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Youngest Speller Eliminated From Competition

Lori Anne Madison has been eliminated from this week's Scripps National Spelling Bee. At six years old, she's the youngest ever to compete.
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Bloomberg Aims To Take Gulp Out Of Sugary Drinks With Ban On Big Ones

New York City's mayor wants to block sales of sugary drinks larger than 16 fluid ounces. It's his latest idea about making his city healthier. Is it a good one?
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Legislation Could Thwart Return Of Holocaust Art

Many families who lost artwork during the Holocaust have long sought to reclaim their treasures. They could face a new obstacle. Proposed legislation in Congress would protect museums from their claims.
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Black Voters Feel Targeted By Election Restrictions

New voter ID laws and other voting restrictions have been enacted in a number of states since the last major election. And that's raised special concerns among African Americans, who feel they're being targeted. Black church leaders and the Congressional Black Caucus met in Washington Wednesday to find ways African-American voters aren't discouraged from turning out in November.
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Seattle Area Lacks Computer Science Majors

In Seattle alone, there are thousands of computer-related jobs waiting to be filled. But at the University of Washington, the number of bachelor's degrees in computer science is the same now as it was more than a decade ago. A lot of students have been rebuffed in their effort to major in computer science or computer engineering.
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Fire In Belltown, USA Destroys Last Bell Factory

Bevin Brothers Manufacturing Company in East Hampton, Ct., was a fixture in what was known as Belltown USA. Dozens of bell manufacturers used to call it home. But Bevin Bells was the city's last manufacturer until this past weekend when the factory burned down. Owner Matthew Bevin would like to rebuild.
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The Fine Political Art Of Jobs Forecasting

With the government's latest employment numbers due Friday, both President Obama and his GOP challenger, Mitt Romney, are trying to maintain a fine balance in their rhetoric between optimism, pessimism and reality.

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