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Can Anything Be Done To Tornado-Proof A House?

Linda Wertheimer talks to Professor Andrew Graettinger of the University of Alabama about what can be to strengthen buildings and save lives when tornadoes strike. He was part of a study that looked at the structural impact of the 2011 tornadoes that ripped through Joplin, Mo., and Tuscaloosa, Ala.
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Court Rules Vacation Rental Site Illegal In New York

In New York, a judge has dealt a setback to Airbnb, the popular website for short term apartment rentals. The judge ruled an Airbnb user violated a New York City law when he rented a room to a visitor from out of town. The judge's decision casts doubt on New Yorkers' ability to make use of the site legally.
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Battle Lines Harden In Debate Over Blame For IRS Controversy

The Treasury Department's inspector general, who faulted the IRS for flagging conservative groups for extra scrutiny, is now investigating how the agency is monitoring the political activities of tax-exempt groups. These so-called social welfare organizations are not supposed to be primarily about politics, although many seem to be.
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Plenty Of Overtime NHL Playoff Games Attributed To Parity

The Boston Bruins are ahead three games in their series with the New York Rangers. The reigning champion Los Angeles Kings, meanwhile, lost to San Jose and their series is tied at 2-2.
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Red Cross Expects Okla. Shelters To Be Open For Weeks

The damage in Moore, Oklahoma, is overwhelming. But some people can't even focus on that yet, because they're still trying to find out what happened to loved ones they haven't seen since the tornado.
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Parking Industry Tries To Make Your Life Easier

The future of parking has been showcased in Fort Lauderdale, Fla, this week at the International Parking Institute's annual conference. The conversation has been about helping drivers get in and out of spaces as conveniently as possible.
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Boy Scouts To Decide Whether To Admit Gay Youth

The Boy Scouts of America votes in Texas this week on whether to change its century old membership policy. The proposal is to open up the scouts to allow gay youth to join and continue to ban on adults who are gay. About 1,400 voting members will decide.

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