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High School Reconsiders Student's Yearbook Photo

Draven Rodriguez posed with his cat. The school's principal rejected the photo. It will appear in the yearbook after all — on the principal's page promoting animal rescue and adoption.
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House Approves Bill To Train, Arm Syrian Rebels

It's the only part of President Obama's strategy for combating the extremist group Islamic State that he's asked Congress to weigh in on.
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A New Campaign Ad Sport: Billionaire Bashing

It's open season on the wealthy political donors. Democratic campaign ads tie Republican candidates to the Koch brothers, while GOP ads paint sinister images of George Soros and Tom Steyer.
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Diet Soda May Alter Our Gut Microbes And Raise The Risk Of Diabetes

There's a new wrinkle to the old debate over diet soda: Artificial sweeteners may alter our microbiomes. And for some, this may raise blood sugar levels and set the stage for diabetes.
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On Second Thought, Vikings Put Adrian Peterson On Exempt List

The Minnesota Vikings announced on Thursday that they will place star running back Adrian Peterson on the exempt list until his legal troubles are resolved. Peterson was indicted by a grand jury for reckless and negligent injury to a child after whipping his son with a switch.
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Homeless Vet's Story Illustrates Challenge In Getting Off The Street

The White House has vowed to end chronic homelessness among veterans by 2015. We profile one vet in San Diego whose odyssey illustrates why it's so hard to get vets off the street.
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Fed Pledges To Keep Interest Rates Low For A While

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen took questions from reporters on Wednesday afternoon after the central bank's release of a new policy statement. The Fed said that its bond-buying stimulus program would end next month but it will still be a "considerable time" before short-term interest rates are increased.
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MacArthur Grantee Recognized For Advocacy Of Domestic Workers

Among the scientists, artists and academics awarded this year's MacArthur grants is labor organizer Ai-jen Poo. Poo was recognized for her advocacy of domestic workers: housekeepers, nannies and other caregivers who are often underpaid and not protected by labor law. Robert Siegel talks with her about her work.
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Obama Renews Pledge To Keep Combat Forces Out Of Iraq, Syria

President Obama's remarks came as Congress votes to approve more military trainers in the region to aide the fight against the group that calls itself the Islamic State.
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Europe's Family Tree Gets A New Branch

Genetic evidence from ancient humans and modern people suggests that travelers from northern Eurasia moved south several thousand years ago. They stuck around to have kids with early European farmers.

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