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Administration Extends Health Insurance Deadline Again

A midnight deadline to sign up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act that starts Jan. 1 has been extended by a day. The White House describes the extension as an effort to accommodate people in different time zones.
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Target's Troubles Mount After Payment Data Breach

Target is having a rocky holiday season. The retailer faces consumer lawsuits and probes by state prosecutors following the theft of 40 million credit and debit card accounts from customers who shopped at Target in recent weeks.
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How Paternity Leave For New Dads Benefit Women

David Greene talks to Liza Mundy about her article "The Daddy Track." In The Atlantic magazine, she writes about how women benefit when men take paternity leave. Mundy is a program director at the New America Foundation, a non-profit, nonpartisan think tank that focuses on a variety of issues.
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Pastor Leads A New Brand Of Church For 'Sinners And Saints'

Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber, with her short, moussed hair and armloads of religious tattoos, is a bit of a Lutheran rock star at the moment (although the term makes her cringe). Her new book — a memoir on faith and her religious experience — recently made the New York Times best-seller list.
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Congress Is On Pace To Be The Least Productive Ever

From gun control and immigration overhaul to changes to taxes and entitlements, 2013 seemed like a year when big things could accomplished in Congress. Whatever the cause of the logjam, big-ticket items that once seemed possible at the beginning of the year fell by the wayside.
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Air Force's Beloved 'Warthog' Targeted For Retirement

The Air Force says retiring the Cold War-era A-10 could help it balance its budget and focus on developing more versatile aircraft. But the military encounters resistance whenever it tries to mothball any weapon, and the case of the plane known as the Warthog is no exception.
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Tired Of Doom And Gloom? Here's The Best Good News Of 2013

It's easy to get discouraged by a constant stream of bad news about unemployment, crime, war and political dysfunction. You might think we humans can't do anything right. But good news: We can. Here are a few areas of real progress in the U.S. and around the world.
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150 Marines To Be Sent For Possible Mission In South Sudan

The Pentagon says it's sending the Marines for a possible mission to evacuate Americans inside South Sudan, where political and ethnic violence has claimed hundreds of lives and left hundreds of thousands homeless.
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Alabama Blue Cross Shares Obamacare Tax Woes With Customers

Taxes have been part of health plan costs for decades, but they're not usually itemized on customers' bills. But a leading insurer in Alabama has calculated its customers' shares of taxes being paid by the company under the Affordable Care Act.
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Mikhail Kalashnikov, Inventor Of The AK-47, Dead At 94

The inventor of the iconic AK-47 automatic rifle, Mikhail Kalashnikov, has died. Kalashnikov's simple, durable and easily maintained gun became the world's most popular rifle, with more than 100 million in circulation. Kalashnikov was modest about his invention, saying he created it solely for the defense of the motherland. Some analysts say his domination of Soviet and Russia weapons design actually kept the country from entering the modern age of small arms.

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