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With Nostalgia And A Last Nosh, 1 Of 3 Remaining HoJo's Closes

The iconic orange roofs of Howard Johnson's restaurants were once fixtures of the American highway. But the chain faded in the '80s. The 60-year-old location in Lake Placid, N.Y., closed Tuesday.
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Justice Department Won't Charge IRS' Lois Lerner With Criminal Contempt

At issue is whether the former IRS official waived her Fifth Amendment rights when she made an opening statement proclaiming her innocence over the agency's targeting of conservative groups.
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Navajos Fight Their Food Desert With Junk Food And Soda Taxes

Many have dreamed of taxing Cheetos and soda. The Navajo Nation is now doing both. The first-in-the U.S. tax measure aims to raise revenue for health programs and make wholesome food more affordable.
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California Governor Issues 1st-Ever Statewide Mandatory Water Restrictions

Cities in drought-stricken California will have to reduce their water usage by 25 percent. In a news conference, Gov. Jerry Brown said the "historic drought demands unprecedented action."
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Diagnosing A Sinus Infection Can Be A DIY Project

The nation's ear, nose and throat doctors want people to diagnose sinus infections themselves in an effort to reduce overuse of antibiotics. They're telling you how.
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Trevor Noah Is A Quarter Jewish. Does That Make His Anti-Semitic Jokes OK?

Trevor Noah, a 31-year-old South African with a global following, appeared on The Daily Show three times before he got the nod as Jon Stewart's replacement. Now he's in hot water over some old tweets.
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Madison, Wis., Council Votes To Ban Discrimination Against Atheism

In what's believed to be a first in the United States, the city's common council has amended the city's equal opportunities ordinance "to add nonreligion as a protected class."
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11 Former Atlanta Public School Employees Found Guilty In Cheating Scandal

All but one of the 12 educators charged with racketeering were found guilty by a Georgia jury. The scandal involved dozens of schools and dozens of teachers who had previously taken plea deals.
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U.S. Creates First Sanctions Program Against Cybercriminals

President Obama signed a new executive order that will allow the administration to freeze the assets of any individual or group involved in "malicious" cyberattacks.
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Pew: 'Smartphone-Dependents' Often Have No Backup Plan For Web Access

People who rely most on their smartphones to get online often deal more frequently with service interruptions because of financial hardship and data limits.

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