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Obama Buoys Democrats By Dropping Social Security Cut Idea

You could almost hear the sigh of relief from Democrats when the White House announced President Obama's 2015 budget wouldn't include a proposal that would have lowered Social Security benefits.
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After A Weak Holiday Season, Wal-Mart Profits Shrink

Wal-Mart sales and income slumped in the past year. The retail giant says its customers are being hurt by cuts in government benefits, higher taxes and rising health-care costs.
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Video Streaming Is Straining, But Who Will Ease The Tension?

Services like Netflix take up a lot of bandwidth, and their increasing popularity is fueling a dispute between these companies and the Internet service providers that carry them.
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Who's Your Buddy? It's Canada, Americans Say

Canada is still tops for Americans, Gallup says. But the polling company says attitudes toward other countries have shifted — particularly for North Korea and Russia.
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'Piglet Smoothie' Fed To Sows To Prevent Disease; Activists Outraged

Undercover footage shows a hog farm feeding sows ground-up piglets that succumbed to a deadly virus. Veterinarians say it's the only method they have to protect herds against a fast-spreading disease.
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Doctors Urge Patience, And Longer Labor, To Reduce C-Sections

For many women, a safe, healthy labor lasts longer than the times cited as normal, according to guidelines from the nation's obstetricians. Giving women more time ups the odds of a vaginal delivery.
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Gay-Marriage Battle Moves South, And Religious Right Fights Back

Buoyed by federal court rulings, same-sex couples in the Deep South are taking on traditional marriage laws in the very states where those laws enjoy overwhelming public support.
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Edwin Edwards: Governor, Convict, Reality TV Star — Congressman?

The colorful former Louisiana governor is contemplating a run for Congress, three years after finishing up an eight-year federal prison term — and after a star turn in a reality show.
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Kiev Protesters Find Backup In Philly

As another day of clashes unfold in Kiev, Americans with Ukrainian ancestry are looking on in concern. The large Ukrainian-American community in Philadelphia is holding rallies to support protesters.
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New York Backs Off Controversial Punishment For Juveniles

In response to a lawsuit, New York has offered to limit its use of solitary confinement, including prohibiting its use for prisoners under 18. This may be a potential watershed in prison policy.

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