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New Anti-Obesity Ads Blaming Overweight Parents Spark Criticism

Critics say the ads, created by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, are condescending and could have a negative effect on people who are overweight. But the company stands by the ads, saying the obesity problem is so big, they needed to take dramatic action.
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Romney Tries To Win Ohio's Working-Class Voters

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's swing through Ohio took him from the suburbs of Columbus through parched cornfields and pumpkin patches to industrial corridors near Cleveland and Toledo. Romney says his policies will make things better for struggling Americans.
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Army Seeks To Curb Rising Tide Of Suicides

Nearly all soldiers in the Army will stop what they are doing Thursday to take part in suicide-prevention training. The Army "stand down" is aimed at slowing an alarming increase in suicide rates — on average, one soldier dies of suicide every day.
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Atlanta Symphony Musicians Ratify New Contract

When the two sides couldn't reach an agreement last month, players were locked out of the Woodruff Arts Center. With the season set to begin in just one week, the musicians approved a deal with $5 million in concessions.
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Florida School District Requires Fit Custodians

Janitors suffer some of the highest rates of injury on the job. That costs employers millions of dollars in compensation and lost work time. A Florida school district decided to address the issue by instituting a fitness test for prospective custodians. But the test is so tough the district is having a hard time filling positions.
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New Obama And Romney Ads Are Linked By Guilt

President Obama's new ad uses anticipatory guilt to try and get young voters who might not be as excited as they were four years ago to vote. Meanwhile, Republican Mitt Romney's new ad is born of the now-infamous video in which he is seen talking about the "47 percent."
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Cherokee Nation Chief Demands Apology From Scott Brown Campaign

The principal chief of the Cherokee Nation is calling on Massachusetts senator to apologize for a video that allegedly shows members of his staff imitating "stereotypical 'war whoops chants.'" Brown has said he doesn't condone the actions.

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