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Phone Home: Tech Draws Parents, College Kids Closer

College students often contact their parents twice a day, seven days a week, and they are not always asking for money. Communications technology — including texting, email and social media — has changed the relationship among parents, students and universities.
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Chicago Pits Quieter, But Traders' Outcries Linger

Thirty years ago, shouting, sweating traders thronged the trading pits of Chicago's exchange markets in barely controlled chaos. Today, a lot of the trading has left the pits and gone electronic, leaving Chicago's trading pits tamer places.
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Is GOP Excitement Waning For V.P. Nominee Ryan?

Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan launched a bus tour of the battleground state of Ohio Monday. Mitt Romney joins Ryan Tuesday. The two are meeting up as questions are being raised about the campaign's use of Ryan, who was expected to add policy heft to the ticket.
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Obama, Romney To Address Clinton Global Initiative

It's another week in the spotlight for former President Bill Clinton. On Tuesday, both President Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney will address the Clinton Global Initiative. The latest polls show Obama's numbers dropping on foreign policy. Romney is trying to exploit that weakness.
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Discover To Refund $200 Million To Customers

Discover has agreed to refund customers over claims it engaged in deceptive marketing practices over the phone. The company allegedly got customers to unwittingly pay for add-on services they never ordered. Discover says it's not admitting any wrongdoing with this agreement.
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Akin Faces Another Deadline To Leave Senate Race

Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin is launching a bus tour across Missouri. He's the congressman whose controversial comments about rape led to calls that he drop out of the race. Tuesday is the last day for Akin to remove himself from the ballot. He's made clear he's in the race to stay, but Akin has an uphill fight to unseat Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill.
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Romney Thwacks Obama For Calling Libya And Other Hot Spots 'Bumps'

GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney tried to raise doubts about President Obama's handling of foreign policy. The Obama campaign responded by accusing Romney of trying to politically exploit the deaths of four Americans in Libya.
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As Polls Show Romney Trailing In Swing States, Obama Edges Towards 270 Goal

The race for the White House is not over. But with 6 weeks to go, Mitt Romney still trails in key battleground states he must win if he is to defeat President Obama.
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Record Number Of Early Votes Expected Ahead Of Election Day

Tuesday marks six weeks until Election Day, but registered voters in two dozen states are already able to cast a ballot for president.

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