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States Aim To Cure Hyperpartisanship With Primary Changes

Several states are moving or looking to move to a new primary election system that could force members of Congress to pay attention to general election voters more than their base voters on the right or left.
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Obama Shifts To Foreign Policy Goals During 2nd Term

The White House has been fighting to prevent the disastrous rollout of the health care law from defining President Obama's second term. This week, diplomats from the U.S. and other countries are going to meet for a second round of negotiations on Iran's nuclear program, and a breakthrough there could shape history's view of this president.
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Gut Bacteria Might Guide The Workings Of Our Minds

Anxious mice calm down when they get an infusion of gut microbes from mellow mice. That has scientists wondering if gut microbes play a role in the human brain, too. Research on that is only just beginning. But it's intriguing to think there could be a real truth to the phrase "gut feelings".
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2 Killed, 20 Injured In Colorado Mining Accident

A coroner's preliminary report says the men died of carbon monoxide poisoning. Investigators with the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration are still determining what happened inside the Revenue Virginius mine.
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How Writer Doris Lessing Didn't Want To Be Remembered

Author Doris Lessing died Sunday at the age of 94. Lessing won the 2007 Nobel Prize for literature for a life's work which included around 40 books and collections of essays and memoirs. Her book, The Golden Notebook, has been called the first feminist novel — a characterization Lessing rejected as "stupid."
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Why A Patient's Story Matters More Than A Computer Checklist

Electronic medical records are supposed to make health care safer and more consistent. But they fail to capture the true story of a patient's life, an Alabama doctor finds. And all that time checking boxes means less time for house calls with an elderly couple who need compassion more than diagnoses.
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See How Food Stamp Cuts Are Hitting Across The U.S.

Oregon as a local food movement hub? That's obvious. Less so is the fact that one in five state residents rely on food stamps. That's one of the surprising facts that stand out in an interactive map that tracks how cuts that went into effect on Nov. 1 are affecting the country.
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Bike Evangelist Wants To Put More Riders In The Low Seat

Recumbent bikes are said to be much more comfortable to ride than traditional bikes, but they're also more expensive. One Wisconsin man hopes to make the low-riding bikes more affordable by building them out of conventional bike parts.
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Porn Mogul Larry Flynt Wants Man Who Paralyzed Him Spared

Objecting to the pending execution of the man who shot him 35 years ago, Flynt tells NPR: "I just don't think that government should be in the business of killing people. And I think punishment by putting someone in a 3-by-6 cell is a lot greater than if you snuff out their life in a few seconds with a lethal injection."
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How Texas Changed, And Changed The Nation, Since JFK

In the 50 years since the Kennedy assassination, Texas has become bigger, richer and more influential politically. Its economic model has not made everyone winners, but it's been attractive enough to draw millions of newcomers.

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