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AOL Blames Obamacare For Changes To Retirement Benefits

Tech giant AOL is trimming its employee retirement benefits. It will stop depositing matching funds into employee 401(k) accounts each pay period. Instead it will make one annual lump-sum deposit at the beginning of the year. The company blames costs associated with the Affordable Care Act.
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Post Office Could Rack Up Billions By Offering Money Services

As the U.S. Postal Service continues to lose money, a new report suggests a way to add to its bottom line: offer banklike services, such as a cash card that would allow customers to load their paychecks and pay bills online. The idea is to provide services that are now unavailable in many communities.
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Escaping Forced Prostitution And Leaving The Shame Behind

Barbara Amaya was 12 when she ran away and ended up in the hands of a sex trafficker. When she escaped, she went years without speaking about her ordeal — until her daughter ran away, too.
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In Team Event, Figure Skating Rivals Cheer For Each Other

This is the first Olympics where figure skaters from each country are competing as teams. It's twice the skating, which is great for ratings, but it also means athletes in this individualized sport now have to work together.
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A Legend At The Plate And In The Booth: Ralph Kiner Dies At 91

Ralph Kiner, a home run-hitting Hall of Famer who starred for the Pittsburgh Pirates and later helped define the New York Mets' broadcasts, has died at 91. He was a frequent all-star who later became a favorite of Mets fans and players.
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Another Florida Case Puts 'Stand Your Ground' Back In Court

In a courtroom in Jacksonville, Fla., on Thursday, prosecutors and the defense laid out different versions of how 47-year-old Michael Dunn, who is white, came to shoot and kill Jordan Davis, a black 17-year-old.
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As Deficit Anxiety Fades, Debt Rears Its Ugly Head

Cutting the national debt and deficit used to be the most divisive political debate in Washington. These days, not so much. Both parties have agreed to move on and focus on issues they largely agree on: income inequality and social mobility. But there's not much they can do without a sustainable budget.
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The Avalanche And The Alaskan City Finding Its Way Out

The only road into Valdez, Alaska, was reopened on Wednesday after an avalanche closed the city off from all highway traffic for nearly two weeks. Melissa Block speaks with Valdez City Manager John Hozey, who helped coordinate clean-up efforts for the city's more than 4,000 residents.
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AeroCop: Police Put An Eye In The Sky

Audie Cornish talks with reporter Craig Timberg about the airplane-based surveillance tech that he features in The Washington Post. The detailed photo series can capture huge areas of a city and allow law enforcement to track the movements of vehicles and people in an effort to solve crimes quickly. They also raise a lot of privacy concerns for some people.
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Powerless In Pennsylvania And Awaiting The Storm's Return

Over 400,000 people in Pennsylvania still have no power following this week's ice storm. Many won't get back their power back before Sunday — but another winter super storm is expected over the weekend, worrying officials and residents over how they will stay warm.

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