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Lindsey Vonn Is Out, But Some Advertisers May Still Win

Alpine skier Lindsey Vonn's decision to withdraw from the 2014 Winter Olympics could mean big changes for companies that were planning to capitalize on her name — and on her potential wins. But some of Vonn's sponsors may find her announcement actually opens new advertising opportunities.
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For Bernard Madoff's Victims, A Massive Settlement Of Their Own

Robert Siegel interviews Irving Picard, the Madoff Bankruptcy Trustee, and David Sheehan, Picard's Chief Counsel and a partner at BakerHostetler. The attorneys represented those who were defrauded in Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme. On Tuesday, the attorneys announced two settlements to recover approximately $543 million for Madoff's victims.
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Some Of New York's Finest Are Embroiled In Fraud

In New York City, 80 police officers and fire fighters are facing fraud charges. They're accused of a massive scheme to defraud the Social Security Administration. The scheme ran for over a decade and allegedly cost US taxpayers millions of dollars in false claims.
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Republicans Pipe In About Poverty and Inequality

Poverty and income inequality have long been staples of the Democratic Party platform, but they haven't often been high priorities. This year, that appears to be changing, and what's more, some Republicans seem eager to join the conversation.
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LA County Sheriff Retires Amid Controversy

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca announced his retirement today, following a series of scandals that rocked his department. The latest involved federal indictments against 18 current and former deputies. He also faced the first serious challenge to his re-election in years. He will leave office at the end of January.
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JPMorgan Settles With U.S. Government Over Role In Madoff Schemes

JPMorgan Chase has agreed with the U.S. government to settle criminal charges that it failed to report suspicious activity in Bernard Madoff's accounts. The settlement comes to $2.6 billion, but a representative for Madoff's victims says the amount is too small. Madoff bilked investors out of many billions of dollars while JP Morgan Chase was his primary bank.
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Skiing Siblings Hope To Make It To Sochi, Together

Four years ago, cross-country skiers Erik and Sadie Bjornsen tried to make the Olympic team but came up short. This year, one has earned a spot; the other is waiting to find out.
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Across The Country, People Have Been Caught In The Cold

Sub-zero temperatures are breaking records across much of the eastern U.S. In New York City, a 118-year-old record fell. The cold caused flight delays and cancellations, roads were closed due to blowing snow, and 500 Amtrak passengers spent a night in a train in Central Illinois. The cold also brought special attention to those helping the homeless.
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50 Years After Landmark Warning, 8 Million Fewer Smoking Deaths

Back in 1964, people smoked cigarettes at work, in restaurants and in grocery stores. Few would have predicted that a report from the U.S. surgeon general would spark a public health revolution that has increased life expectancy in this country by 30 percent.
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Ex-Defense Secretary Gates Takes Aim At Obama In New Book

In Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War, Robert Gates says the president was unsure the Afghan surge would work and was openly distrustful of military leaders. "I never doubted Obama's support for the troops, only his support for their mission," he writes. The book is scheduled for release Jan. 14.

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