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Bipartisan Negotiators Unveil Budget To Avoid January Shutdown

The deal hammered out by GOP Rep. Paul Ryan and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray would restore $65 billion in sequestration cuts in exchange for cuts elsewhere and additional fees.
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Woman Pleads Guilty To Mailing Ricin To Obama, Bloomberg

Ex-actress Shannon Guess Richardson, who had minor roles on The Walking Dead and The Blind Side, says that she tried to frame her estranged husband for the tainted letters.
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Congressional Work On Farm Bill Likely To Spill Into 2014

Without a farm bill, dairy policy will revert to 1949 law, and wholesale milk prices could double. But the Senate Agriculture Committee chairwoman says she expects a bill to pass in January, in time to avert a spike in milk prices.
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Popular Antacids Increase The Risk Of B-12 Deficiency

All medications come with risks, and one of the risks with popular heartburn medicines seems to be that they interfere with the absorption of vitamin B-12. That can cause troubling symptoms, from anemia and depression to dementia.
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Missing Couple, Four Kids Found Safe In Nevada Mountains

The family had gone to an abandoned mining town in northern Nevada to play in the snow and didn't return. They faced subzero temperatures.
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Is Obama-Castro Handshake A Step Toward U.S.- Cuba Thaw?

President Obama shook hands with Cuban President Raul Castro at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela Tuesday. It is believed to be the first handshake between leaders of the two countries since President Clinton greeted Raul's brother Fidel Castro at a U.N. meeting in 2000.
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St. Paul, Minn., Preps Break Record For Largest Snowball Fight

Seattle broke the Guinness World Record for largest snowball fight in January with 5,834 participants. St. Paul, Minn., hopes to top that next month during its Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival. For more, Melissa Block speaks with Joe Alton, a project manager for the carnival and its snowball-fight organizer.
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Texas Ice Storm Plus Sand, Traffic Equals 'Cobblestone Ice'

The cold snap that hammered Dallas five days ago is still creating problems. Thousands of people remain without power. Some truckers remain trapped at rest stops. And an unusual phenomenon called "cobblestone ice" is hampering crews from de-icing interstate bridges, overpasses and off-ramps.
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New Orleans' Rat Fighters Go Beyond Baiting Traps

Since Hurricane Katrina, the hated rodents have flourished in piles of trash and blighted buildings. But when simply setting traps didn't work, city officials decided to take a more methodical approach to rat control. They're attacking the problems that invite the rats — and they're winning.
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To Get Olympic Snow, Machines Give Nature A Nudge

The 2014 Winter Olympics will unfold in a resort town on the relatively warm Black Sea — a testament to how far man-made snow has come in recent years. The strategy to supply snow includes a massive system of more than 550 machines — plus insulated blankets to protect piles of already-made white stuff.

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