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This Week's Massive Winter Storm, Seen From Space

On Friday, NASA tweeted a composite image of the storm that has covered large areas of the Midwest and Eastern U.S. with a blanket of snow.
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House GOP Puts Another 'Target' On Obamacare

House Republicans plan to start the year with a vote on legislation to better safeguard the personal data that HealthCare.gov collects. Democrats see it as yet another attempt to undermine the health law, but they also see political risk in voting against more security for sensitive consumer data.
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The NSA's Quantum Code-Breaking Research Is No Secret

So the world's most clandestine spy agency is working on something called a quantum computer. It's based on rules Einstein himself described as "spooky," and it can crack almost any code. That's got to be top-secret stuff, right? Guess again.
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Big Cities See Violent Crime Rates Fall In 2013

Cities across the country saw sharp drops in violent crime rates in 2013. For some big cities, murder rates reached historic lows. The numbers reflect a decades-long decline, which shows that plenty of neighborhoods in urban areas are safe while some remain troubled by violent crime.
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Cities Across Northeast, Midwest Dig Out From Winter Storm

People are digging out after the year's first big winter storm dumped snow and dropped temperatures from Michigan to Maine. Flights were delayed, roads were closed, and several deaths were reported. But most residents seem to feel that it could have been much worse.
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California County Pushes Drugmakers To Pay For Pill Waste

An Alameda County ordinance puts the responsibility for drug disposal squarely on the companies that made the medicines. States and the federal government have considered similar measures, but none has passed.
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'Playboy' Gets Pranked: Group Flips The Script On Sex

A Baltimore-based group is working to change the messages companies are sending about sex. So far, it has created convincing, fake websites pretending to be Playboy and Victoria's Secret — but putting an emphasis on consent.
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Skier Vies For A Spot On Team USA After Breaking Both Legs

Alice McKennis has a metal plate and 11 screws in her leg after breaking it in 30 places in March. She's had other injuries before that, but she says it gives her an edge over the competition. "To make the Olympics is extremely hard," she says, "so it takes a certain kind of toughness."
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Let Them Eat Sandwiches: USDA Eases School Lunch Restrictions

Participation in the school lunch program suffered after USDA restricted the amount of grains and protein that could be served to kids at lunchtime. Now school food directors are applauding the decision to allow more of them back on lunch menus.
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Obama Administration Moves To Alter Gun-Buying Rules

Federal agencies are proposing new rules for handling gun buyers' background checks, in changes the White House says will "keep guns out of potentially dangerous hands." The changes include a clarification of rules barring firearm possession due to mental health problems.

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