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Brooklyn Bridge Celebrates 129 Years

When it opened 129 years ago, the Brooklyn Bridge claimed to be the longest suspension bridge in the world. It's completion in 1883, kicked off what's dubbed "New York's Golden Age of Bridges."
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Will A Golf Course Save Benton Harbor's Economy?

The Whirlpool Corp., the largest home appliance maker in the world, wants to improve its hometown of Benton Harbor, Mich. Executives are leveraging a PGA-approved golf course to try to turn the city into a tourist destination. But many residents aren't convinced becoming a tourist town is the best way to create jobs.
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In Tight Credit Market, A Tool For Small Businesses

Many small-business owners have had a tough time securing credit since the start of the economic downturn. "I couldn't understand why they wouldn't be willing to give us a loan," one owner says. A new website aims to help such owners, grading banks based on the percentage of deposits that are used for small-business loans.
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Walk This Way: Crossing The Golden Gate Bridge

On May 27, 1937, San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge opened, connecting bustling San Francisco to sleepy Marin County to the north. The Oakland-Bay Bridge had opened six months earlier — but the Golden Gate was an engineering triumph. And on its first day, thousands of people walked across it.
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The Day Taps Echoed Through Belgium's Hills

During World War II, Harrison Wright served with the Army in Europe. And as he recalls during a visit to StoryCorps with his grandson, he was sent on a very special assignment to mark the end of the war.
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Dispatchers' CPR Coaching Saves Lives When Every Minute Counts

Your chances of surviving a sudden heart attack may depend on where you live, in part because of the 911 dispatcher. If a dispatcher gives CPR instructions over the phone, the rate of survival goes up. There's now a push to make it universal, but some cities are slow to implement the necessary training.
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Former Massey Coal Mines Targeted In Massive Inspection Blitz

Dozens of federal mine safety inspectors descended into 43 coal mines in three Appalachian states Wednesday. The mines are now owned by Alpha Natural Resources, which absorbed Massey Energy after a 2010 mine disaster in West Virginia.

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