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Obama Courts Fla. Seniors, An Important Voting Block

At Century Village in West Palm Beach, Florida, Thursday, President Obama made an appeal to senior citizen voters. It's a group he struggled with in the 2008 election. Seniors make up about a fifth of the state's population, but they comprise nearly a third of registered voters.
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Web Quiz Tells You Which Presidential Candidate Best Fits Your Worldview

An interactive Web quiz purports to show you which presidential candidate's views most line up with yours. It's the creation of two guys who want to encourage more political engagement. The quiz can produce some surprising results.
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When Hyphen Boy Meets Hyphen Girl, Names Pile Up

The practice of hyphenating last names upon marriage was particularly popular in the 1980s and '90s. Now that the "hyphen generation" is marrying and parenting, many couples are struggling with which names to keep, and which to pass down to to their children.
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As Drought Kills Corn, Farmers Fight Over Ethanol

Livestock and chicken farmers say the government's ethanol policy inflates fuel prices and forces them to compete with fuel companies for corn the fuel companies don't even want. This year, gas companies are required to buy 13 billion gallons of ethanol.
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From Rival To Running Mate? Possible For Pawlenty

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is the son of a truck driver, an evangelical Christian, a former presidential candidate, and for months now a loyal surrogate for Republican Mitt Romney. He's also considered a top contender to become Romney's pick for vice president.
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Senate Republicans Block So-Called 'Insourcing' Act

Senate Republicans blocked another business tax cut pushed by President Obama and Democrats on Thursday. Last week it was for small businesses that hire new employees. Thursday's was for companies that bring jobs back to the United States. Republicans argued that it amounted to a tax increase on companies that left jobs overseas.
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Private School Denies Admission To Teen With HIV

A private school in Pennsylvania is denying admission to an HIV positive student. The residential Milton Hershey School says the student would put other children at risk. Now there's a lawsuit against the school and a campaign to boycott Hershey products. The candy company largely bankrolls the school for disadvantaged youth.
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'America's Toughest Sheriff' On Trial In Ariz.

The self-proclaimed "toughest sheriff in America" went on trial Thursday. Audie Cornish talks with Ted Robbins about opening statements in a class-action civil suit against Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

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