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Before Northeast Thaws, Thundersnow Will Roll Through

Weeks of frigid temperatures and snowstorms will give way to warmer weather this week. But first, there's one more round of snow coming through. It's expected to be accompanied by thunder and lightning.
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Woman Arrested For Not Returning Movie Rental

A copy of Monster-In-Law, rented in 2005, is at the center of a story that landed a South Carolina woman in jail for a night. Kayla Michelle Finley, 27, ended up spending a night at the county jail before posting a $2,000 personal recognizance bond and being released.
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Association Warns Of A Possible Clown Shortage

The head of a clown organization told the New York Daily News that clowns "just aren't cool anymore." Rubber noses and rainbow wigs just can't compete for young talent with tech startups and Wall Street.
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California Toasts 2013's Record Wine Grape Harvest

Finally there's some good news out of drought-ravaged California. The state's reporting the largest wine grape harvest on record.
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Democrats Eye Long-Time GOP Seat In Florida Special Election

A special election next month in Florida's 13th Congressional District is being touted as an important preview of the upcoming mid-term races. Polls suggest it's a tight race, and that it will likely turn on which candidate does a better job getting his or her supporters to come out and vote.
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Minnesota Town Seems To Churn Out Olympic Ice Hockey Players

Just six miles from the Canadian border is Warroad. Historian Beth Marvin admits the town is somewhat of an Olympic incubator. Eight U.S. Olympic hockey players have come from Warroad — seven have brought home medals.
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More U.S. Companies Switch To High Deductible Health Plans

Over-all health care cost increases have slowed dramatically, but consumers may not notice it. Many face higher deductibles, co-pays and out-of-pocket maximums as employers' insurance plans try to encourage them to pay more attention to health care costs. One big problem is health care price information is often not available.
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High School Students Are Invited To Try Curling

Curling is one of the slowest and safest of the Olympic sports. You can do it until you're 80. In fact, the oldest American to ever participate in the Winter Olympics was a curler. So why is a world famous curler recruiting teenagers?
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Black Market Tobacco Sales Hurt New York Businesses

Drug store giant CVS has announced it will stop selling tobacco products later this year. Industry watchers say other drug store chains may follow CVS's lead. What does that change mean for New York City's bodegas, newsstands and other small shops?
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Mayor Wants To Drive Horse-Drawn Carriages Out Of NYC

Carriage drivers say many of their horses have been rescued from abusive situations; animal rights activists argue that the rides are inherently inhumane. Now, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to replace the horses — with vintage electric cars.

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