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Looking To Escape The Deep Freeze? Head To Alaska

Another wave of brutally cold air is sweeping down from the Arctic across much of the nation. Meanwhile, in many places in Alaska the temperature has been popping up above freezing. That pattern's likely to continue into February.
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Bribery Trial To Begin For Ex-New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin

A high-stakes public corruption trial starts in New Orleans on Monday. Former Mayor Ray Nagin faces federal criminal charges in what prosecutors describe as a series of schemes to profit from his position. He's accused of taking more than $200,000 worth of bribes from businessmen who won lucrative city contracts when he was in office.
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Crowd-Funding Website Helps Olympians Achieve Their Dream

Many athletes go into debt funding their Olympic dreams, and the vast majority will never earn enough from sponsorships or endorsement deals to cover their expenses. Bill Kerig started a crowd-funding site — RallyMe — to help those athletes. He tells Renee Montagne about the problem and the personal stories of some Sochi hopefuls.
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Federal Reserve Officials To Evaluate Stimulus Easing

Federal Reserve officials are meeting this week to decide whether to continue easing up on economic stimulus measures. The pullback by the Fed so far is being felt around the world, especially in some emerging markets.
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Former Wonkblog Team To Create New Site For Vox Media

Ezra Klein and the team behind the Wonkblog at The Washington Post have found a new home. They are joining Vox Media, a digital outfit with sites serving sports fans, foodies and gamers — but little in the way of news about politics. The creation of the new site, tentatively called Project X, demonstrates the pull of digital media for entrepreneurial journalists.
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IRS Wants To Tighten Its Rule On Social Welfare Groups

The IRS is asking Americans to comment on how it should regulate social welfare groups. Under the tax code, they are known as 501(c)(4) groups. They are the new players in politics — heavily financed but done so anonymously.
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New York Businesses Try To Capitalize On Super Bowl

A restaurant is offering special dishes: a Peyton Manning Po'boy, Richard Sherman's Big Mouth Burger and an Orange Crush cocktail.
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As PC Sales Drop, Intel Delays A Plant Opening And Cuts Jobs

Intel planned to open a massive chip plant in Arizona, and President Obama even visited it and called it "an example of an America that's within our reach." But demand for PCs has slowed, and the company is rethinking its next moves.
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Bernanke's Fed Legacy: A Tenure Full Of Tough Decisions

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will preside over his last Fed policy-making meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday. During his two terms as chairman, he faced a global financial crisis that threatened to become financial Armageddon, followed by a deep recession.
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Legacy Of Forced March Still Haunts Navajo Nation

In a series of marches that began in 1864, the U.S. Army forced thousands of Navajo and Mescalero Apache people to walk 400 miles to an isolated reservation; more than a third died. Some say today's ills in Indian Country — severe poverty, suicide, addiction — have their roots in the "Long Walk."

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