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Broadband A 'Necessity,' Obama Says, As He Pushes FCC To Expand Access

The president is asking the agency to address state laws that could inhibit competition for high-speed Internet service. The move could draw opposition from major cable and Internet companies.
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Early Test Of An Obamacare Experiment Posts Little Progress

Community groups getting federal funds to reduce hospital readmissions made improvements, an early evaluation finds. The experiment will run for five years.
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Working Longer Hours Can Mean Drinking More

Working more than 48 hours a week makes risky drinking more likely, a study of people in 14 countries finds. And that held true for rich and poor, men and women.
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What If Mitt And Jeb Really Do Go At It, Hammer And Tongs?

If Romney is serious, and follows through, it will fundamentally change the nature of the GOP primaries next year. And if both he and Jeb Bush run, they become each other's first hurdle.
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Harris Opens Bid For Boxer's Senate Seat, But Others May Follow

Sen. Barbara Boxer of California announced that she won't seek re-election. State Attorney General Kamala Harris has said she'll run for the seat, but a number of Democrats are considering a run, too.
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Far From North Africa, Berbers In The U.S. Ring In A New Year

For the indigenous people of Northern Africa, Jan. 14 is a day to celebrate their culture and religion. It reminds Berbers living in the U.S. of the struggle to preserve their identity far from home.
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Seattle Public Transportation Has Gone to The Dogs — Well, One Dog

For once, a positive commuting story: When one Seattle-area dog wants to get on the bus, often she doesn't wait for her owner. She'll just hop on without him and meet up several stops later.
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Why Our Feelings Toward Some African-Americans Change On MLK Day

Martin Luther King Day honors a great African-American leader — so you might think it's a day many Americans would also honor prominent African-Americans in our lives today. But you'd be wrong.
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Russian Media Condemn Paris Attacks — But Question Who Was Behind Them

A tabloid and a TV channel have given play to theories asking if Americans plotted the attacks. Also, some religious figures have said Charlie Hebdo staff brought the violence on themselves.
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Homeland Security Budget Caught Up In Immigration Politics

The House is set to pass a $40 billion spending bill that pays for the Department of Homeland Security to the end of the budget year — but also invalidates President Obama's executive actions on deportations.

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