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Government Shutdown Delays Rocket Launch

The blastoff of the Minotaur I, operated by Orbital Sciences Corp., has been pushed back after preparations were put on hold during the government hiatus.
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Toyota Recalls 800,000 Vehicles Because...Spiders?

Toyota is recalling more than 800,000 vehicles because of spontaneously inflating airbags caused by spider webs.
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Gay Couples Tie Knot In New Jersey As Christie Backs Down

New Jersey became the 14th state to allow same-sex marriage Monday when gay couples began marrying just after midnight. A state judge forced the state to recognize same-sex marriages. Initially, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie appealed that ruling. But he dropped that appeal Monday, saying the New Jersey Supreme Court had already made clear how it would rule.
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Volkswagen Union Opposed By Tennessee Republican Officials

At auto plants, the tension is typically between the workers and the management. But not at Volkswagen in Chattanooga, where it's Republican officials who are trying to stand in the way. One of them is the Tennessee governor, who says a unionized plant might discourage other companies from coming to his state.
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Shooting At Nev. Middle School Leaves Two Dead, Two Wounded

At least two people were killed and two wounded following a shooting at a middle school in Sparks, Nev., early Monday morning.
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Gritty Camden, NJ, Old-School Tactics And New Tech Cut Crime

A new crime-fighting strategy is showing early signs of hope in one New Jersey city. Camden has long been known as the home of intense poverty and crime. But since a new police force started walking the streets a few months ago, violent crime has dropped and many residents and officials say things are finally getting better.
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Small Kentucky Town Makes High Tech Glass Amid Bucolic Farmland

The small farming town of Harrodsburg, Ky., is the home of Willow Glass, thin and flexible, soon to find it's way into the marketplace. It's made by Corning in the same plant that developed Gorilla Glass, the protective cover for Apple's iPhone, and now used by more than thirty other makers of personal devices.
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At A Younger Age, Mormon Women Are Eager To Share Their Faith

A year after the Mormon Church lowered the minimum age for female missionaries from 21 to 19, a quarter of all missionaries are now women. The female missionaries might be helping the church's message reach a more diverse population.
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The HealthCare.gov 'Tech Surge' Is Racing Against The Clock

The Obama administration is sending in computer engineers from inside and outside government to fix the ongoing problems with HealthCare.gov. But the Affordable Care Act's legal deadlines mean that the programmers will be racing against the clock.
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Kansas Farmers Commit To Taking Less Water From The Ground

Water from the Ogallala Aquifer is withdrawn about six times faster than rain or rivers can recharge it. Now, a group of farmers in one part of northwestern Kansas has agreed to pump 20 percent less water out of the aquifer over the next five years.

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