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Record Low Interest Rates Raise Inflation Concerns

The Federal Reserve plans to keep short-term interest rates near zero until 2014, about 18 months longer then planned. Rates have already been low for several years, and there's much debate about the benefits and costs of the Fed's policies — including the message it sends that the economy's recovery is slower than expected.
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Skipping Michigan And Arizona, Gingrich Has Georgia (And Trees) On His Mind

Newt Gingrich skipped Tuesday's primary states of Michigan and Arizona to spend time in a place he knows well — and which votes in a week — Georgia.
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Ron Paul Celebrates A Leap Day Birthday — His Wife's

Ron Paul ignored the primaries in Arizona and Michigan Tuesday night and took his campaign to Virginia, where only he and Mitt Romney are on the March 6 ballot.
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Romney Wins Michigan Primary In Close Contest

Mitt Romney has won Arizona and, in a close race, his home state of Michigan. But the narrow win there over Rick Santorum may do little to help Romney's chances in upcoming primary states where his poll numbers have already been weak.
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Dental Visits To ERs Are On The Rise

More than 800,000 visits to hospital emergency rooms in 2009 were for toothaches and other avoidable dental ailments. In hard times, states often cut Medicaid's dental benefits, pushing low-income patients from the dentist's office to the emergency room.
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Senate's Snowe To Retire, Boosting Democrats' Bid To Keep Control

Maine elbowed its way onto the national political stage with the surprising news that Sen. Olympia Snowe, the 65-year old, three-term moderate Republican senator, won't run for re-election. From a statement she issued, it appears Washington's partisan bickering just got kind of old for the senator. The news was immediately perceived as a serious setback to GOP hopes to gain Senate control.
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Found Time: How To Spend The 24 Hours Of Leap Day

An extra day. How will you use it? Here are 24 ideas. None of them takes longer than an hour. And if you don't have time to get to everything on the list, don't worry. Maybe in 2016.
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Sailing On Ice? Yeah, That's A Sport.

Imagine racing over a frozen lake on a wind-powered sled, hitting speeds that top 40 miles an hour. That's what ice sailors all around the world do just about anywhere water freezes. But in the U.S., Lake Champlain has emerged as one of the country's best ice sailing venues.

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