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The Cost Of Being A Nation Of 'Soul Food Junkies'

From the dark days of slavery through the civil rights era, soul food like fried chicken and sweet potato pie nourished the African-American community and became a touchstone of cultural identity. But a new documentary asks: Is this greasy goodness doing more harm than good?
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Java Security Flaw Is Repaired; Experts Still Recommend Disabling It

Days after the Department of Homeland Security said computer users should remove the latest versions of its Java software, Oracle Corp. says it has fixed the flaw. But U.S. security experts call another security vulnerability "likely."
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Elder President Bush Released From Hospital

Bush, 88, had been in Houston's Methodist Hospital for nearly two months. He was being treated for complications related to bronchitis and a stubborn fever. He's the oldest of the nation's four living former presidents.
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Retired Bishop Gene Robinson On Being Gay And Loving God

The first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church will start work with the Center for American Progress, focusing on issues of faith and gay rights. "Gay is not something we do," he says. "It's something we are." His book God Believes in Love: Straight Talk About Gay Marriage was published in September.
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Florida's Python Problem: Snakes Reshape The Everglades

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission launched its first ever "Python Challenge." More than 800 hunters have registered for the month-long competition aimed at harvesting Burmese pythons. University of Florida professor Frank Mazzotti talks about the threat they present to the ecosystem of the Everglades.
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The Great American Signature Fades Away

Jack Lew's unreadable signature — which could appear on new U.S. currency if he becomes Treasury secretary — raises a question: In our age of electronic communication and digital authentication, do signatures even matter anymore?
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In News Conference, Obama Calls For Raising Debt Ceiling

On Monday, President Obama repeated his call to Congress to raise the U.S. Treasury's borrowing limit.

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