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In Diplomacy, Obama Aims To 'Hit Singles,' Not Swing For Fences

As President Obama returns from his trip to Asia, he's defending the trip's modest diplomatic accomplishments. He says that, while such efforts may not be sexy, they're better than unforced errors.
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New York And Chicago Bring E-Cigs Under Umbrella Of Tobacco Laws

Laws subjecting e-cigarettes to the same regulations as other tobacco products take effect in New York and Chicago Tuesday. They're just the latest moves to stem the rising popularity of the devices.
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Poll: Young Voters Uninterested In November 2014 Elections

A new survey reports voting interest among 18- to 29-year-olds has declined in recent months. Only a quarter say they'll definitely vote in the midterm elections.
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How Donald Sterling Violated The NBA's Unspoken Social Contract

The contrast between the racial makeup of the league's ownership class and its players usually goes unmentioned. But the Donald Sterling fracas has pushed that not-quite-subtext to the fore.
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Texas' Biggest Power Company Files For Bankruptcy

Back in 2007, equity firms took Energy Future Holdings private in a huge $45 billion deal. The natural gas boom, however, drove the price of electricity down, leading to huge losses for the company.
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A Brief Tour Of The Alimentary Canal, From Spit To You Know What

If you didn't know that spit makes a great spot remover or where prison inmates smuggle cellphones, author Mary Roach can fill you in. There's more than digestion going on down there.
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A Cookbook Map Reveals What's Hot In American Regional Cuisine

Amazon Books has curated an interactive map that shows who's invigorating regional cooking. And there are some surprises: Texas is moving beyond barbecue, while charcuterie is cool in California.
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Rosie The Riveter's World War II-Era Plant Faces Demolition

All that stands between the plant that made B-24 bombers and the wrecking ball is two days and $1 million. The group that's trying to save the facility says it's an uphill task.
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The Force Is With Them: Star Wars Episode VII Cast Revealed

Newcomers John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver will join old favorites Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill. The movie is due to be released Dec. 18, 2015.
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Famed 83-Year-Old Jewel Thief Pleads Guilty To Stealing Diamond Ring

Doris Payne's rap sheet dates back six decades. She walked into an upscale jewelry store last October and walked out with a $22,500 ring. On Monday, she was sentenced to four years in custody.

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