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Pentagon Remains Big Target In Likely Budget Cuts

Although a fiscal cliff was narrowly prevented at the beginning at the year, there's another budget deadline approaching. If Congress doesn't act, billions in automatic budget cuts will slice military spending, possibly hurting contractors and some personnel.
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Carrot Juice Instead Of Coke? USDA Proposes New School Snack Rules

The proposed rules would limit snacks to a maximum of 200 calories and promote options like fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Experts say this many fewer calories each day, over years, can add up to big calorie savings.
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For Some Donors, Boy Scouts' Ban On Gays Doesn't Add Up

The organization's decision to revisit its national ban on openly gay members and leaders next week comes at a time of increased opposition from local scouting groups, a steady decline in membership, and a loss of financial support.
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Why Steven Chu Was One Of Obama's Most Intriguing Choices

Of all the individuals in President Obama's first-term Cabinet, Energy Secretary Steven Chu was arguably the least likely to be found in official Washington. And now that the Nobel Prize-winning physicist is leaving government, there are a few reasons that understanding his legacy might take some time.
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Pennsylvania Outdoor Sports Show Caught In Gun Debate Cross Hairs

The fight over the Second Amendment could cost Pennsylvania businesses more than $40 million in lost revenue thanks to the postponement of one of the nation's largest hunting and fishing shows. Event organizers had banned the display of legal assault weapons, leading several vendors to boycott it.
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Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch Oversaw City's Renaissance

New York City residents are remembering one of their most colorful mayors. Ed Koch served the city for three terms in the 70s and 80s, an era when New York was plagued by fiscal problems, crime, and the AIDS epidemic. He didn't disappear when he was voted out of office. With his radio show and a stint as a TV judge, he became almost a stereotype of New York's brash, tell-it-like-it-is personality.
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Former Football Player Jim Brown Among The Game's Best Running Backs

Jim Brown is a hall of fame running back who terrorized defenses. In fact, many consider him to be the best running back ever.
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As Clinton Bows Out, Analysts Debate Her Influence On Foreign Policy

Friday was Hillary Clinton's final day at the State Department. As her staff bid farewell, many analysts are wondering what kind of lasting impact she's had on U.S. foreign policy. In an interview, Clinton says it was important for the U.S. to "again assume a leadership position that was in concert with our values." She says she helped repair frayed alliances and brought some longer term issues to the forefront including the role of women, climate change and Internet freedoms. "There is nothing fast or easy about diplomacy," she says.

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