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What Is This Bombogenesis And Why Is It Dumping Snow On Us?

The type of storm that's blowing up the East Coast of the U.S. on Tuesday has an explosive-sounding name. Add bombogenesis to the growing list of weather terms we're learning about this winter — a list that also includes polar vortex.
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Framework Of Syria Peace Talks Divides Interested Parties

A long delayed Syrian peace conference is to begin in Switzerland on Wednesday. In 2012, Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart issued a joint call for talks between the Syrian government and the opposition to reach agreement on a transitional government with "full executive authority." For the U.S., that means Syria's president would be out of power. But the Russians don't see it that way, arguing only the Syrian people can decide on their leader.
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Soba: More Than Just Noodles, It's A Cultural Heritage ... And An Art Form

The United Nations has named traditional Japanese cuisine — known as washoku — an intangible cultural heritage. One of the oldest foods of washoku is the soba noodle. But what most Americans call soba is a pale comparison to the actual cuisine. One woman in Southern California is trying to keep the true traditional noodle alive in America.
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TV Station Probes Fla. City For Alleged Snow Plow Purchases

A local ABC affiliate jumped on a tip that officials in Largo had spent more than $20,000 for 2 snow plows. The last measurable snow in Largo was in 1977. The public works director told WFTS-TV the plows are for clearing debris after huge storms like hurricanes or tornadoes.
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More Cities Bring Buried Streams Back To Life

New urban waterways are making a come back. Cincinnati is following the lead of Seattle, Kalamazoo, Mich., and other cities by bringing back a buried stream that has been underground for a century. Uncovering these streams have environmental and economic benefits.
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Business Major Hopes Ads Will Pay Off His Student Loans

Alex Benda graduates this spring from the University of Michigan at Flint. He is selling advertising space on his graduation cap. He wants $300 for an ad that's 1 square inch in size. If he could sell 100 ads, he'd pay off his student loans.
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Diabetes, Cost Of Care Top Health Concerns For U.S. Latinos

A poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health finds that nearly 1 in 5 Latinos say diabetes is the major health concern for themselves and their family. In East Los Angeles, where obesity and diabetes are common, community activists are committed to turning the problem around.
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Poll Focuses On Views From A Wide Array Of Latino Americans

It's a cliché and an understatement to say Latino-Americans aren't a monolithic group. But our survey of nearly 1,500 Latinos underscores the variety of different experiences collapsed into the term "Latino."
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A Union For Home Health Aides Brings New Questions To Supreme Court

An Illinois case examines whether states may recognize a union for workers who care for disabled adults in their homes instead of state institutions, and whether non-union members must pay for a contract they benefit from.
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After Tragedy At 2010 Games, Sochi Slows Down The Sled Track

The Winter Olympics bobsled, luge and skeleton track was designed with safety in mind, not just speed. It was constructed after an athlete died in a violent crash, and others complained of out-of-control speed, at the Olympics four years ago.

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