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Despite Recovery, Many Find Home Loans Still Hard To Get

The housing market and the economy are both well on their way back from the Great Recession. But housing advocates say banks, stung by the housing crisis and its fallout, remain reluctant to lend.
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For Congressional Committees, It's All In The Name

A Senate Judiciary subcommittee dropped "human rights" and "civil rights" from its name last month, sparking some controversy. But does the congressional name game even matter?
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Some Thoughtful Words — And Many Unanswered Questions — After Chapel Hill

Here are some of the many powerful essays we've come across in the aftermath of this tragedy.
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Swiss Village + West Virginia + Mardi Gras Feast = Fasnacht

Isolated in the West Virginia wilderness, the tiny town of Helvetia clings to its distinctly Swiss character and foodways. It all culminates with a pre-Lenten festival where food takes center stage.
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Reduced To Her Knees, Marathoner Finishes Race In A Crawl

Kenyan runner Hyvon Ngetich didn't win the Austin Marathon, despite leading for most of the race. Now she's being celebrated for the way she crossed the finish line.
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Many Parents Aren't Sold On Later School Start Times For Teens

Just half of parents say schools should start later so teenagers can get more sleep, a survey found. But most of the parents also weren't aware that pediatricians have called for a start of 8:30 a.m.
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Ashton Carter Is Sworn In As Obama's 4th Defense Secretary

The cold and snow that walloped Washington didn't stop Ashton Carter from reporting for work at the Pentagon Tuesday. Carter was sworn in as the 25th U.S. Secretary of Defense on Tuesday.
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An Ancestor Of YouTube, Selfies And Vines

During the Depression, Herbert Lee Waters filmed everyday life in the South and created "Movies of Local People." The results, now in the Duke University archives, are historically remarkable.
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Hoops By Day, Hops By Night: This Phys Ed Teacher's Got A Secret Brew

"Your friends are gonna tell you, 'Your beer is great.' It's another thing for people in the market to actually buy it and drink it," says gym teacher P.T. Lovern, founder of Line 51 Brewing.
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Figuring Out If A Doctor Is In Your Network Can Be Perplexing

Some physicians can be in-network when working at one office but not when they are at another. Or they may belong to a medical group that is affiliated with your plan, but they don't participate.

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