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Why There's Too Few Cooks For New York City's Elite Kitchens

New York is famous for its food scene, but lately, the once-overflowing pool of potential chef applicants has begun to run dry. The reason? It's a pricey town to live in, and for chefs obsessed with local ingredients, smaller towns with vibrant food cultures and closer ties to surrounding farms are looking way more appealing.

Employers Face Changes After Same-Sex-Marriage Ruling

The Supreme Court's recent ruling striking down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act means married same-sex couples are now eligible for the same federal benefits as straight couples. Employers are beginning to think about the changes they will have to make.

Video: 3 Kidnapped Cleveland Women Say 'Thank You'

Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight appear separately in the 3-minute, 30-second video in which they thank the community and talk about moving forward with their lives.

With An Eye Toward 2016, Rick Perry Reboots

The Texas governor announced Monday that he would not seek a fourth term, but gave strong indications that he'd like another shot at the GOP presidential nomination.

Youths At Risk Of Violence Say They Need Guns For Protection

One-quarter of youths surveyed in a hospital emergency room after being injured in an assault possessed a firearm, a study finds. Many said they needed guns to feel safer or for revenge. Addressing those fears could reduce homicide rates among teens.

Asiana Crash: Plane Was 34 Knots Below Target Speed, NTSB Says

Investigators are interviewing the four pilots of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 today. At a briefing, the NTSB says that three seconds before Saturday's crash-landing, the aircraft's speed was 103 knots — the lowest measured by its data recorders, and far below the target speed of 137 knots.

Arrest Caught On Google Glass Reignites Privacy Debate

The wearable technology, which is being tested by a select group of users, was used to record an arrest on the Jersey Shore. The incident raises questions about citizen journalism and the limits of privacy in public.

Republicans Slow To 'Reset' Despite Election Autopsy Report

A few months ago, the Republican National Committee released several recommendations for broadening the party's voter appeal. The report told the GOP to reach out to women, younger voters and Hispanics. But so far, that has not been the direction party leaders have taken in Congress or in the media.

Why Catastrophic Airline Crashes Have Become More Survivable

Boeing's 777 has one of the industry's best safety records. One of those planes crash-landed in San Francisco on Saturday, killing two people and injuring scores more. In addition to the plane's solid reputation, many other factors helped save lives — from fire and rescue training to aircraft design.

Volunteers Sought For 1813 Flag Project

The Maryland Historical Society is recreating the flag that flew over Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore 200 years ago. Mary Pickersgill and four others sewed the original Star Spangled Banner. Volunteers will re-create it using the same type of fabric, stitching and time frame — they have six weeks to complete the flag.