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Baby Names: The Latest Partisan Divide?

There's a real difference in the type of names people give their children in red states as opposed to blue states. It's the opposite of what you might expect.
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Pipe Shop Owner Fights For Free Expression

When Adam Spiegel rolls down the metal security doors at his Medford, Ore., store, a painting becomes visible. Officials told him to clean the graffiti or be fined. He tells the Mail-Tribune it's not graffiti: it's a mural. Some onlookers think the painting resembles a giant bong.
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Columbia University Janitor Graduates With Honors

When Gac Filipaj fled war-torn Yugoslavia in 1992, he became a refugee in New York. He took a janitor's job at Columbia University because it included free tuition. But he first had to learn English. After a dozen years, he received a bachelor's degree in classics over the weekend.
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Unmanned Aircrafts May Revive Ohio City's Economy

The city of Wilmington, Ohio, was economically devastated three years ago after shipper DHL left town, taking with it thousands of jobs. Economic developers in Wilmington now think one way back is to embrace the unmanned vehicle industry. The FAA recently gave the Air Force permission to test UAVs at the largely vacant Wilmington Air Park.
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Presbyterians Have Varied Views On Gay Marriage

Twenty years ago, few Americans approved of homosexuality or thought gay marriage should be legal. Now, nearly half of all Americans support same-sex marriage, though most Christians are still opposed to it.
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South Dakota Tries To Avoid Oil Boom's Downside

The oil boom in western North Dakota has sparked a massive migration. Communities that struggled to keep people are now tripling in size as workers from all over seek their fortunes. In South Dakota, officials say there's oil in their state too. But before drillers head toward Mount Rushmore and the Black Hills, North Dakota's experience is being watched closely.
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Budget Woes Could Close Philly's Problem Schools

Philadelphia's school district plans to close a quarter of its school buildings in coming years to eliminate a huge budget hole. But parents and activists don't trust the decision-makers. Many of them suspect the plan is a ruse to force charter schools and privatization on the district.

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