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As Battery Demand Falls, Can Energizer Keep Going?

Lithium battery sales have fallen dramatically in recent years, as people adopt more and more rechargeable devices. The decreasing need for the batteries has prompted Energizer to close three U.S. plants, including one in northern Vermont.
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Victims Feel Slighted By Oklahoma Bombing Fund

It's been almost 18 years since a bomb destroyed the federal building in Oklahoma City. Today, millions of dollars remain unspent in a fund established for blast survivors — and some victims are asking why they've been denied assistance they say they need.
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Educators Worry Revamped GED Will Be Too Pricey

The test long used to demonstrate high school equivalency is getting an overhaul. Many educators agree it's time for an update, but the new GED will be much more expensive and administered only on computers. Some are worried the new exam will be out of reach for many test takers.
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College Football: Pro and Con(servative) Views

College sports fans can be distinctively different from the pro variety, no matter where they are. And that might complicate the growth plans of athletic conferences such as as the Big Ten, says Frank Deford.
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HIV Infections Rise Among Young Black Men In U.S.

The number of new HIV infections in the U.S. is relatively stable at about 50,000 people a year. But HIV is on the rise in people under 25, federal data show. The upswing is driven largely by infections among young black men.
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'Achieve Act' A Republican Answer To Dream Act

Republican Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and Jon Kyl held a news conference urging immigration reform on Tuesday. Both are retiring from the Senate next month and both are from red states that could turn blue in the next decade as more and more Latinos become citizens and voters.
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Battle Lines Drawn Over Old 'Miami Herald' Building

The Miami Herald's old headquarters on Biscayne Bay have been sold to a developer who wants to tear it down. Historic preservationists are working to stop the demolition, saying the hulking, boxy building is a prime example of Miami modernism architecture from the 50's and 60's. Demolition proponents — which include some prominent architects — say it's a clumsy building with no sense of style and not a "MiMo" design worth saving.
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Social Security Numbers Found In Parade Confetti

While watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, a college student noticed that the confetti dropping on him and his friends had easy-to-see personal information. Most if it was from the Nassau Long Island Police Department and included Social Security numbers, names of police, and even information about Mitt Romney's motorcade. The Nassau Police Department says it's investigating.

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