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Little Dog Does A Big Job In Oregon

He can't see, and he's not very big — but as dogs go, Xander the pug is having a big impact on Klamath Falls, Ore. The blind pup even made the front page of the local paper, for bringing empathy and happiness to people for whom such things are in short supply.
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After Long Wait For Combat, Tad Nagaki Became POW Liberator

A U.S. parachute team dropped into a POW camp in China to liberate the captives after Japan surrendered in 1945. Tad Nagaki was with that team. Prior to the assignment, Nagaki had spent two years requesting combat duty, only to be denied repeatedly because of his Japanese-American ethnicity.
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Forgotten For Decades, WWII Alaskans Finally Get Their Due

More than 6,000 Alaska Natives served without pay in the Alaska Territorial Guard, a response to Japan's 1942 foray into the Aleutian Islands. Members were finally granted veterans status in 2000. Now, the Department of Veterans Affairs is trying to ensure that the elderly survivors get their rightful benefits.
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Tact, Tone And Timing: The Power Of Apology

An effective apology involves a delicate balance between tact, tone and timing. In high-stakes settings, when jobs and reputations are on the line, it can be even harder. The significance of an apology can vary in different settings and professions.
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Each Family May Have Schizophrenia In Its Own Way

Some families with a history of schizophrenia share genetic variants on one brain pathway, a study finds. And the family members with schizophrenia are more likely to share symptoms. This may help researchers decipher the frustratingly complex genetics of schizophrenia.
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How Code For America's Apps Benefit Kansas City

Code for America, a new nonprofit out of San Francisco, is building apps to make cities work better for citizens. One of its apps often cuts down the normal time it would take to find something — for example, property research in the treasurer's office.
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Sen. Reid Threatens Nuclear Option To Confirm Nominees

Senate Republicans have continued blocking a number of President Obama's appointees to run his executive agencies. Majority Leader Harry Reid again has threatened a rules change to permit appointment confirmations with a simple majority vote.

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