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Worst Since Nixon? Report Slams White House Leak Policy

The Committee to Protect Journalists, an independent nonprofit that defends press freedom, delivers a sharp critique of the Obama administration's "war on leaks and other efforts to control information."
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At Global Gathering, Many Worry About U.S. Strength

At the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C., many foreign economists and finance ministers are dismayed by the political battles that they say threaten U.S. economic strength and stability.
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Shutdown Takes A Toll On GOP In Virginia Governor's Race

Republican Ken Cuccinelli had been trailing Democrat Terry McAuliffe by a few points in the polls before the partial government shutdown. But since then, McAuliffe's lead has clearly widened in a state that's home to many federal employees.
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View Of Snowden's Exile Life As He Gets Whistle-Blower Award

On Thursday, we saw the first image of former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden since he was granted temporary asylum in Russia in August. He's shown in a photograph taken in Moscow getting an award for being a whistle-blower. Melissa Block talks to one of the fellow whistle-blowers who gave him the award, Thomas Drake, from Moscow to get a glimpse of Snowden's life of exile in Russia.
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Billionaire's Gift Reopens Some Head Start Programs

Melissa Block speaks with Dora Jones, director of the Cheaha Regional Head Start in Talladega, Alabama, to gauge the effect of a recent $10 million private donation to the National Head Start Association.
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Electric Football, Invented In 1948, Still Alive And Buzzing

There's a cult following for the game that most of America threw out when video games came along. It's more competitive than ever. And in the eyes of some, it's art.
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More Meetings But No Deal Yet On Debt Ceiling, Shutdown

President Obama met this afternoon with Senate Republicans. There's no agreement yet but the parties appear to be working towards a deal to raise the federal debt limit and re-open the government.
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Why A Peanut Butter Test For Alzheimer's Might Be Too Simple

Researchers at the University of Florida are suggesting that the smell test could determine whether someone is in the early stages of Alzheimer's. But the discovery comes with caveats and lots of skepticism about how useful a test it would really be.
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McDonald's President Was Caught Off Guard By Low-Wage, Single Mom

McDonald's USA President Jeff Stratton has been criticized on social media for his videotaped response to an employee who confronted him and complained that she doesn't make enough to feed her kids. But a spokeswoman for the company says McDonald's has a long history of promoting from within.
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What's In That Chicken Nugget? Maybe You Don't Want To Know

Doctors in Mississippi dissected the nuggets from two national fast-food chains and discovered that they're only 50 percent meat — at best. Chicken nuggets may be the crispy finger-food favorite of many a young child, but at least in their samples, "chicken" might be a misnomer, the researchers say.

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