It's the season of the Polar Bear Plunge, when many Americans take a challenge to leap into icy water. If they can find cold water. In Rehoboth Beach, Del., people leaped into ocean water that was 47 degrees — the warmest on record.
Some of the nation's finest chefs spent a recent weekend at the Culinary Institute of America in New York competing in a cooking challenge. The winner goes on to represent the United States at the Bocuse d'Or in France next year. No American has ever come close to winning that contest.
In New Mexico, state lawmakers are figuring out what to do with a budget surplus. Republicans want to give some of the money to businesses, in the form of tax breaks. Democrats want to restore some of the cuts to services made over the last three years.
The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation is fighting to keep controversy from undermining its fundraising efforts. Komen spends tens of millions of dollars for cancer research, education and screening. But that spending was criticized long before the current flap over its Planned Parenthood grants.
Hoping to continue a conversation about inequality started by the Occupy Wall Street movement, a recently tested ad by the AFL-CIO doesn't mention unions. Instead, it focuses on a "Work Connects Us All" theme.
Before the recession, Idaho had one of the fastest growing economies in the country. But last year, its jobless rate peaked at nearly 10 percent. That number has begun to creep down – but many workers in the state are still struggling to replace the jobs they've lost.
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