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Free-Climbers Reach Summit Of Yosemite's El Capitan

After 19 days of climbing up a 3,000-foot rock face, gripping at granite sometimes no thicker than a dime, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson reached the top of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.
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Romney Comments Add To Speculation On GOP Presidential Race

The latest person to seriously consider throwing his hat in the ring is Mitt Romney, who had said he would not run again. What does his apparent change of heart mean for the GOP nominating battle?
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Federal Watchdog To Let Teamsters Union Off Its Leash

For decades, the union has had federal oversight because of charges of corruption and racketeering and ties to organized crime. In a court agreement, the stage was set to lift that oversight.
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House Rule On Social Security Funding Causes Controversy

Rules passed by the GOP House majority prevent money from being transferred from the retirement fund to the disability fund. Critics say it's an attempt to make cuts to both Social Security programs.
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Texas Prison Bus Crashes Into A Train, 10 Dead

Ten people died when a prison bus collided with a train near Odessa, Texas, on Wednesday. Officials say five people have severe injuries. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.
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In Remote Washington, Veterans Services Are Ferry Ride Away

Sometimes veterans don't claim their benefits because they live in remote areas that lack resources. In one Washington state county, Veterans Affairs services are at least an hour ferry ride away.
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Businesses Try To Stave Off Brain Drain As Boomers Retire

Employers are trying to hang onto older talent by offering flexible work hours, more attractive health care benefits or having retirees return to mentor younger workers.
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A New Study Reveals Much About How Parents Really Choose Schools

Will choice and competition really improve academic quality? A new study out of New Orleans complicates the picture.
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After Foie Gras Ban Lifted In California, Some Chefs Face Threats

A ban on foie gras that went into effect in 2012 was overturned last week. Now some chefs offering the dish have received enough threats to get law enforcement involved.
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New Solitary Confinement Plan At Rikers: Humane Or Putting Officers At Risk?

After years of pressure, New York is changing its policy on solitary confinement. Activists say it's a historic step forward. Officers say it will bring more bloodshed.

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