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In Houston, Falling Oil Prices Spark Fears Of Job Cuts Beyond Energy

Cheaper gasoline has benefited millions of motorists around the U.S. But in Houston the downturn in prices has brought layoffs and could hurt other sectors, including finance and real estate.
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States Face Correctional Officer Shortage Amid A Cultural Stigma

Administrators are trying new recruiting tactics and offering bonuses to make up for the shortfall. But for now, open shifts in some states have to be covered with mandatory overtime.
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Abortion Restrictions Complicate Access For Ohio Women

In Ohio, abortion restrictions have helped shut down half the state's clinics that perform the procedure, forcing many women to travel farther away, even to neighboring states.
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What Shapes Health? Webcast Explores Social And Economic Factors

People say many things affect health, from personal behavior and childhood abuse to God's will, according to a new poll. The people behind the numbers explain what it means for people and communities.
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Improving Housing Can Pay Dividends In Better Health

Living in substandard housing can make health problems like asthma much worse. Two mothers tell of their families' struggles to stay healthy in poor housing and their efforts to improve their lot.
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Seattle Cuts Public Transportation Fares For Low-Income Commuters

Low-income riders can now qualify for a program that will slash their fares by more than half of peak rates. But the cost will be offset by fare increases for everybody else.
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Before Rosa Parks, A Teenager Defied Segregation On An Alabama Bus

Claudette Colvin was a 15-year-old student from Montgomery, Ala., when she refused to yield her bus seat to a white passenger. But she has been largely forgotten in civil rights history.
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Walk A Little Faster To Get The Most Out of Your Exercise Time

People who walked briskly for 40 minutes five days a week saw more health improvements than those who walked for an hour a day but were more leisurely about it. Both groups lost weight.
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Supreme Court Seems Divided Over Independent Redistricting Commissions

Arizona voters approved a bipartisan commission to draw lines between congressional districts. Now the Supreme Court has been asked to put the legislators back in charge.
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L.A.'s Skid Row Tense After Fatal Police Shooting Of Homeless Man

The Los Angeles Police Department is gathering more evidence — and videos — related to Sunday's shooting. Skid Row is home to thousands of people with mental illness and substance abuse problems.

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