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Tampon Marketing Gets Real For The Social Media Age

An online video spot for HelloFlo breaks the familiar mold of cheesy tampon commercials in a clever way. Ad watchers say it's a reflection of the open, transparent conversations spurred by social media.
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Local Kentucky TV Station Wants To 'Un-Hype' The News

Sick of the hype that desperate local TV news programs use to try to draw viewers, a station in Louisville, Ky., is making a bold promise: If news isn't breaking at that moment, the station won't call it breaking news. It is part of a new compact with viewers and advertisers not to hype the news.
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House Republicans Work To Keep IRS Scandal In The Spotlight

Congressional Republicans are accusing the IRS of dodging their questions and requests for documents in the inquiry into the flagging of Tea Party groups seeking tax exempt status. One House committee warns the agency it could use its investigative powers to enforce compliance. And a second committee says it now has proof that conservative groups were treated worse than progressive groups.
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Bradley Manning Had Long Been Plagued By Mental Health Issues

Sentencing began Wednesday in the trial of Army Pvt. Bradley Manning. Journalist Steve Fishman wrote an in-depth profile of Manning for New York Magazine. He speaks to Melissa Block about the famed Wikileaker who faces years in prison.
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NSA Director Speaks At Hacker Conference With Mixed Reviews

Gen. Keith Alexander, head of the National Security Agency, spoke Wednesday at Black Hat, a hackers conference in Las Vegas.
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Former Chicago Mayor Lends A Hand To Ailing Gary, Ind.

After more than 20 years as Chicago's Mayor, Richard Daley is working with the new Mayor of Gary, Ind., to try to revitalize that rust belt city. Daley is a senior fellow at the University of Chicago and his students are also helping in the transformation effort.
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Man Forgotten In Windowless Cell Awarded $4 Million

A young man whom the Drug Enforcement Administration left in a windowless holding cell without water or food for several days settled a lawsuit against the Justice Department on Tuesday for more than $4 million. Audie Cornish spoke to the man, whose name is Daniel Chong, in May 2012.
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Better GDP Report Doesn't Mean Economy Is In Good Shape

The economy grew at an annual rate of 1.7 percent in the second quarter. That's better than most analysts expected, but far below the historical average. Federal Reserve policymakers meeting in Washington decided to leave interest rates alone and kept plans to begin phasing out a stimulus program later this year if the economy holds up well.
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Obama Makes Rare Trip To The Hill For Closed-Door Meetings

President Obama made a rare journey to Capitol Hill on Wednesday morning for closed-door meetings with House and Senate Democrats.
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White House Declassifies Documents To Justify NSA Program

The Obama administration declassified a series of documents in an effort to justify data collection efforts by the National Security Agency on Wednesday. The move may be an effort to get ahead of efforts in Congress to limit the government's ability to gather information about telephone and Internet communications. Also on Wednesday, The Guardian newspaper leaked more information from former contractor Edward Snowden, showing how vast the U.S. governments abilities are.

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