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As A VP Option, Christie's Star May Burn Too Hot

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has been mentioned as a long-shot choice to be Mitt Romney's running mate. The first-term governor's brash style has earned him fans in the GOP. But critics say he could be a bit too outspoken to be No. 2 on the ticket.
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Romney In London: Not A Smashing Success So Far

Mitt Romney's big foreign trip got off to a shaky start. Among several missteps, the Republican presidential candidate upset his British host by raising doubts about whether the London Olympics would be a success.
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A Different Road To Work, Bypassing College Dreams

With college costs rising and student debt mounting, some high school graduates in Charlotte, N.C., are opting for an alternative route: European-style apprenticeships. One straight-A student has shifted her sights from an international relations degree to becoming an engineer.
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Where Did All The Watermelon Seeds Go?

Seedless watermelons are easier to eat than traditional ones, but are we sacrificing flavor? Plant breeders say watermelons have been bred to enhance flavor and convenience, and argue that seedless ones are usually sweeter.
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Pa. Town Chases New Energy Dream After Oil Bails

Marcus Hook, Pa., had been a refinery town for 109 years. But caught in big changes to the world of energy, the plant shut down last winter. Now the community's young mayor wants to reinvent the community as a hub for the natural gas industry.
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U.S. Gymnast Maroney Says She'll 'Make The Best' Of Competing On Broken Toe

McKayla Maroney will compete in London despite the lingering effects of a broken toe. Maroney, a gold medal contender, is the reigning world champion in the vault. Early reports suggested that the gymnast broke her toe in London. But it appears that she merely tweaked an earlier injury.
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In Kayla Harrison, U.S. Has Chance For Judo Gold, And A 'Comeback Kid' Story

Kayla Harrison, 22, is the best chance the United States has to win its first Olympic gold medal in the sport of judo. Like many of the world's best athletes, Harrison's road to London wasn't easy.

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