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Ex-Virginia Gov. McDonnell, Wife Charged With Corruption

At issue are gifts Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, received from a political donor. The 14-count indictment includes conspiracy, wire fraud and other charges.
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Cheese To The Rescue: Surprising Spray Melts Road Ice

Citing definite gains in cost and efficiency, a Wisconsin county used 38,000 gallons of liquid cheese brine on its icy roads last winter. The homegrown product is a "win-win" for a nearby dairy and the county, a transportation official says.

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Obama's Marijuana Remarks Light Up Legalization Debate

Even those who support decriminalizing marijuana were careful not to claim that Obama's remarks had altered the overall political dynamics of the debate.
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'Hispanic' Or 'Latino'? Polls Say It Doesn't Matter — Usually

As more and more politicians and businesses court the Hispanic/Latino demographic, there's more and more confusion about how to refer to the people who fit into it.
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Preventive Medical Care Can Come With Unexpected Costs

Screening tests like mammograms and colonoscopies are supposed to be covered under the Affordable Care Act. But some people are finding that they still end up having to pay for anesthesia and other associated services. And not all insurers are covering all forms of birth control.
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Sen. Vitter Will Run For Governor In Louisiana

The Republican senator confirmed the news Tuesday. He survived a 2007 prostitution scandal to easily win re-election to the Senate three years later. If he fails in his bid to become governor, he could still keep his Senate seat and decide later whether to seek re-election to that post in 2016.
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Can You Really Parent Long Distance?

Parenting is hard enough when the family is under one roof. But what if your children are 300 — or even 3,000 miles away? Guest host Celeste Headlee hears from parents whose work, military service or divorce take them away from their children.
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Falling Unemployment Rate: Are We Delusional About The Economy?

The national unemployment rate has been falling, but economists say the numbers don't tell the whole story. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with Roben Farzad of Bloomberg Businessweek and NPR Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax about why we might be mis-measuring the economy.
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The Hard Truth About Defaulting On Student Loans

Skipping a student loan payment might seem like the easy way out — but it could be more trouble than it's worth. Guest host Celeste Headlee learns more from Sandy Baum at the Urban Institute, who says parents and even grandparents could end up on the hook.
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Why A 'White Guy' Bought A House In Detroit For $500

When Drew Philp bought a house in Detroit for $500, he thought it would take a lot of work to make it livable. But as he was fixing it up, he learned a lot about Detroit and rebuilding a city. He tells guest host Celeste Headlee about the experience.

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