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Boeing Says It Will Close Wichita Plant That Employs 2,160 Workers

The Boeing Corp. says it will shut down the company's Wichita facility, which specializes in maintaining and modifying its commercial planes for military or government use. The plant, which has 2,160 employees, is slated to close by the end of 2013.
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The Tuba Takes Its Spotlight In Mexican Bandas

Traditional Mexican music, known as 'banda,' has been popular in Southern California for decades. And now, the tuba has gone from carrying the bass line in the back of the band, to stepping out front and leading dance trains. Host Michel Martin speaks with musician Jesse Tucker and Sam Quinones, who's been reporting on the so-called tuba revolution.
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After Bruising Loss In Iowa, Bachmann Bows Out

Michele Bachmann's hopes had been pinned on doing well in the Hawkeye State, where last summer she briefly soared in state polls and, in mid-August, won the Iowa Republican Party's presidential straw poll in Ames.
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When 'Budget' Foods Start To Eat Away At The Wallet

The cost of budget-friendly foods like ground beef, potatoes, and eggs soared 10 percent over the past year, pinching household budgets even harder. Blame bad weather, export competition, and the fact that more people are cooking at home to save money. This year may be a bit better, but not much.
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Bishop Resigns After He Acknowledges Fathering Two Children

A Catholic bishop in California has resigned his post after revealing in December that he has two teenage children, who live in another state.
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Not Everyone Is Basking In Iowa's Afterglow

The field of GOP challengers narrowed a day after the caucuses as Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann said she was ending her 2012 presidential bid. Meanwhile, Texas Gov. Rick Perry went home to regroup after his poor showing in the Cornhusker State.
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Man Uses iPad, Not Passport, To Gain Entry To U.S.

A Canadian man has been making headlines because he used an image of his passport saved on his iPad — instead of the official document itself — to cross the U.S.-Canadian border two times.
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Confident Romney, Bolstered Santorum Head To N.H.

Backers of Mitt Romney say the former Massachusetts governor's campaign is built "to go all the way." With money, organization and the advantage of competing on his home turf, Romney still holds an enormous edge over Rick Santorum.
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Calories Trump Protein For Weight Loss

People on low-protein diets pack on more fat compared to people who eat normal amounts of protein, a new study concludes. This is bad for health, even if the low-protein folks don't put on as many pounds. Eating more protein may make it easier to keep weight off.
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Teen Sleeps Through Stop On Southwest Airlines

Erik McBee, 15, faced a test of his survival skills. He was traveling on Southwest Airlines, and fell asleep. He slept through the landing at his destination, Tulsa. KPHO TV says he woke up in St. Louis with no contacts, no money and no phone.

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