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In Mock Village, A New Afghan Mission Takes Shape

U.S. forces intend to stay in Afghanistan through 2014. But they are preparing to launch a new approach that would put Afghan troops in the lead when it comes to fighting the Taliban. These American advisers are currently being trained at an Army base in Louisiana.
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To Get Kids To Class, L.A. Softens Its Hard Line

After several years of a punitive approach to school truancy — complete with police sweeps around campuses and fines — Los Angeles is shifting its focus to the root causes of why kids skip school. Critics say the hard-line policies penalized low-income families and failed to improve attendance.
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State Of GOP Race: No Momentum For Candidates

Candidates win one round and then go on to lose the next. Plus, the delegate process has turned the GOP primary into a longer-than-expected campaign. In six days, there will be another set of contests when 10 states vote on Super Tuesday. Ohio is the biggest prize and the biggest test for Mitt Romney.
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Movies' March With The Military As Old As Hollywood

Act of Valor, a film that opened last weekend and earned nearly $25 million, was commissioned by the Navy's Special Warfare Command to drum up recruits for its elite SEALs program. But it's by no means the first movie made with the military's cooperation.
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Evangelicals Still Cool On Romney, Exit Poll Analysis Shows

Evangelical voters remain divided on their support of GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Meanwhile, Rick Santorum receives strong support in some states from evangelicals, while losing a large number of nonevangelical voters.
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Romney Says He Opposes Contraceptive Bill, But His Campaign Says Otherwise

The so-called Blunt bill would would allow employers to decline to provide contraception coverage to women. The candidate initially said, "I'm not for the bill," but a campaign spokewoman said he actually supports it.
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Fannie, Freddie Won't Write Down Mortgage Principal

The nation's five largest mortgage lenders recently pledged to start writing down the principal on mortgages that are underwater. But mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac aren't part of the agreement and don't plan any big changes in the way they do loan modifications.
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Delegate Process Could Make Race A Long(er) Haul

Nearly two months into the GOP primary season, presumed front-runner Mitt Romney hasn't driven away his opponents. Will the GOP presidential nominee be decided before this summer's convention?

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