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World Cup 2014 Draw Is Set: U.S. Will Face Germany, Portugal, Ghana

Currently the world's No. 14 team, the U.S. must finish in the top two among Germany (No. 2), Portugal (No. 5) and Ghana to advance. Another group will pit England against Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica. The tournament begins in Brazil in June.
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Hoped-For AIDS Cures Fail In 2 Boston Patients

The only person known to have been cured of AIDS got a bone marrow transplant, so when two AIDS patients in Boston appeared to be free of the virus after transplants, scientists hoped they were cured, too. But the HIV virus has returned in both.
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What Madiba Meant To The Barbershop Guys

The Barbershop guys share their take on Nelson Mandela: what his life meant to them and how he will be remembered by the world. Writer Jimi Izrael, professor Sean Jacobs, and journalists Corey Dade and Michael Skolnik weigh in.
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Canceled In California: People Eye Health Plans Off Exchange

Some Californians are choosing plans that don't comply with the Affordable Care Act to save money. They have only a few weeks left to pick coverage that will last a year. It will eventually be replaced by health insurance that includes a full range of essential benefits, but at a higher cost.
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How Two Similar States Ended Up Worlds Apart In Politics

Politics in Minnesota and Wisconsin historically have been pretty similar, but that's no longer the case. Wisconsin is now advancing conservative policies and lending a Midwestern face to the Republican Party, while Minnesota's agenda has been among the most liberal.
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Meat And Booze With A Side Of Still Life: American Painters On Food

Food as a symbol of politics, diet, gender roles, technology, isolation, gluttony and blatant commercialism has been with us for ages and in many forms. A massive exhibit explores how American artists, from Pilgrim times to Andy Warhol, used paintings of food to shape and reflect our national identity.
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Eyes Turn To The Fed As Unemployment Rate Falls To 5-Year Low

The unemployment rate fell to 7 percent and employers added 203,000 jobs to payrolls in November, according to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The largely positive data could build anticipation that the Federal Reserve might move to taper its stimulus program.
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Several States Brace For Massive Ice Storm This Weekend

"A major icing event is forecast through Friday across portions of the southern Great Plains toward the Lower Ohio Valley," the National Weather Service says. Some are saying an ice storm Friday and Saturday will be the nation's worst since 2009.
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L.A. Costco Misfiles Ron Burgundy Autobiography

Will Ferrell's Anchorman character is out with an autobiography which wound up in the non-fiction aisle at a Los Angeles area store.The Los Angeles Times first noticed the misplacement Ron Burgundy: Let Me Off At The Top.
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Calif. Health Exchange Encourages 'Gift Of Health'

Supporters of the Affordable Care Act encouraged people to promote health insurance at Thanksgiving family gatherings. The effort moves to a new holiday. California's insurance exchange is encouraging holiday shoppers to give "the gift of health" to young people.

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