series. The hourly minimum wage hasn't budged in more than four years. President Obama is making a push to change that.
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How To Protect Yourself And Your Data After Target Hacker Breach

It was reported that some 40 million people may have been victims of a hacking spree at Target recently. What should people who may have been in that group do now to protect themselves and their accounts? Robert Siegel speaks with Mark Rasch, a security expert and former Department of Justice cyber crime prosecutor, for more advice for those who may have been affected.
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The Extraordinary Story Of Why A 'Cakewalk' Wasn't Always Easy

We call something that is easily done a "cakewalk." But why? The surprising answer dates back to a dance popular among slaves and plantation owners in the pre-Civil War South.

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