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Outside Money Plays Big Role In Va. Race For Governor

Far-flung billionaires played a big role in the Virginia gubernatorial race. San Francisco environmentalist Tom Steyer and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg spent more than $2 million each to help elect Democrat Terry McAuliffe as governor.
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Unemployment Rate Rises To 7.3 Percent

Employers added 204,000 jobs to payrolls in October. The jobless rate edged up a bit, but that was likely a temporary phenomenon caused by the partial shutdown of the federal government. For more, Renee Montagne talks with NPR's John Ydstie.
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Moderate GOP Group Targets Tea Party Candidates For Defeat

In the wake of the partial government shutdown, many establishment Republicans argued that the hardliners in the GOP, backed by the Tea Party, needed to be reigned in. Former Republican Rep. Steve LaTourette of Ohio tells David Greene about his efforts to put millions of dollars toward that goal in the 2014 mid-term elections.
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Persistence Pays Off For Uninsured Alaskan

A hairdresser in Alaska is one of the first people to get health insurance through HealthCare.gov. The 37-year-old woman has a chronic thyroid problem, so she's thrilled to find affordable coverage. Insurers are bracing for sick people like her to be among the first entering the market.
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Size Does Matter, At Least In The Tallest Building Debate

Is One World Trade Center now the tallest building in North America, or does that distinction belong to the Willis Tower in Chicago? The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, a non-profit organization that's based in Chicago, will make the final decision on Friday. One thing everyone can be sure of: There's only one.
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A Live Chat About God And Beer

The Salt will host a live chat with two people who are trying to build community around God and craft beer. Join our one-hour chat, which begins at 1 p.m. EST on Friday, Nov. 8.
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Obama Apologizes To Those Who Lost Health Plans

Facing criticisms that his new health care law is causing thousands of people to lose their insurance policies, President Obama issues an apology.
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School Named For Former KKK Leader Reconsiders Its Legacy

Nathan Bedford Forrest High School in Jacksonville, Fla., was named decades ago for a Confederate hero — who was also the first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. More than 160,000 people have signed a petition urging a name change, but the current name has also drawn passionate support.
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How Kennedy's Assassination Changed The Secret Service

The Secret Service made some immediate changes after the president's death 50 years ago this month: Open limousines were out. And it began taking a more aggressive approach to its advance work. Over the years, the service has established counter-sniper units, assault teams and surveillance units.
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Trim Recess? Some Schools Hold On To Child's Play

Schools nationwide are under growing pressure to add instructional time, and recess is often one of the first things to get squeezed — particularly in low-income districts. But some schools are pushing back, embracing play time and physical activity as central to learning.

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