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A New Worry Looms Online For The Affordable Care Act

HealthCare.gov is supposed to be mostly fixed by Saturday, but errors in an obscure but crucial form could further disrupt the rollout.
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From Lab To Lectern, Scientists Learn To Turn On the Charm

Science isn't known as a career field that attracts showboats. But academics must give seminars, pharmaceutical researchers present results, and graduate students defend their work. In San Diego, one of the country's science hubs, a group aims to teach scientists the art of small talk and public speaking.
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These Cookbook Photos Redefine What Fresh Seafood Looks Like

Famed French chef Eric Ripert specializes in seafood. So for his book On the Line, photographers Shimon and Tammar Rothstein really wanted to highlight the freshness of his ingredients. Their solution? Make the fish look as if they were still alive.
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Week In Politics: HealthCare.gov And Troop Levels In Afghanistan

Ari Shapiro speaks with political commentators, EJ Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss the latest on the HealthCare.gov Website and the discord over reaching a troop agreement between the U.S. and Afghanistan.
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In A Small Town With Big Events, Some Are Tiring Of Tourism

More and more towns are hosting festivals to bring extra money into the area. But these attractions can be disruptive, and one town in Michigan isn't sure it wants any more. Traverse City is looking at new restrictions to cure "festival fatigue," to the dismay of the business community.
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New Pilot Program Gives Immigrant Detainees Public Defenders

Unlike defendants in criminal trials, defendants in U.S. immigration courts aren't constitutionally entitled to an attorney. But New York City is piloting the nation's first government-funded public defender service for immigrants facing deportation.
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'Retail Theater:' Inflated Retail Prices Meant To Look Like Steals

Ari Shapiro talks with Wall Street Journal reporter Suzanne Kapner about the fake discounts retailers build into their products during the holiday season.
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Black Friday's Mission Creep: When The Holiday Deals Are Elsewhere

Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is one the busiest, most hectic shopping day of the year. But how important is it for retailers and as an indicator of the strength of the holiday shopping season?
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Costumed As Homeless, Mormon Bishop Teaches A Lesson In Compassion

A Mormon Bishop in Taylorsville, Utah, went to great lengths last Sunday to teach his congregation a lesson. David Musselman disguised himself as a homeless person and walked around outside before the service. Then, in character, he walked up to the pulpit and asked to deliver remarks. He tells Ari Shapiro what happened next.
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From Shop Class To Shipyard: Oregon's Plan For Industrial Interns

Manufacturers in Oregon want to hire high school students. But they don't want the kinds of high school students that colleges are after — the kind who have amazing test scores and will spend hours perfecting essays. They want teenagers who want to paint, weld and work with their hands. The hope is that those teens will turn into enthusiastic workers in an industry where the current workforce is headed toward retirement.

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