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Coke Changed Caramel Color To Avoid Cancer Warning; Pepsi In Transition

In 2011, California listed 4-MEI, the chemical that Coke and Pepsi used to obtain caramel coloring for their colas, as a carcinogen. Both sodas have been reformulated for sale in the state — but tests show 4-MEI is still common in Pepsi colas sold elsewhere.
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Death Valley Is Hot Tourist Destination, Literally

Record-breaking temperatures are drawing crowds of visitors there, where they are frying eggs on sidewalks and posing next to a big unofficial thermometer showing temperatures as high as 132 degrees. Another draw is the aptly named Furnace Creek.
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June Sales Rev Engines Of Detroit Automakers

U.S. automakers have reported the best monthly selling rate since December 2007. Japanese firms also saw gains.
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Federal Investigators Probe Ariz. Fire That Killed 19 Hotshots

Near the city of Prescott, Ariz., crews are starting to make some progress on the 8,500 acre Yarnell Hill Fire. The blaze claimed the lives of 19 elite firefighters on Sunday. Tuesday night, several thousand people gathered at a football stadium for a vigil to remember the firefighters.
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Fellow Firefighters Mourn Hotshot Woyjeck's Death

One of the 19 elite firefighters killed in Arizona was 21-year-old Kevin Woyjeck of Seal Beach, California. The young man followed in his father's footsteps to become a firefighter.
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Doctors Recommend Baby Boomers Get Tested For Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C affects more than 3 million adults, most baby boomers. New York has passed legislation to become the first state to require doctors to offer the test to this age group. But some doctors are opposed to it, and it's unclear whether Governor Cuomo will sign the measure.
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Texas Democrats Aim For A Bright Future

Texas is a Republican stronghold and has been for years. But the Latino population is growing fast. And that provides Democrats with an opening.
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White House Delays Key Piece Of Affordable Care Act

The Obama administration has decided to delay the date companies with 50 or more full-time employees are required to comply with the Affordable Care Act. They'll now have until 2015.
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Father: Teen Jailed For Facebook Comment Beat Up Behind Bars

The push to reduce Justin Carter's $500,000 bail is getting more urgent after his family says the Texas teen is suffering physical abuse while an inmate in a Central Texas jail.
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Guess Who's Fighting To Keep Indiana Dry On Sundays?

Indiana is the only state where you can't buy packaged beer, wine and liquor on Sundays and the only state that regulates alcohol sales based on temperature. Convenience stores want to change the laws, but the state's liquor stores — who would seem to have the most to gain — are fighting back.

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