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Historian Propels Connecticut To Claim 'First In Flight'

Gustave Whitehead, a German immigrant who lived in Bridgeport, Conn., was the first to fly a plane, according to one expert who examined a photo recently unearthed in a Bavarian museum. This claim has reignited a debate among researchers, and a fight with the Smithsonian.
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Bloomberg Wants Retailers To Keep Tobacco Products Out Of Sight

The proposal unveiled Monday comes a week after a judge blocked the New York mayor's effort to limit large sugary drinks. Its aim, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said, is to curb the rate of youth smoking.
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Maker Of 3-D Printer Guns Now Has Federal Firearms License

A group advocating open-sourced 3-D printing of guns says its founder is now a federally licensed gun manufacturer and dealer. Back in February, the organization released a video displaying the success of a new magazine that holds 30 bullets for an AR-15 rifle.
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Among Thousands Of Gun Deaths, Only One Charles Foster Jr.

Charles Foster Jr., 24, died on New Year's Day in Columbus, Ga., just one of tens of thousands of Americans who will be killed by a firearm this year. While mass shootings like the one in Newtown, Conn., attract a frenzy of media coverage, most gun homicides, like Foster's, garner little news attention.
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Can 'Smart Gun' Technology Help Prevent Violence?

What if a gun could only be fired by its rightful owner? What if it recognized a grip or fingerprint, or communicated with a special ring? It's been a fantasy for years, and in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, so-called smart gun technology is back in the spotlight.
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Obama's Labor Secretary Pick Could Hit Snags Over Immigration Work

President Obama has nominated Thomas Perez to lead the Labor Department. Perez currently heads the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department, which was recently the subject of a harsh internal review.
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After Investigation, No Evidence 'Wall Street Journal' Bribed Chinese Officials

The Wall Street Journal's China bureau was the subject of a Department of Justice inquiry into allegations that the bureau had been bribing Chinese officials in exchange for information. Investigation by the parent company turned up no evidence to uphold the claim.
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Local Food May Feel Good, But It Doesn't Pay

The market for locally-grown food has seen dramatic growth over the last decade. Despite this boost in sales and popularity, evidence suggests that the economics behind the movement still don't favor the farmer. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has new programs to try to prop up small-scale operations, but many local farms only survive because they scrape by on below-market wages, or by doing without things like insurance. Many economists say despite the charm of local food, there are relatively few benefits in terms of energy efficiency, quality or cost. They say that we shouldn't knock our system of region specialization and distribution, and that farmers markets, fun though they are, are not good economic models.

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