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Yellen Lays Groundwork For Interest Rate Hike In 2015

In Washington on Tuesday, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen delivered an upbeat assessment of the U.S. economy to members of the Senate Banking Committee.
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Solar Energy Advocates Find Unexpected Ally In Tea Party

Florida is one of several states where the Tea Party has embraced a new cause: solar energy. Tea Party groups are teaming up with progressive organizations to open up the solar energy industry. It's an unusual coalition and puts them at odds in some states with another conservative grassroots organization, the Koch brothers-backed Americans for Prosperity.
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VA Secretary Apologies For Exaggerating Military Service

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald was heard, in an exchange with a homeless vet, saying that he had been in a special forces unit, which he now admits is untrue. McDonald did however serve in the military: he is a West Point grad and was in the 82nd Airborne division.
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College? Career Tech? In Nashville, Teens Do Both

Vocational education is enjoying a renaissance in many U.S. schools. In Nashville, Tenn., all high-schoolers are encouraged to take three career-training classes, regardless of college plans.
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Younger Women Hesitate To Say They're Having A Heart Attack

Even when women suspected they were having a heart attack, they didn't report it because they feared being called hypochondriacs, a study finds. That may contribute to women's higher death rates.
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Advocates Hope 'Vacatur' Laws Will Help Prostitutes Clear Their Records

For the first time in Maryland, a woman with a prostitution conviction has had her criminal record wiped clean by convincing a judge she is actually a victim, forced into the life by brutal pimps. Advocates hope it will be a model in other states.
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How Did A Celibate 82-Year-Old Buddhist Monk Contract HIV?

His doctor injected him with a used syringe. Millions of people have contracted HIV, hepatitis and other diseases that way. The solution: a syringe designed to prevent reuse.
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Will Vaping Reignite The Battle Over Smoking On Airplanes?

It's been 25 years since people could light up with impunity on domestic airline flights. But that doesn't mean they're not still trying. And e-cigarettes are reviving conflict over clean air aloft.
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Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the Senate will vote no later than March 3 to override the veto. But Republicans do not appear to have enough votes to override the veto.
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The Great U.S. History Battle

The College Board redesigned the framework for its Advanced Placement U.S. history course, and many conservative lawmakers aren't happy about it.

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