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GM Says Its First Female CEO Will Take Over Next Month

Mary Barra will become the new leader of General Motors in January, the company announced Tuesday. The company veteran's tenure as CEO will begin after current leader Dan Akerson retires on Jan. 15.
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To Get Kids Exercising, Schools Are Becoming Creative

An NPR poll finds that most elementary school kids have physical education classes just one or two days a week. In response, parents and educators are getting kids to squeeze in walks, jogs and jumping jacks before, after and even during school.
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High Stakes For Banks As Volcker Rule Is Finalized

Federal regulators on Tuesday unveil and vote on a final version of the so-called Volcker Rule. It's part of the Dodd-Frank regulatory overhaul and prohibits banks from trading stocks, bonds and derivatives for their own accounts. Defining what the rule covers has taken years of work.
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Surveillance Revelations Give Creative Writers Pause

A recent survey by the PEN American Center, a nonprofit writers group, suggests that recent revelations about government surveillance are affecting creative expression. David Greene talks about the survey with David Simon, the writer and producer who created the HBO series The Wire, among other hits, and Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran.
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For Veterans, 'Bad Paper' Is A Catch-22 For Treatment

Reed Holway served in Iraq, where he developed PTSD. His symptoms worsened back in the U.S. He got in trouble and ultimately received a bad-conduct discharge. Now Holway is stuck: He can't get medical care from the VA for the disorder that he says caused him to get kicked out of the Army in the first place.
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Leaked Documents Show Government Spying On Fantasy Games

A new leak from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden reveals that intelligence agencies spied on popular online fantasy games, like Second Life and World of Warcraft.
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Art Or Junk? Detroit's 'Heidelberg Project' Endures

An outdoor art installation in Detroit made from blighted homes and objects is stirring up controversy again. A rash of arsons in the past seven months have destroyed four of the Heidelberg Project's signature homes. But after nearly 30 decades of working on this project and facing resistance, artist Tyree Guyton is determined to make more art.
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LA Sheriff's Deputies Face Charges Of Inmate Abuse

Eighteen current and former Los Angeles sheriff's deputies are facing federal charges, accused of civil rights violations and obstruction of justice. The indictments are part of an ongoing FBI probe into allegations of widespread abuse against inmates at county jails.
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Congress Renews Ban On X-Ray-Evading Plastic Guns

But Republicans blocked a measure that would have strengthened the restrictions on the firearms that can skirt airport detectors.
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Ethics Panel Hands Down Holiday Gift Rules — In Rhyme

With stern and often complex limits on accepting gifts, the House Ethics Committee sends out a guidance memo each holiday season. This year's version has seven pages of Capitol Hill holiday gift rules — and one page of advice in the form of a poem.

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