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NYC To Vote On Controversial Sugary Drinks Ban

The New York City Board of Health is set to vote Thursday on Mayor Michael Bloomberg's controversial plan to ban large sugary drinks. The beverage industry is mounting a fierce campaign against the ban. But public health experts say it's a good first step to combat rising obesity rates.
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Can Marriage Save Single Mothers From Poverty?

New census figures showing a link between single motherhood and poverty have some analysts touting marriage as a cure. But others say there are additional economic factors to consider.
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Fed Stimulus Expected, But Remedy May Not Be Right

The Federal Reserve is meeting in Washington to discuss what to do with the sluggish economy. Analysts believe the Fed will take action, but some economists wonder if it will have an effect — or even be counterproductive.
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Obama's Post-Charlotte Bounce May Owe More To TV Ads Than Convention

A group of political scientists counted 40,974 ads on behalf of President Obama versus 17,779 for Mitt Romney during the two weeks of the political conventions.
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Rove's Crossroads GPS Gets Explicit In Anti-Obama Air War

Crossroads GPS, an anti-Obama group co-founded by GOP political strategist Karl Rove, is shifting its ad strategy. It's going from so-called issue ads that purportedly educated voters on why the president was wrong on issues to directly urging for voters to vote against him.
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When Telemarketers Pocket Money Meant For Charity

Americans give billions to charity each year. But an investigative report has found one large, for-profit telemarketing company has kept a large percentage of the funds it has raised for charities — while also misrepresenting to donors how their contributions would be used.
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Poverty Rate Unchanged, But Still Historically High

The government says that the poverty rate for 2011 was 15 percent, essentially unchanged from the year before. That still means that more than 46 million people lived below the poverty line last year. According to one economist, "the bad news isn't as bad as it has been."

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