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Beauty Pageant Economics: The Sash Isn't Cheap

From directors to designers, almost everyone in beauty pageants turns a profit. But not most of the contestants. Many can wind up spending thousands of dollars for entrance fees, the perfect gown and top-notch coaching. For most contestants, it's an expensive hobby with little or no financial reward.
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Think Congressional Gridlock Is Bad? If Reid Changes Filibuster Rules, Look Out

Every student of Washington knows the Senate has become the definition of a legislative graveyard, in part because of the frequency with which the minority party invokes its right to filibuster legislation and nominations. The Senate majority leader may push to change that — which could make matters worse.
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Kansas City Chiefs Player Kills Self, Girlfriend

After shooting his girlfriend multiple times early Saturday morning, linebacker Jovan Belcher drove to Arrowhead Stadium and killed himself in front of coaches and police.
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White House Holiday Spirit A 'Joy To All'

The bows are tied, the garlands are hung, and the White House is aglow. The decorations were handled with care by volunteers from all over the country, and this week, first lady Michelle Obama showed them off to military families.
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A Little Kindness Can Go A Long Way

Weekend Edition host Scott Simon brings us a story of a little bit of holiday kindness, courtesy of a New York City policeman who brought a homeless man a pair of boots, and the photo that spread the story across the Internet.
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Farewell: USS Enterprise Starred In History And Film

The aircraft carrier was the largest ship in the world, and the first nuclear-powered aircraft when it was commissioned. It's played a featured role in world conflicts — and Hollywood movies — for more than a half-century. Now it's being retired.
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After Sandy Outages, A Tale Of Two Utilities

Residents of Summit, N.J., waited weeks for the power to return after Superstorm Sandy. That's in stark contrast to the nearby town of Madison, where the lights were on in just a few days. Madison owns its own utility company — and after its shining performance, Summit is weighing the idea, too.

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