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'Fearless Felix' To Try To Break Sound Barrier

Felix Baumgartner plans to ride a balloon to an altitude of 34 miles over New Mexico and then he'll step out into the void. He'll be wearing a pressurized suit like an astronaut, and expects to break the sound barrier as he falls. He's being advised by a former NASA flight surgeon who lost his wife in a shuttle crash, and who wants to improve astronauts' odds of surviving a future disaster.
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Retailers Pay More For Fraud-Related Costs

The cost of retail fraud is going up. For every dollar of fraudulent merchandise that's bought, retailers have to pay nearly $3 in fraud related costs. There's another price too, one many retailers aren't even aware of.
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2013: 'The Year Of The Midsize Sedan Battle'

Fall is here and that's when automakers roll out their latest models — with new technologies, better fuel efficiency and other bells and whistles. Renee Montagne talks to automotive analyst Michelle Krebs, of Edmunds.com, about the new models.
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Conservatives Charge Media Polls Favor Obama

President Obama has held a lead in election polls. But some conservatives are accusing big media outlets of designing their polls to make Obama look good. And in some cases, by projecting a Democratic surge that would rival turnout in 2008.
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Romney Has Mile-High Expectations For Colo. Debate

President Obama and Mitt Romney are busy rehearsing for their first televised debate Wednesday night. In between practice sessions, Romney hosted a rally in Denver, where he scored the endorsement of ex-Bronco's quarterback John Elway.
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JPMorgan Sued Over Mortgage-Backed Securities

New York's Attorney General has filed fraud charges against JPMorgan Chase. The civil complaint alleges fraud in the sale of mortgage backed securities in the run up to the 2008 financial crisis. The securities at issue were put together by Bear Stearns, but that firm collapsed and was acquired by JPMorgan.
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Brain-Damaged Man Wins New Trial In Two-Decades-Old Killing

Connecticut's state Appellate Court ordered a new trial for Richard Lapointe, saying prosecutors wrongly withheld potentially important evidence. Lapointe, who has brain damage, confessed in 1989 that he stabbed, raped and killed his wife's 88-year-old grandmother two years earlier. His supporters believe he falsely confessed to murder.
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Colorado's Undecided Voters Are A Hot Election Commodity

Colorado's nine electoral votes are up for grabs and in a state that is one-third Republican, one-third Democrat and one-third unaffiliated. It's that unaffiliated vote that has the presidential candidates returning to the state again and again.
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In North Carolina, Latino Voters Could Be Crucial To Winning The State

Democrats and Republicans are targeting Latinos in the state through ads and outreach. Obama won the state in 2008 and has a shot this November. One key — Hispanic voters whose numbers have doubled.

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