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Propeller Planes Come Back Amid High Fuel Prices

Record-high fuel costs have hammered airlines, forcing executives to eliminate flights, cut back on unprofitable routes and make passengers pay for many perks that used to be free. Now the airlines are looking at other ways to save money — and they're turning to propeller planes.
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In Fiscal Cliff PR War, Obama Seeks Help From A Public Already Leaning His Way

In Washington's latest game of chicken, President Obama is recruiting voters who see things his way to provide an edge in his quest to get congressional Republicans to accept tax increases on the nation's wealthiest. His newest weapon? A Twitter hashtag.
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Mormonism: A Scrutinized, Yet Evolving Faith

The 2012 election shined a spotlight on the previously little-known religion of Mormonism. Many Americans have heard about the missionaries or baptism for the dead. But on the whole, the theology is shrouded in mystery. Mormons say their religion is often misunderstood because, unlike other faiths, it changes with time.
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Republican Corker On Deficit Plan, Benghazi Attack

Melissa Block speaks to Republican Senator Bob Corker about his plan for dodging the "fiscal cliff."
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EPA Bans BP From Bidding On Federal Contracts

The Environmental Protection Agency announced on Wednesday that it is temporarily banning BP from doing new business with the federal government. The agency cites BP's lack of business integrity as a reason, pointing to the company's conduct during the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster. The suspension doesn't affect current contracts.
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Republican Cole Breaks Party Ranks On Fiscal Cliff

President Obama wants House Republicans to simply pass tax-cut extensions for most Americans and argue about the rich later. It looks like he's found at least one ally — Oklahoma congressman Tom Cole.
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Obama Uses Twitter To Ramp Up Fiscal Cliff Pressure

President Obama met with middle class taxpayers on Wednesday who had written to the White House about the impact of tax hikes on their pocket books.
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More Evidence Suggests Shortcomings For Whooping Cough Vaccine

There were more than 9,000 whooping cough cases in California in 2010, a 60-year high. There has been a resurgence of the disease across the country lately. Why? People going without vaccination is one factor. Another may lie in the vaccines themselves.
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Roughing Up Rice: GOP Senators Play The Personal And Political

History suggests that Susan Rice will be confirmed, if nominated for secretary of state. But some Republicans may be focusing on her statements about Benghazi to discredit the Obama administration. Here's a look at that possibility, and what else might be part of the Capitol Hill wrangling.

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