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Energy Drinks Blamed For Boost In Emergency Room Visits

A new report says the number of ER visits involving caffeine-laced energy drinks doubled from 2007 to 2011. Many of those visits involved patients who combined the drinks with alcohol and other drugs, intensifying the effects. Manufacturers say there's no proof the drinks are to blame.
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Gay Rights Activists Inspired By Obama's Second Inaugural Address

One memorable line in President Obama's second inaugural address connected the Stonewall riots in New York City that began the modern debate over gay rights to the suffragettes at Seneca Falls, N.Y., and civil rights protests in Selma, Ala.
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Growing Pains As Doctors' Offices Adopt Electronic Records

Millions of dollars have been spent to digitize medical records. But doctors are only slowly adopting the the new systems, and many systems won't talk to each other. Some now wonder when the promised benefits in care and cost savings will arrive.
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Divine Rhetoric: God In The Inaugural Address

George Washington invoked the Almighty, but the word "God" wasn't used in an inaugural address until James Monroe. Since then, few presidents have missed the opportunity to put God in their inaugural speeches.
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Debt Limit? What Debt Limit?

House Republicans agreed to a short-term increase in the debt limit, but their proposal does a whole lot more than that.
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Stonewall? Explaining Obama's Historic Gay-Rights Reference

President Obama made history in his inaugural address when he mentioned Stonewall in the same breath as Selma, the Alabama town considered the birthplace of the black-rights movement, and Seneca Falls, the upstate New York site of the first women's-rights convention.
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Obama Overseas: Speak Loudly And Carry A Smaller Stick

The president has made clear his desire for an end to more than a decade of "perpetual war." He has readily used drone strikes and other military tools to fight terrorism, but he appears to have no appetite for lengthy conflicts that would require sizable troop deployments.
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'We Have No Choice': A Story Of The Texas Sonogram Law

Journalist Carolyn Jones wrote about her experience with the law for The Texas Observer after having an abortion last year. The state requires that a woman seeking an abortion receive a sonogram at least 24 hours before the procedure.

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