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Top Spenders On Capitol Hill Pay Billions, Receive Trillions

A new analysis by the Sunlight Foundation examines corporations that expend the most money in Washington on campaign contributions and lobbying. Defense contractors and finance giants lead the pack.
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To End Food Waste, Change Needs To Begin At Home

The U.S. throws out 35 million tons of food each year. While many restaurants, supermarkets and processors are taking responsibility, many consumers aren't. An EPA pilot program aims to change that.
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The Power Of Suggestion Could Trigger Asthma — Or Treat It

Strong odors can be a problem for people with asthma. Even anticipating smells like chemicals or heavy perfumes can lead to an asthma attack. Some scientists think this may lead to new treatments.
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Six Words: 'With Kids, I'm Dad. Alone, Thug'

With his brown skin and long dreadlocks, Marc Quarles stands out in his predominantly white neighborhood. He's particularly aware of that, he says, when his biracial children aren't with him.
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HealthCare.gov Has Improved, But Obamacare Still Faces Problems

The second open enrollment period at HealthCare.gov began Saturday. The website is better than last year's version, but approval of the Affordable Care Act remains low.
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Criminal Law Says Minors Can't Consent — But Some Civil Courts Disagree

No state has an age of consent lower than 16. But in some civil cases, attorneys argue that children can make decisions about whom they have sex with — and, in some courtrooms, those attorneys win.
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Lakers May Be Losing Games, But They're Still Winning Latino Fans

The Lakers are the only NBA team with a dedicated Spanish-language TV channel and broadcast crew. And it makes sense: almost half of the 10 million people in LA County are Hispanic.
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In Texas, Amputees Get Their Shot At The 'Sweet Science' Of Boxing

In San Antonio amputees who aspire to be serious boxers are getting in the ring and competing. Texas became the first state to sanction competitive amputee boxing.
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Google Asks Users To Help Fight Ebola — And They Answer With Cash

For the first time ever, Google reached out to users in a matching campaign to help fund Ebola treatment and prevention. The company's philanthropic director explains why.
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G20 Leaders Pledge Growth, Threaten More Sanctions On Russia

The meeting wrapped up with a pledge to grow global output by 2.1 percent in the next five years, but Russia's President Vladimir Putin got the cold shoulder.

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