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Wonkfest Or Slugfest? Anticipation Mounts Ahead Of Biden Vs. Ryan

Vice presidential debates are often quickly forgotten, but tonight's matchup — featuring what one pundit calls "probably two of the most substantive vice presidential candidates we've ever had" — will likely be widely watched. Both men are steeped in policy but offer big contrasts in styles.

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Beep If You Understand Veep Buzzwords

The vice presidential debate is bound to feature lots of budget buzzwords. They may be shorthand for policies that could have huge impacts on taxpayers and the annual $1 trillion budget deficit.
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Why Foods Go Together Like 'Rama Lama Lama, Ke Ding A De Dinga Dong'

Red meat and red wine are the yin and yang of the food world. They're opposites, scientifically speaking. That's why they and other common combos make such a great pair.
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Biden, Ryan Under Pressure In Lone V.P. Debate

Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan will hold their only debate Thursday night in Danville, Kentucky. Biden will be under pressure to shift the momentum back to the Democratic ticket. Ryan will be trying to keep it going in Mitt Romney's direction.
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Advice For Moderators: Keep Order, Out Of Spotlight

Jim Lehrer was slammed for losing control of last week's presidential debate, and Martha Raddatz is confronting criticism in the lead up to Thursday's VP battle. But how much control can a moderator exert over ambitious and strong-willed candidates, especially when the stakes are so high?
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Software Calculates City-Specific Carbon Footprint

Reducing carbon dioxide emissions is tough if you don't know exactly where those gases are coming from. Scientists at Arizona State University have invented a new way to pinpoint those sources — down to individual buildings and highways.
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Wal-Mart Positions Itself Ahead Of Holiday Shopping

Wal-Mart is thriving despite the shaky economy, protests from union supporters and allegations of bribery at its Mexican unit. The company's stock price hit an all-time high Wednesday, and holiday layaway sales are off to a sizzling start. It's also introducing a low-cost, pre-paid debit card.
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Mich. Voters To Decide Renewable Energy Mandate

In Michigan, voters will decide whether to force the state's utilities get at least 25 percent of their annual retail sales from renewable sources by 2025. There have been many competing claims about costs, jobs and spinoff issues.

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