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Confirmation Hearing Was A Rough Ride For Hagel

It was just days ago that Massachusetts Democratic Senator John Kerry sailed through Senate confirmation to his new job as secretary of state. When Nebraska Republican Chuck Hagel came before his former colleagues Thursday, he got a decidedly less friendly reception on his path to secretary of defense.
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Is It Time For Boy Scouts To Be More Inclusive?

The Boy Scouts of America is expected to vote next week on whether to change its national policy that bans gay leaders and gay scouts. Many suggest the more than 100-year-old organization is backing away from the ban because some prominent sponsors are pressuring the group to reconsider.
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Super Bowl Underdogs, Are Stats On Their Side?

The Baltimore Ravens hope to top off their run to the Super Bowl with a win in the big game Sunday. If they do, they'll continue a trend of unlikely champions — six of the past eight Super Bowl victors weren't the top seeds in their conferences.
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Player's Mom Caters To Baltimore Ravens Team

The San Francisco 49ers are favorites to win the Super Bowl but the Baltimore Ravens have a special source of fuel. Raven Jacoby Jones is from New Orleans, where the game will be played. His mom made the team 150 plates of food.
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Advertisers Want Eye Balls On Sunday's Super Bowl

About 110 million people are expected to tune in to watch the game between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers. Some might be watching just for the ads. Steve Inskeep talks to Tim Nudd, a senior editor at Adweek, to find out more about advertisers' game plans.
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Justice Department Moves To Block Beer Merger

Officials at the Justice Department have filed a lawsuit to block Anheuser-Busch InBev from buying Grupo Modelo which sells Corona. The government says preventing the acquisition is the only way to keep beer prices down.
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Latest Jobless Rate Forecast To Hold Steady

The Labor Department is releasing the latest unemployment figures. It's the first indication of job creation in 2013.
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Alabama Hostage Standoff Continues

A 5-year-old boy has been held captive in an underground bunker since Tuesday. Authorities continue to negotiate with his captor. The child's bus driver was killed before the kidnapping. His sister says Charles Poland, "would have done anything to protect those kids."

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