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Could Diet Soda Really Be Better Than Water For Weight Loss?

A new study funded by the beverage industry suggests that diet drinks might be more effective than water alone in helping dieters shed pounds. Researchers speculate that soda made people less hungry.
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Son Of Late Snake-Handling Pastor Is Bitten By Rattlesnake

Months after taking over for his father as the leader of a Pentecostal church, Cody Coots was bitten this week. His father, Jamie, died of a poisonous snake bite in February.
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In NBC Interview, Snowden Says He Was 'Trained As A Spy'

Targeting what he calls "misleading" statements about his work for the U.S., former NSA contractor Edward Snowden tells NBC's Brian Williams he "was trained as a spy" and lived under a false name.
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Google's New Car Lacks A Steering Wheel (And Brakes)

The tech company built three prototypes from scratch, creating compact cars that look like they're on an extreme no-options diet. For now, their top speed is 25 mph.
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Bill Murray Gives Advice To Bachelor Party Attendees

Bill Murray's advice: If you find "the one," travel the world with her and if you can still stand each other when you get back home, get married at the airport.
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Reverse Food Truck Caters To Hunger Relief Programs

This summer in Minnesota's Twin Cities, a new kind of food truck is on the streets. Instead of selling food, this truck is collecting it and giving it to people who need it.
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Obama To Use West Point Speech To Lay Out Foreign Policy Doctrine

President Obama delivers the commencement address at West Point on Wednesday. Aides say he'll use the opportunity to spell out his broad vision of foreign policy and America's role in the world.
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U.S. Plans To Leave Residual Force Of Nearly 10,000 In Afghanistan

President Obama announced on Tuesday a plan to leave a residual force of 9,800 service members in Afghanistan beyond 2014. By 2016, most troops will be out of the country.
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World Trade Center Developer Wants Loan Guarantees To Resume Project

The landlords at 1 World Trade Center dropped the rent because the building is more than 40 percent vacant. That raises questions about 3 World Trade Center, which is still under construction.
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No Matter How You Spell It, Fracking Stirs Controversy

Fracking was among 149 words added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. Activists play up its unseemly connotations; those in the oil and gas industry downplay documented problems with gas development.

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