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DirectTV, Viacom Battle Over Distribution Fees

Nearly 20 million subscribers of the country's largest satellite TV provider are unable to watch dozens of channels. DirecTV ordered the blackout after its distribution agreement with Viacom ended.
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Nightly Glass Of Wine May Protect Boomer Women's Bones

A small study in the journal Menopause says moderate drinking slows bone loss in baby boomer women. Researchers saw fewer signs of bone breakdown in the blood of women in their early 50s and 60s who consumed up to 1 1/2 drinks a day.
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New Online Users Have A Longer Timeline

For the first time, more than half of adults 65 and older are using the Internet. Pew Center data shows that trend really picked up in the past year, particularly with help from offline outreach to senior citizens. Besides, few grandparents can resist a wall full of family pictures.
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Fake Pot Is A Real Problem For Regulators

State and local governments have struggled to control synthetic drugs, which they call dangerous and unregulated. A new federal law might help — but as soon as a synthetic is banned, the makers often just tweak their recipe to conform with the law.
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Waste Not, Want Not: Town To Tap Sewers For Energy

Officials in Brainerd, Minn., say the sewers below the city streets are a huge potential source of energy that could be used for heating and cooling. A local company has devised a system to capture the energy, and city officials plan to hook up the police station by the end of the year.
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Arizona Immigration Activists Mobilize Latino Vote

Maricopa County, Ariz., which for years has been ground zero in the debate over immigration, is now the center of an interesting trend. Undocumented immigrants inspired by the state's tough immigration law are among those mobilizing Latino citizens to vote in the November presidential election.
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To Beat Odds, Poor Single Moms Need Wide Safety Net

Poverty among single mothers is an astounding 66 percent in Reading, Pa., where Jennifer Stepp is raising three children by herself. To survive, Stepp relies on a safety net of support from the government, charities, family and friends. Without help, the odds are stacked against her and her family.

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