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Oregon's New Governor, Kate Brown, Is Sworn In

Wed, 2015-02-18 10:17

Brown took over after John Kitzhaber, Oregon's only four-term governor, stepped down amid scandal. Brown said all of that ends today.

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Obama Names Joseph Clancy As Secret Service Director

Wed, 2015-02-18 09:07

Four months after he was brought back to an agency that was struggling to cope with a series of embarrassing missteps, Joseph Clancy was named the permanent director of the Secret Service Wednesday.

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Netanyahus' Spending Habits Get Scrutiny In Growing Scandal

Wed, 2015-02-18 08:49

Topics such as recycling payments and garden furniture are now in Israel's political sphere, after a review found spending such as an average monthly cleaning bill of over $20,000 for two homes.

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Debate: Are America's Best Days Behind It?

Wed, 2015-02-18 08:35

Is America in decline, or an unparalleled leader on the world stage? In the 100th debate from Intelligence Squared U.S., two teams face off over the motion, "Declinists Be Damned: Bet On America."

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Salty, Sweet, Sour. Is It Time To Make Fat The Sixth Taste?

Wed, 2015-02-18 08:19

Fat has a lot in common with the five basic tastes: salty, sweet, sour, bitter and umami. But while people easily recognize the texture of fat, scientists say they can't quite perceive the taste.

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Blind Boy's Quest Prompts Australia To Plan Tactile Cash

Wed, 2015-02-18 06:55

Blind since birth, Connor McLeod couldn't tell how much money he'd been given for Christmas. So he started a petition seeking banknotes that can be differentiated by feel.

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How Marijuana Hijacks Your Brain To Create The Munchies

Wed, 2015-02-18 06:14

Where there's pot, there's often an insatiable hunger. Now researchers have a big clue why: Cannabinoids, the drug in marijuana, appear to flip a neural circuit that normally tells us we're full.

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Why Congress Doesn't Really Worry About What Most Americans Think

Wed, 2015-02-18 06:01

Polls show Americans are largely in favor of authorizing further actions against the Islamic State. Yet there is one group of Americans that is having far more trouble deciding how it feels: Congress.

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Pregnant And Uninsured? Don't Count On Obamacare Coverage

Wed, 2015-02-18 05:37

Women who get pregnant and don't have health insurance can't sign up outside open enrollment until after they give birth. Advocates say that puts mother and child at risk of serious health problems.

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UN Envoy: Syria Agrees To Proposed Break In Air Strikes On Aleppo

Wed, 2015-02-18 04:47

Aleppo has been the subject of bitter fighting, with rebels and government forces splitting a city that was once a productive economic engine. The UN wants to create a "freeze" on violence there.

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Prosecutors Raid HSBC's Geneva Office Over Suspected Money Laundering

Wed, 2015-02-18 04:03

The raid comes a week after leaked HSBC documents showed that the bank's Swiss unit had helped its international clients launder profits and shelter their holdings from their home countries.

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Ukraine Withdraws Forces After Fight Over Strategic City

Wed, 2015-02-18 03:09

"Some 80 percent of the units have already been pulled out" of Debaltseve, says Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko. He's seeking to punish Russia for the latest violence.

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Even As Progressives Take Lead In Greece, Women Remain Out Of Power

Wed, 2015-02-18 00:37

The new, leftist Greek government says it wants to revolutionize a country that long has resisted change. So far that hasn't included finally placing women at the highest levels of government.

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Why Slow Electronic Payments Can Cause Cash Flow Problems

Wed, 2015-02-18 00:37

Electronic messages can circle the globe in an instant these days, but electronic payments can still take days to complete. This can put consumers at greater risk of getting hit with late fees.

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Kids' Solo Playtime Unleashes 'Free-Range' Parenting Debate

Wed, 2015-02-18 00:36

A number of parents have made news in recent months for letting children walk or play outside on their own. But laws on when kids are allowed to be by themselves are vague.

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U.S. Communities Called On To Prevent Home-Grown Terrorism

Wed, 2015-02-18 00:01

Preventing home-grown terrorism is the focus of meetings at the White House this week. Experts say more than 20,000 foreign fighters have traveled to Syria to sign up with the so-called Islamic State.

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Oregon Ushers One Governor Out; Another One In On Wednesday

Tue, 2015-02-17 22:36

Secretary of State Kate Brown will become the second woman to serve as Oregon's governor. She replaces fellow Democrat John Kitzhaber who is resigning amid a criminal ethics investigation.

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Beagle Miss P Is Named Westminster Dog Show's Best

Tue, 2015-02-17 21:10

The Canadian canine is only the second beagle to win, following her great-uncle Uno in 2008.

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U.S. And Cuba Will Hold Second Round Of Normalization Talks In Washington

Tue, 2015-02-17 16:21

The talks will be held next Friday at the State Department. Last month, the two sides held the first high-level talks since the Cuban revolution.

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Joe Biden Gets A Bit Too Close To New Secretary Of Defense's Wife

Tue, 2015-02-17 15:19

After swearing in Ash Carter as Defense Secretary, Vice President Biden pulled Stephanie Carter close and then whispered something in her ear. It was, um, awkward.

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