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Wis. State Senator Connects Her Politics To Her Past

Jessica King's political views are rooted in her first-hand experience with social services, having grown up as a ward of the state. She was swept into office during the wave of special recall votes in Wisconsin, and says her constituents are fed up with obstructionism in Washington.
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Are Independents Just Partisans In Disguise?

Psychology explains why people don't always do what they intend to do. Can it explain why many independents vote along partisan lines?
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Where Cyclists Once Rode, Ghost Bikes Stand Vigil

When a bicyclist is killed by a car, the tragedy is sometimes marked by fellow cyclists with memorials known as "ghost bikes." Cyclists sand, repaint and decorate the bikes before installing them at crash sites as a sort of roadside shrine.

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Study To Test 'Talking' Cars That Would Warn Drivers Of Unseen Dangers

Some day, your car might be able to "talk" to other cars and traffic signals. In this brave new world, wireless devices will alert drivers to traffic jams, dangers ahead and even take control of the vehicle from the driver to avert a collision. In Ann Arbor today, the largest real-world test of connected vehicles was launched.
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Boston Plans For 'Near-Term Risk' Of Rising Tides

In Boston, scientists are predicting that climate change will lead to dramatic sea level rise, and more frequent flooding, around the city. Officials are studying the potential impact on roads and sewers and are asking waterfront developers to plan for increased flooding.
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GOP Platform Anti-Abortion Language Includes No Exceptions For Rape, Incest

The Republican Party's platform committee on Tuesday adopted the same anti-abortion language it included in GOP platforms in 2004 and 2008. It seeks passage of a constitutional amendment that would essentially ban abortion. The language includes no exceptions for rape or incest.

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Biden And Ryan Share Faith, But Not Worldview

The views of vice presidential candidates Joe Biden and Paul Ryan are strikingly different, but both espouse the same Catholic faith and are reaching out to Christian voters. Their views, which represent opposite wings of their religion, are a reflection of the growing divide among Catholics.

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