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Home Prices On The Rise Across U.S.

Robert Siegel speaks with Rob Lang, director of Brookings Mountain West, about the latest S&P Case-Shiller home price index numbers. In particular, cautious optimism is returning to the Las Vegas housing market, but some see it as a new bubble.
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Tea Party Firebrand Bachmann Won't Seek Fifth Term

Tea Party favorite and former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann announced that she would not run for re-election to her Minnesota House seat. Bachmann was facing a tough fight, having barely beaten an unknown Democrat in a district that Republican nominee Mitt Romney carried by 15 points.
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Smithfield Deal Highlights China's Reliance On U.S. Farmers

A Chinese food company is buying Virginia-based Smithfield Foods in a deal valued at $4.7 billion. It's being called the largest acquisition of a U.S. company by a Chinese buyer, but the deal will likely face close scrutiny.
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Two Newspapers Battle It Out For The New Orleans Market

Residents were outraged when The Times-Picayune cut its paper-and-ink edition to three days a week to focus on its website. Now the paper is facing a new competitor for the local media market — one based 80 miles away.
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How OxyContin's Pain Relief Built 'A World Of Hurt'

New York Times reporter Barry Meier's new e-book explores opiate painkillers and the consequences that come with long-term use. He focuses in particular on OxyContin, how it came to be prescribed for chronic pain, what the consequences have been, and how it became a street drug.
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Cooking With Cicadas: No Weirder Than Eating Cheese?

We know, eating bugs sounds strange, but 2 billion people already do it — and the U.N. has made the case for insects as a key protein source. For U.S. East Coasters, the coming of the 17-year cicadas provides an opportunity to cook with bugs. If you want to try your hand at it, there's a cookbook to guide your way.
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What's The Meaning Of This? A New Twist In The Spelling Bee

For the first time in the competition's 86-year history, a vocabulary test is part of the preliminary and semifinal rounds.
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What's Under Youngstown May Help What's On Top

City leaders in Youngstown, Ohio, are hoping that by leasing land to drilling companies, they might generate funds to demolish vacant homes and buildings. Some refer to this as "frackmolishing," and opponents worry the drilling will cause environmental damage.

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