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San Diego Voters Elect Republican Mayor To Fill Filner's Term

The special election was held after Democratic Mayor Bob Filner resigned. He was accused by multiple women of sexual harassment.
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Gov. Christie Promotes GOP Despite Scandal At Home In N.J.

Chris Christie continues to travel the country as head of the Republican Governors Association. He's promoting the GOP agenda and raising money for this year's elections. But compared to Christie's usual style, it's a low-key tour — absent media interviews and with very few photo ops with smiling candidates.
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For Would-Be NFL Players, 40 Yards Stand In Their Way

With the NFL season over, attention turns to the hopefuls who are preparing for April's draft. Over the next several weeks, athletes will highlight their skills during pro days and the annual combine, a week-long event showcasing their physical and mental tools. The focal point is the 40 yard dash, where a tenth of a second can mean all the difference.
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Can Underfunded Community Colleges Provide More Job Training?

Community College leaders are in Washington lobbying for more money and a bigger role in training Americans for the workforce. In most states though, community college funding has been slashed. It's unclear if the schools can open their doors to more people or create new job-training programs.
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Tennessee Volkswagen Workers Vote On UAW Membership

In Chattanooga on Wednesday, workers at Volkswagen's auto plant will vote on whether to unionize. This is billed as the most closely watched unionization vote in the South in decades.
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Mass. Suit Aims To Clarify Religious Groups' Latitude In Hiring

When it comes to hiring pastors and teachers, religious organizations like churches or schools are exempt from most employment discrimination laws. But a lawsuit in Massachusetts wants to clarify how much leeway they have. For example, can they discriminate against people in same-sex marriages for non-religious jobs like gym teacher or cafeteria worker?
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Why Is Tobacco Still The Leading Preventable Cause Of Death?

Former U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin hosted a summit of former surgeons general at Xavier University in New Orleans to talk about curtailing the nation's top preventable cause of death: smoking. They focused on how to keep kids from getting addicted. The session comes 50 years after the landmark surgeon general's report that smoking was dangerous. But even today, obstacles remain.
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At Last, New York Fashion Week Brings 'Good News For Real People'

Wearing oversized sweaters, sensible shoes and loose-fitting suits, the models on the runway this year look downright comfortable. New York Times Style Magazine editor in chief Deborah Needleman says these styles are "much more about comfort" than they have been in the past.
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To Rent Or Buy? For The Federal Government, It's Complicated

The Bureau of Indian Affairs cost taxpayers $32 million by overpaying for space and renting too much of it. It's just one in a long line of federal leasing problems, according to reports. Health and Human Services has been leasing a building in Maryland for 60 years that it could have owned 10 times over by now.
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NBC's Tom Brokaw Announces He Has Cancer, Says He's 'Optimistic'

Tom Brokaw, the NBC News correspondent who for years was one of America's favorite news anchors, has been diagnosed with Tmultiple myeloma, a cancer that affects blood cells in bone marrow, the network says.

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