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Is '16 And Pregnant' An Effective Form Of Birth Control?

A study released Monday suggests that the MTV show 16 and Pregnant has contributed to a decline in the nation's teen birthrate. The researchers looked at teen births, Nielsen ratings, Google searches and tweets, and attribute one-third of the decline to the TV show.
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How Will NBC Cover Gay Issues During Sochi Olympics?

Mainstream Russian media outlets don't cover gay issues neutrally — let alone positively. So, as the nation gears up to host the Winter Olympics, activists are calling on Western media to shed light on the plight of gay Russians. That puts NBC in the awkward position, as both a journalistic enterprise and a business partner of the Olympic Games.
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West Virginia Tap Water Ban Awaits A Good Flush

The ban on tap water is slowly lifting in and around Charleston, W.Va., where a chemical spill tainted the water supply. Hundreds of thousands of residents have been living without clean tap water for five straight days. With schools and many businesses closed, many local residents have had to change their daily routines.
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Mysteries Persist Surrounding West Virginia Chemical Spill

West Virginia officials told residents Monday to flush out their home water systems before using the tap water again. Tests at the affected water treatment plant show almost no contamination. However, some toxicologists say, the spill shows how little is known about many chemicals in common use.
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An American Diplomat In Paris — And A Russian One, Too

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, are holding a series of talks in Paris in anticipation of an upcoming Syrian peace conference. They are trying to persuade the Syrian government and opposition leaders to allow unfettered delivery of humanitarian aid. There are still doubts, however, about whether exiled Syrian opposition leaders will even agree to attend the peace conference.
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Beyond The Bridge, Christie Faces Questions About Sandy Funds

The federal government is investigating the Christie administration's decision to use some funds earmarked for recovery from Superstorm Sandy toward advertisements promoting tourism, which also featured Gov. Christie and his family. The governor is already being scrutinized for a traffic jam apparently ordered by his top staff members, allegedly as political payback. Robert Siegel speaks to Matt Katz about the investigations.
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Young People Account For A Quarter Of Health Care Enrollees

The Obama administration released new enrollment numbers on Monday for the government's health insurance exchange. The numbers address the demographics of enrollees in the exchange. Administration officials are encouraged that people under the age of 35 constitute approximately a quarter of enrollees.
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U.S. High Court Hears Arguments On Recess Appointments

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on Monday challenging the presidential practice appointing federal officials during the Senate's break periods. At issue today were three recess appointments President Obama had made to the National Labor Relations Board.
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Arizona Abortion Law Remains Ruled As Unconstitutional

On Monday morning, the U.S. Supreme Court declined the state of Arizona's request to review a recent appeals court ruling, which had struck down the state's law banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The decision effectively blocks the law permanently, since the U.S. Court of Appeals found it unconstitutional.
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High Court's Pass On 'Fetal Pain' Abortion Case Unlikely To Cool Debate

The Supreme Court's decision not to review a lower court ruling on Arizona's "fetal pain" law has abortion rights advocates hailing the move as a signal the court isn't inclined to take on the 40-year precedent of Roe v. Wade.

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