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Tech May Get In The Way Of Good Culture Shock While Studying Abroad

A record number of Americans are studying abroad. Educators say that's good, as it promotes better cross-cultural understanding. But many in the field worry the influx of technology and social media may be hampering students' ability to fully immerse themselves abroad.
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FEC Invites Comment On Campaign Finance Laws At First Public Hearing

Many of the more than 32,000 Americans who filed comments told the agency to regulate undisclosed political money. Now citizens can speak at a hearing — alongside campaign lawyers and consultants.
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Family Confirms Death Of American Hostage Held By ISIS Militants

The family of Kayla Mueller released a statement on Tuesday confirming her death while being held hostage by ISIS militants. Mueller's death raises questions about whether U.S. policies made it more difficult to save her.
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Failing Bridges Taking A Toll; Some States Move To Raise Gas Tax

With gas prices down, a growing number of states are turning to a gas tax increase. New Jersey looks at following suit to fund much-needed projects, but some drivers aren't eager to pay up.
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New Government Agency Designed To Tackle Cyber Threats More Effectively

The Obama administration is creating a new agency to gather and distribute intelligence on cyber threats more quickly. The agency is modeled after the National Counter Terrorism Center, created after Sept. 11 to improve information sharing across the U.S. government.
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Advocates Join Fight To Eliminate Detroit's Rape Kit Backlog

Six years ago, 11,000 untested rape kits were found in Detroit. Now nearly all of the kits have been tested, but it will cost the city millions to investigate and prosecute every case.
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New England Growing Weary Of Winter After Another Snow Day

Parts of New England were digging out from another two feet of show on Tuesday. Boston's transit system has been hobbled, flights all over the region have been impacted and officials are scrambling to figure out where to put the astounding amount of snow. All this — with more expected later in the week — has hurt local businesses, shuttered schools and is making the charm of snowfall wane.
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New Illinois Governor Has Unions Bristling Less Than A Month Into The Job

Illinois' new Republican governor is taking a page in politics from other Midwestern states. Bruce Rauner is setting policies that have government labor unions bristling and he hasn't even been on the job for a month.
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Pregnant With Cancer: One Woman's Journey

Mary Harris found out she was pregnant the day before she had scheduled surgery for breast cancer. It turns out there is limited data on how chemotherapy during pregnancy affects a baby.
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If You Have Dementia, Can You Hasten Death As You Wished?

Margaret Bentley, a woman in British Columbia, didn't want food or liquids if she became mentally disabled. But a nursing home is refusing to stop feeding her, even though she has Alzheimer's.

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