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The Upside Of The Bitter Cold: It Kills Bugs That Kill Trees

Scientists say that the freezing weather can help reduce the population of a beetle that harms trees, as well as other invasive species. In Minnesota, up to 80 percent of the beetle's larvae may die off, buying some time for those who feared its negative effects on the ash tree population.
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N.J. Bridge Scandal: New Emails And Documents Are Released

A New Jersey committee released a trove of documents Friday that shed more light on the bridge lane-closure scandal that is embroiling Republican Gov. Chris Christie's administration. The panel is seeking details on what's seen as an act of political retribution.
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Chemical Spill In West Virginia Leads To State Of Emergency

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has declared a state of emergency in nine counties because of water contamination. Approximately 300,000 people have been affected as a chemical has leached into the water supply.
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Tech Companies 'Gob-Smacked' To Find NSA Collecting Data

Steven Levy, senior writer for Wired, has written an article called "How the NSA Almost Killed the Internet." He tells Audie Cornish about what he learned from security personnel at many of the top tech companies. They claim that they were surprised to learn of the National Security Agency's data gathering.
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A Story Of The Boston Marathon Bombing, As Told On Skates

Figure skater Ross Miner hopes to qualify for the Winter Olympics, and the final competition starts Friday night in Boston, where Miner will perform his experience of last year's bombing, through moves and music.
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Marijuana 'Hash Oil' Explodes In Popularity, And Kitchens

A potent, syrupy extract of marijuana has become a popular way to ingest pot among young people, particularly in places where pot use has been liberalized. That has public safety officials worried, in part because making the substance can have explosive side effects.
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American Beer Fans, Praise The Heavens: A Trappist Brewery In U.S.

Trappist monks are known for producing some of the world's finest beers. But until recently, all of them were brewed in Europe. Next week, Spencer Trappist Ale, made by the monks of St. Joseph's Abbey in Massachusetts, hits retail shelves.
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U.S. Government Will Recognize Same-Sex Marriage In Utah

The federal government announces that it will recognize same-sex marriages performed in Utah, despite state officials saying that they won't recognize them — at least for now. The same-sex marriages are under review in the federal court.
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How A Community Bank Tripped On Footnote 1,861 Of The Volcker Rule

An obscure provision in the finance overhaul is causing problems for small banks. It turns out, it's hard to figure out which risks banks should be allowed to take.
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Minimum Wage Fight Takes Shape Across The Map

Raising the minimum wage has become a focus for Democrats both in Congress and in statehouses around the nation. But anywhere it's on the ballot, expect an aggressive campaign to defeat it.

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