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A Home-Cooked Dinner That's More Than A Meal

Yelitza Castro cooks for homeless men and women every other Saturday night. But "you don't make us feel homeless," says Willie Davis, who has partaken in many of the meals. Before he met Yelitza, he says, he had almost given up, but now he has his own place.
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U.N. Ambassador Laments Misery In Central African Republic

Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, was sent to try to stem the growing violence that has gripped the country since Muslim rebels toppled the government in March. Christians and Muslims, who once peacefully co-existed there, are now living in a nation on the brink of genocide.
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Will 2nd-Term Obama Show More Mercy Through Pardons?

President Obama came to office bemoaning the disparity in sentences for crack versus powder cocaine offenses, and with a background as a community organizer and constitutional law teacher that had some progressives anticipating a robust use of the Constitution's "reprieves and pardons" power. That hasn't been the case.
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Pa. Man Wins $1 Million Picasso With $140 Raffle Ticket

Jeffrey Gonano, 25, had the winning stub in a Sotheby's drawing for the Spanish master's 1914 cubist painting, "Man in the Opera Hat."
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New York City Extends Smoking Ban To E-Cigarettes

The ban on the high-tech "vapor" cigarettes comes just weeks after New York became the first major U.S. city to raise the age for tobacco purchases to 21.
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Senators Cross Aisle To Call For New Sanctions On Iran

A bipartisan measure introduced by 13 Republicans and 13 Democrats defies the president by calling for new sanctions if Iran breaks a deal on its nuclear program.
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Outdated Magnetic Strips: How U.S. Credit Card Security Lags

Thieves responsible for Target's massive data breach may have stolen information stored on magnetic strips on credit cards. Canada, the U.K. and other countries have been using more secure cards with microchips for years.
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A City Turns To Lettuce Fields To Grow High-Tech Startups

Salinas, Calif., is just an hour from Silicon Valley, but production at many local lettuce farms is decidedly low-tech. City officials here decided it's time for an upgrade — and have hired a venture capital firm to help Salinas transition into a high-tech agricultural hub.
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Once A Mighty Bomber, A B-52 Meets Its End In The Desert

The Air Force on Thursday destroyed the last B-52 bomber required under the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia. A crew used a circular saw to cut through the plane's aluminum skin, the tail section separating from the fuselage with a loud thunk and officially rendering the bomber useless.
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Poll: Americans Favor Age Restrictions On Morning-After Pill

The legal wrangling over who should be allowed to buy the Plan B One-Step morning-after pill without a prescription came to an end this year. A federal judge ruled that the emergency contraceptive couldn't be withheld from girls 16 and younger. Despite the legal ruling, many Americans support age minimums and parental consent.

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