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Pennsylvania Museum Details State's First Oil Rush

Pennsylvania is in the midst of an energy boom — but oil and gas drilling isn't new to the Keystone State. In fact, the world's very first oil well was drilled in northwestern Pennsylvania. The recently-renovated Drake Well Museum tells the story of the first oil rush.
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FDA Weighs Federal Standard To Limit Exposure To Arsenic In Rice

Levels of inorganic arsenic found in rice worry some, but the FDA says more study is needed before it would recommend consumers change their diets. If you're worried, vary the grains in your diet and swap out sweet potatoes for rice as baby's first food, consumer groups say.
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Smoke Cleared, Texas Gun Owners Remain Wary

Texas was once the center of the movement to safeguard gun rights. Today, nearly every fight has been won in the state, and indeed around the country. While gun owners in East Texas celebrate and cherish their rights, they remain distrustful.
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Obama Has 8-Point Lead In Pew Poll; Big Advantage With Women, Blacks, Young

Obama's lead at this point in the race is "stronger than the last three winning presidential candidates," says Pew's president. Only Bill Clinton, running in both 1992 and 1996, had bigger leads in mid-September.
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Welfare Wasn't Always A Dirty Word In The Romney Family

Mitt Romney's mother, Lenore, once cited her husband's childhood on welfare as a reason Michigan voters should trust the car company executive to be their governor. It's worth taking a look at now that her presidential candidate son has gotten into trouble with his "47 percent" remark.
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What The Chicago Strike Taught Teachers Unions

The strike in Chicago, the nation's third-largest school district, raises questions about teachers unions nationwide. Jane Hannaway, vice president of the American Institutes for Research, and Andrew Rotherham, co-founder of Bellwether Education, explain how different teachers unions work.

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