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Newspaper Endorsements: Prized, But Often Ignored

Voters say they put little to no stock in the editorials, even when they fervently agree with those endorsements. That's reflective of newspapers' status in many markets. But one Republican expert says a newspaper endorsement can be effective at persuading undecided voters.
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Could U.S. Produce Enough Oil To Rival Saudi Arabia?

An oil boom, spurred in large part by hydraulic fracturing, could boost U.S. production next year to more than 11 million barrels a day, which would nearly equal Saudi Arabia's current output, according to Energy Department projections. The spurt is expected to boost U.S. energy jobs.
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Data Linking Aspartame To Cancer Risk Are Too Weak To Defend, Hospital Says

We drink a lot of diet soda in this country, so when researchers disavowed a study linking aspartame to rare cancers just before publication, we took notice. The whole issue illustrates what makes scientific studies so confusing to the public. We'll keep you posted on this.
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As World Series Begins, Detroit Catches Tigers Fever

In a city teetering on the edge of financial collapse, people have one championship-contending bright spot: The Detroit Tigers hope to gain the World Series title that has eluded them since 1984 and once again have the kind of citywide celebration locals still talk about today.
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3 Ballot Measures Would OK Pot Beyond Medicine

This November, three states will vote on ballot initiatives to legalize marijuana for recreational use. The legalization effort is getting support from U.S. attorneys and a Republican candidate for Senate. Some of the most intense opposition is coming from earlier legalization pioneers.
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Romney Faces Challenges In Nevada

Republican nominee Mitt Romney campaigned in Nevada on Wednesday.
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New Home Sales At Highest Level In Over Two Years

Some recent numbers suggest housing industry is much better off. New home sales were up 5.7 percent in September, 27 percent higher than last year's levels. That comes on the heels of some other promising numbers out last week on construction activity.
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Indiana Senate Hopeful Under Fire For Rape Comment

Women's issues were back front and center in politics on Wednesday after Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock said in a debate Tuesday night that when a rape results in pregnancy "it is something that God intended to happen." Democrats pounced and Mitt Romney distanced himself from the remarks. But the Romney campaign did not ask Mourdock to pull down a TV ad Romney taped for him. Mourdock is in a tight race with Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly in an overall fierce contest for control of the U.S. Senate.
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Crooks Target Barnes And Noble's PIN Pad Devices

Hackers stole credit card information from Barnes and Noble customers last month. Audie Cornish speaks with Kim Zetter, senior reporter for Wired magazine, about the security breach, and why point of sale systems are growing vulnerable to security threats.

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