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Veterans To Create World's Largest Medical Database

The Department of Veterans Affairs is way ahead of the curve when it comes to electronic medical records, which it's been collecting for 25 years. The Million Veteran Project launched this year is an effort to pair the records with blood samples — which contain DNA — from 1 million veterans.
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Rhode Island Struggles With Pension Overhaul

The state's pension system is $9 billion in the red. It doesn't even have half of the money it needs to pay future retirees. If lawmakers do nothing, it's predicted that in seven years, 20 percent of the state budget will be mailed out in pension checks.
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Penn State Sex Abuse Scandal May Lead To New Laws

After an emotional week of revelations, the Penn State football team took the field on Saturday for the first time without its longtime coach Joe Paterno. A child sex abuse scandal involving a former coach has rocked the campus in State College, Pa.
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Finding The Cure For Pendulum Politics

The dramatic shifts in the election cycle are becoming increasingly common. The recent outcomes in Ohio and Mississippi suggest the electorate isn't completely in line with a party claiming an ideological mandate.
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Mmm, Is That Roast Beef You Smell? No, It's Perfume

Would you wear a perfume that made you smell like "A Day at the Beach?" How about "Baby's Butt?" If so, scent inventor Christopher Brosius can help. His Brooklyn boutique is at the vanguard of the anti-perfume movement.Would you wear a perfume that made you smell like "A Day at the Beach?" How about "Roast Beef," or "Baby's Butt?" If so, scent inventor Christopher Brosius can help. His Brooklyn boutique is at the vanguard of the anti-perfume movement
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Supercommittee Debt Deal Appears Elusive

Texas Rep. Jeb Hensarling, the Republican co-chair of the panel in charge of slashing the nation's deficit, called the deliberations a "roller-coaster ride." Members are working to bridge their differences over taxes and entitlement programs.
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18-Year-Old Wins Father's Mayoral Seat

A political dynasty is emerging in northern Iowa. This past week, Jeremy Minnier was elected mayor of Aredale, Iowa, as was his father before him. Host Audie Cornish has more.

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