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VA Data Show Disparities In Veteran Benefits Spending

Nationwide veteran benefits data show a huge variation in coverage from state to state, and even within states. In Massachusetts, access to VA services changes dramatically from Boston to Cape Cod.
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'Kings When It's Good': Oklahoma Braces For Possible Crude Crash

Big-energy states are hoping the cheap oil is just a blip. In Oklahoma, the head of a catering firm delivering food to oil field workers worries that "$40-a-barrel oil? It's going to shut everything."
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Consumer Agency Launches Tool To Help You Find A Cheaper Mortgage

For many Americans, buying a house is the biggest financial transaction of their lives, but a new federal report says half of buyers don't shop around for a better interest rate on their mortgage.
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Smoke-Filled Subway Train Leaves 1 Dead, 84 Hospitalized In Washington

Two passengers remain in critical condition after a train stalled in a tunnel outside a major junction in the system, then flooded with smoke.
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3 Kings Holiday Cake Laced With Synthetic Drugs Makes Dozens Hallucinate

What seemed like a case of food poisoning has now turned into a police investigation. Synthetic drugs present an evolving problem for the Drug Enforcement Administration.
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The Story Behind '40 Acres And A Mule'

As the Civil War was winding down 150 years ago, Union leaders asked their men how they could help the thousands of newly freed slaves.
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An Exhibit Offers A Different Angle On Life In Public Housing

An exhibit in Brooklyn aims to upend stereotypes about public housing by profiling residents and their achievements. The curators know their subject well; they once lived in public housing themselves.
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Imagining A Future When The Doctor's Office Is In Your Home

You can now monitor your heart rhythm with your cell phone. Dr. Eric Topol imagines a day when patients will be doing a lot more of their own medical testing, with doctors as advisers.
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U.S. State Dept.: Weak Government Has Slowed Haiti's Recovery

Five years ago, Haiti was hit by a devastating earthquake. Haiti Special Coordinator Thomas Adams for the U.S. State Department tells Audie Cornish why the reconstruction has been achingly slow.
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Feinstein Proposal Would Lock In Anti-Torture Measures

The CIA's excruciating interrogations of suspected terrorists, widely seen as torture, are detailed as official acts in the Senate report released last month. Now Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who spearheaded that report, wants to prevent such acts from ever happening again. She's proposing legislation and administrative moves for which her Republican colleagues see little need and which activists deem too timid.

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