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Talk Of Zombies Aside, Gun Bills Face Political Reality

Legislation passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee inspired a few extreme examples for and against it. But the battle might just get tougher on the Senate floor, particularly for the proposed assault weapons ban.
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Wine Revolution: As Drinkers And Growers, U.S. Declares Independence

Americans aren't just the world's top wine market. Increasingly, they're also producers. The number of U.S. wineries has climbed from 400 to 7,000 since the 1970s. And some of those local wines are "stunning," says wine expert Jancis Robinson.
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Ted Cruz: From Texas Underdog To Republican Up-And-Comer

In his short time in the Senate, Tea Party Republican Ted Cruz has already made a mark — and in doing so, he's simply ignored a tradition of new senators being seen, not heard. Cruz's sharp elbows have some colleagues wincing and others hoping he'll run for president.
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Romney, Yesterday's Man At CPAC, Gets A Winner's Reception

In his first major speech since he lost the presidential election, Mitt Romney got the kind of heady reaction he drew from the party faithful in those days after he roundly beat President Obama in the first debate.
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JPMorgan Chase Exec Says She Was Misled About Risks With 'London Whale' Trades

Last year, JPMorgan Chase acknowledged that it lost $6.2 billion in a hedging strategy gone awry. On Friday, current and former bank executives tried to explain how that loss occurred.
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Cultivating Sources Can Be A Minefield For Women Reporters

Audie Cornish talks to reporters Marin Cogan and Karin Tanabe about the pop-culture stereotype of the female political reporter who trades sex for access. The Netflix show House of Cards inspired Cogan to write an article in The New Republic, condemning the trope. She says female reporters are actually much more likely to be sexually harassed by the men they cover than to try to seduce them. Her former colleague Tanabe agrees — but her new novel nonetheless has an affair between a reporter and a senator as a central storyline.
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Romney's CPAC Address A Reminder Of His Concession Speech

Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney addressed the crowd on Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference. He appeared to be a different man than the one who campaigned in 2012.
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U.S. To Boost Missile Defense Amid Threats From North Korea

The Pentagon announced plans on Friday to beef up missile defense along the West Coast, in part to defend against the threat from North Korea. The Pentagon plans on adding 14 interceptor missiles to a base in Alaska, supplementing the 30 that are already there.
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Hedge Fund To Pay More Than $600 Million In Insider Trading Settlement

The Securities and Exchange Commission said it has obtained the largest settlement ever in an insider trading case. Two affiliates of the hedge fund SAC Capital Advisors have agreed to pay $614 million to settle charges of participating in insider trading schemes. The SEC alleged that a portfolio manager at one of the firms obtained confidential details about an Alzheimer's drug trial from a doctor who was presenting final results to the public.
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Reuters' Web Producer Indicted For Conspiring With Anonymous Hacking Group

A deputy editor for social media at Reuters has been indicted by the Justice Department for helping the hacker group Anonymous gain illegal access to the Tribune Company's servers. During the period in question, Matthew Keys had just been fired from a Tribune-owned TV station.

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