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Prison Could Jumpstart Old N.H. Mill Town

After nearly a decade of severe economic decline, good fortune may finally be shining down on Berlin, N.H. A federal prison is set to open there in the next few months. That means $20 million will start washing into this city devastated by the collapse of the pulp-and-paper-mill industry. Residents and business owners say this Christmas is going to be a little bit brighter.
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High Rates Of Pepper Spraying In Ala. School District

Pepper spraying has been in the news recently with images of police dousing Occupy protestors. But one school district in Birmingham, Ala., apparently leads the nation with police pepper spraying students.
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'PolitiFact' Faces Criticism From Liberals

Fact-checking sites like PolitiFact referee assertions by politicians, public figures and pundits. The fact-checking movement has been gaining momentum — and fans. But PolitiFact has come under fire after announcing its "Lie of the Year": a claim by some Democrats and liberals about a House Republican plan to change Medicare.
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Procrastinators' Paradise: A Busy Week For Shipping

In one FedEx warehouse, workers sift and sort through 166 packages per minute on long conveyor belts. More online retailers are offering later-guaranteed arrivals than ever. It's a procrastinator's paradise — even for the facility's manager, who says he hasn't started Christmas shopping yet.
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Suburbs Brace For Kansas City Students

Kansas City, Mo., schools are losing their accreditation on Jan. 1. Missouri law allows students from unaccredited districts to enroll for free in nearby school systems, so the suburban districts outside Kansas City are bracing for an influx of students.
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In New Hampshire, Romney Aims For Common Touch, With Mixed Results

As his bus tour continued, Mitt Romney won an endorsement from former President George H.W. Bush. He pumped his own gas and talked about buying a horse. Also, he spoke French.
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Pentagon: U.S., Pakistan Share Blame In Shooting

The Pentagon says that poor communication, faulty map information and a lack of trust all contributed to the Nov. 26 shooting that killed 24 Pakistani troops along the border with Afghanistan.

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