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Advice Columnist Couldn't Reveal His Secret ... Until Now

Advice and etiquette columnist Steven Petrow has long helped readers navigate sticky situations, especially involving LGBT relations. But for years, he kept a troubling secret about his childhood.
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Bayer Will Buy Merck Consumer Unit For $14.2 Billion

German drug company Bayer makes a deal with U.S.-based Merck & Co. The purchase includes brands such as Claritin, Coppertone and Dr. Scholl's.
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Medicare Pays For Alzheimer's Screening, But Do You Want To Know?

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says there's not enough evidence to know if routine testing for cognitive impairment in older people helps or hurts. So patients have to decide on their own.
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This Could Be The Year Iowa Sends Its First Woman To Congress

Iowa and Mississippi share a dubious distinction: They're the only two states that have never sent a woman to Congress or elected one as governor.
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New Report Finds Climate Change Already Having Broad Impact

A report overseen by the government finds climate change is causing more frequent heat waves, floods and droughts. The change, the study concludes, is also disrupting key parts of the economy.
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U-2 Spy Plane Disrupted Hundreds Of Flights, FAA Acknowledges

After the plane's altitude was misinterpreted, efforts to route airliners around it over California created havoc. The U-2 was reportedly flying at 60,000 feet, but computers thought it was far lower.
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Judge Rules Mo. Man Won't Have To Serve 13-Year Prison Term

In 2000, Mike Anderson was convicted for his role in a robbery. Due to a clerical error, he was never told to report to prison. After 13 years, the state found its mistake.
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Survey Assesses How Well College Graduates Are Doing In Life

The Gallup poll done with Purdue University researchers measures graduates' personal and professional well-being. The idea is that the college experience plays a part in determining that outcome.
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Lost Dog Reunited With New Jersey Family

After Superstorm Sandy, the James family searched for Reckless for months. They went to the dog shelter last week to adopt a new pet, and there was Reckless in the first cage.
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Poll: Prestigious Colleges Won't Make You Happier In Life Or Work

A Gallup survey suggests the factors that should be guiding decisions on selecting a college are not selectivity or prestige, but cost of attendance, great teaching and deep learning — in that order.

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