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Accusations Fly After McConnell Strategy Tape Surfaces

On the tape, the senator and his aides purportedly discuss potential opponent Ashley Judd and what personal issues they might use against her. A McConnell aide says the campaign's offices may have been bugged and accuses the "far left" of "Nixonian tactics."
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Arsenic In Beer May Come From Widely Used Filtering Process

Arsenic in beer doesn't sound like a good idea, even if it's due to a centuries-old filtering process. A new study says filtering beer with diatomaceous earth could boost levels of arsenic. But it's not clear whether this poses a health risk.
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BP Begins Its Defense Of 2010 Gulf Oil Spill

In New Orleans, BP has begun calling its first witnesses in a trial to determine who and what's to blame for the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill. BP likely will spend the next two weeks presenting its defense. Then the plaintiffs will have time to respond.
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Louisville Triumphs Over Michigan 82-76

Louisville hasn't won the NCAA men's college basketball championship since 1986. They beat Michigan 82-76. Coach Rick Pitino added this title to the one he won at Kentucky in 1996. He's the first coach to win a championship at two schools.
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J.C. Penney CEO Johnson Is Forced Out

The retailer recruited Johnson from Apple to revitalize the company but since his arrival 18 months ago, business has only gotten worse. J.C. Penney has brought back Johnson's predecessor Myron Ullman to once again led the struggling retailer.
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'Way Of The Knife' Explains CIA Shift From Spying To Killing

After a Senate investigation in 1975, the CIA moved away from assassinations and returned to its original mandate, spying. But as New York Times reporter Mark Mazzetti explains in his new book, the Sept. 11 attacks led the CIA back to the business of manhunting.
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Starving Baby Sea Lions Flood Southern California Shores

More than 1,000 sick and dying sea lion pups have been found stranded since the beginning of the year, from Santa Barbara to San Diego. As scientists try to figure out why, one animal rescue worker says that in nearly three decades on the job, he's never seen anything like it.
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The 'Hard To Change' Legacy Of Medicare Payments

One possible proposal in President Obama's budget would change the way Medicare patients pay for their care. It's been floated as a possible bipartisan compromise, but it's an idea with a long, controversial and unsuccessful history.
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Pastor Joel Osteen Is The Target Of A Complex Online Hoax

April Fool's Day was one week ago — but an elaborate hoax targeting Pastor Joel Osteen gained wide attention Monday, after those behind the hoax used Twitter, YouTube, and other social media to spread spurious claims that the pastor had renounced his faith and would close his huge Texas church.
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Iowa Town Braces For New Reality In Factory Closure's Wake

Appliance manufacturer Electrolux closed its Webster City, Iowa, plant in 2011. Now, the retraining programs for former workers are wrapping up, and the town of 8,000 is bracing for the true impact of the closure. It's a familiar story for many former manufacturing towns across the Midwest.

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