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Accuser's Video Leads To Sexual Assault Charges For Teacher

After a young California woman posted video of the phone call she made to a former teacher who she says sexually abused her, the clip went viral. Then another alleged victim stepped forward. Now the woman who has been accused faces 16 charges and possibly life in prison if convicted.
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Sick Of Winter? Love It? More Snow And Ice Are On The Way

The latest storm will spread from the Plains states to New England over the next day or two. And yet another system packing snow and ice is expected by Sunday or Monday. Are you enjoying all this? Dreaming of spring? Or laughing from somewhere sunny?

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Senate Expected To Pass Long-Delayed Farm Bill

The Senate is heading toward final passage of a five-year, half-trillion dollar farm bill Tuesday afternoon. Proponents are pointing to its elimination of direct subsidies and replacement with crop insurance. But critics say crop insurance continues to provide overly generous subsidies to even wealthy corporate farms.
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You Know It's Cold When Kenny Martin Wears Pants

Kenny Martin is a mailman working out of the Walled Lake post office northwest of Detroit. He wears shorts all year around. He gives the Detroit Free Press a simple explanation: "I hate pants." But this winter finally broke him.
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Marine Museum Sponsors MRE Cook-Off

The National Museum of the Marine Corps held the second annual MRE Cook-off over the weekend. The winner: John Crist's sloppy-Joe-and-cheesy-garlic-mashed-potatoes-smothered-imitation-pork-thingy sandwich.
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Political Map: Does Geography Shape Your Ideology?

Why do states have strong concentrations of liberals and conservatives? Why isn't there more mixing? New research explores the answer to these questions.
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VW Chattanooga Plant To Vote On UAW Membership

Next week in Tennessee, workers at Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant will vote on whether to join the United Auto Workers. It's the first attempt to unionize a non-Detroit-run factory in 13 years. Volkswagen has given the drive its blessing but outside groups have stepped in to fight the union.
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Wanna Smoke? It Could Cost You A Tooth, FDA Warns Teens

Cigarette smoking costs you a lot more than money, a graphic new ad campaign warns teenagers. It's the Food and Drug Administration's first foray into slick messaging aimed at keeping teens from taking up cigarettes. Most long-term smokers started as teens.
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Exonerations On The Rise, And Not Just Because Of DNA

Last year, a record number of people were exonerated for crimes in the U.S. Retesting of DNA evidence was once the primary force, but now experts say it's because prosecutors and police are reinvestigating old crimes — and learning that they sometimes got the wrong man.
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The Deficit: The Talk Is Big, But The Number Is Shrinking

The federal budget deficit is falling sharply, but you wouldn't know it from some of the rhetoric in Washington. But Republicans caution that the downward trend line will reverse itself soon enough.

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