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Democrats Seek Cure For GOP Obamacare Attacks

Democrats are countering Republican attacks on the Affordable Care Act by promising to fix the broken parts and embracing the most popular provisions in the law.
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U.S. Olympic Committee Plans To Examine Speedskating's Woes

The U.S. skaters' hopes, bolstered by wins in the recent World Cup season, were quickly dashed in Russia. U.S. organizers say they'll find out why — and they don't think it's the team's racing suits.
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Babies Who Eat Too Well May Be On The Path To Obesity

Do pushy parents make a baby fatter, or is it all in the genes? That's one of the big puzzles that scientists are trying to answer. Two studies suggest that an individual's interest in food is a big factor, even in babies. A genetic predisposition may be involved.
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Order Up! Food Businesses Find An Appetite For Bitcoin

From a Subway sandwich shop to a Peruvian chicken food truck, customers have a growing number of options for satisfying their hunger with bitcoins. For food vendors, accepting the virtual currency offers substantial financial benefits — and risks, too.
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House Candidates Outpace Senate Contenders In Money Haul

House candidates typically raise more money overall than Senate hopefuls, but the gap this year is unusually wide. Why? There's no single answer, but there are lots of clues.
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Florida's 'Santa Claus' Of Speeding Tickets Gets Clipped

The small town of Hampton, Fla., will soon be no more. Lawmakers plan to shut down the town after a disastrous audit, prompted by an excess of speeding tickets, revealed its scandal-ridden history. Robert Siegel speaks with Aaron Deslatte, the Tallahassee Bureau Chief of the Orlando Sentinel.
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Once Neglected, Secretaries Of State Step Into The Spotlight

There was a time when secretaries of state were seen as little more than functionaries. That view changed in 2000's Florida presidential election recount, which starred Katherine Harris. Now, secretaries of state are involved in implementing new state laws that have been making it either easier or harder for non-traditional voters to cast ballots — with decidedly partisan implications.
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IVF Baby Boom: Births From Fertility Procedures Hit New High

Doctors performed more in vitro fertilization procedures and delivered more IVF babies in 2012 than ever before, researchers reported Monday. The rate of multiple births has declined, however, as couples have chosen to use fewer embryos during IVF.
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Soldiers' 'Fun' Photo With Flag-Draped Coffin Sparks Outrage

A soldier from the Wisconsin National Guard posted a photo of herself and other solders joking around. In another photo, she complains about it being too cold for a funeral. Social media have erupted with complaints about disrespect. The soldier's commanders have suspended her and are investigating.
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Obama Wants Tougher Fuel Standards For Big Trucks

Better fuel efficiency for such vehicles is a "win, win, win," the president said. It will help reduce dependency on foreign oil, save drivers' money and cut greenhouse gas emissions. Manufacturers, though, say the standards could make the vehicles more expensive and less safe.

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