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Worst Is Over, But More Snow's Coming

Fri, 2014-02-14 04:25

The storm that has caused havoc from Texas to New England is due to move out to sea Friday. But it's still winter: At least a little more snow is expected in many parts of the Northeast over the weekend.

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Double Take 'Toons: Heartfelt Remembrance

Fri, 2014-02-14 04:00

Shirley Temple Black lifted America's heart during the darkest days of the Great Depression and went on to render exemplary service as U.S. ambassador to two countries. Bob Englehart offers a Valentine's Day tribute to the former child star, while Nate Beeler notes how outstanding her accomplishments were.

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Virginia's Same-Sex Marriage Ban Is Ruled Unconstitutional

Fri, 2014-02-14 03:45

"Our Constitution declares that 'all men' are created equal. Surely this means all of us," a judge writes. She postponed enforcement of her ruling, however, pending the expected appeal of her decision.

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'Harried Mom' Becomes Dynamic Woman In These Stock Images

Fri, 2014-02-14 00:46

Getty's new "Lean In" collection steers clear of familiar stereotypes, such as women in stilettos stepping on men. Because women are the primary users of social media, the company's visual trends director says, it's time for a different kind of representation in media and advertising.

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Iran's Hope Is Sanctions Relief, But Reality Is Struggling Economy

Fri, 2014-02-14 00:44

Most Iranians back President Hassan Rouhani's efforts to reach out to the world, but so far there's been very little tangible improvement in an economy that's been hurting for years.

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Mobile Match Apps Are 'Dating On Steroids'

Fri, 2014-02-14 00:43

Matchmaking apps like Tinder can help people find potential dates quickly, but sometimes efficiency isn't the best way to find true love.

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Actor Ralph Waite, Father On 'Waltons,' Dies At 85

Thu, 2014-02-13 23:01

More recently, Waite had a recurring role on the CBS hit NCIS — as the father of Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, played by Mark Harmon.

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Judge Declares Va. Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

Thu, 2014-02-13 19:56

U.S. District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen's decision Thursday makes Virginia the second state in the South to have a ban on gay marriages overturned. It comes the day after a similar ruling in Kentucky and following similar rulings in federal courts in Utah and Oklahoma.

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Rand Paul's NSA Lawsuit Helps Him Lay Claim To A Big Issue

Thu, 2014-02-13 16:40

By suing the Obama administration, including the National Security Agency, for the agency's phone call data collection, Sen. Rand Paul now has ownership of an important issue in a way no other potential 2016 presidential candidate has yet to claim.

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As Takeover Hopes Fade, House Democrats Remain Upbeat

Thu, 2014-02-13 15:49

House Democrats are in Maryland for their annual issues conference. Despite their grim electoral prospects this fall, they are relishing the infighting that has beset the Republican House majority.

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More Ambassador Posts Are Going To Political Appointees

Thu, 2014-02-13 15:23

President Obama used to say that he wanted to rely more on career diplomats to serve as U.S. ambassadors. But he's been opting for political appointees who are big donors with limited international experience.

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In Men's Figure Skating, U.S. Pins Hopes On A New Class

Thu, 2014-02-13 14:49

The U.S. is defending its gold medal in men's figure skating, but without the star power of previous games. Two skaters in Sochi, 19-year-old Jason Brown and 28-year-old Jeremy Abbott — represent the near future of the sport in America.

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Many Flights Canceled, But Fewer Fliers Stranded On Tarmac

Thu, 2014-02-13 14:31

A fliers' revolt on Valentine's Day in 2007 led to stiff fines against airlines that kept passengers waiting for too long. The delays still happen, but new technology and better planning are making them less inconvenient.

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Stopping Microbes Not Missiles: U.S. Plans For Next Global Threat

Thu, 2014-02-13 14:13

The world is at greater risk than ever from pandemics and biological weapons, health officials said Thursday. In response, the U.S. government is spearheading a global effort to build an early warning system for infectious diseases, drug-resistant microbes and possible bioterror agents.

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Facebook Gives Users New Options To Identify Gender

Thu, 2014-02-13 13:18

Facebook is rolling out changes to its 159 million members in the U.S. that will allow people to have a wider choice than simply male or female when selecting a gender description on the site. Users can choose from roughly 50 options including Trans Male, Trans Woman or Androgynous.

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Debt Ceiling Vote Relied On GOP's 'Tough Vote' Caucus

Thu, 2014-02-13 13:09

The 28 House Republicans who voted for the debt ceiling increase made it safe for the rest of their fellow Republicans not to.

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U.K. Warns Scotland: Vote To Secede, Lose Common Currency

Thu, 2014-02-13 13:03

Scots vote in a referendum on independence from the U.K. in September, and the pro-independence leader had previously said the new country would retain the pound as its currency. The message from London on Thursday: Not so fast.

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Afghan Prisoner Release Promises To Inflame Tensions

Thu, 2014-02-13 13:00

Strained relations between Afghanistan and the U.S. and NATO may only get worse this week. The Afghan government is releasing 65 prisoners, many of whom have been accused by the West of plotting and participating in terrorist activities. Robert Siegel speaks with Nathan Hodge of The Wall Street Journal to learn more about the rationale behind this release and what it might mean for Afghan security and diplomacy.

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Tech Innovator And Master Of Maps Dies At 80

Thu, 2014-02-13 13:00

Roger Tomlinson, the man widely regarded as the father of GIS — Geographic Information Systems — has died at age 80. Tomlinson's 1960s innovation, using computer software to overlay different types of maps on top of one another, revolutionized industry and government.

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Consumer Advocates Alarmed By $45 Billion Deal

Thu, 2014-02-13 13:00

Comcast, the nation's largest cable provider, is set to become even bigger. The Philadelphia-based company has reached an agreement to acquire Time Warner Cable, the nation's second-largest cable provider, in an all-stock deal valued at roughly $45 billion. Consumer groups oppose the deal on the grounds that it will hurt competition and raise prices. But the companies claim competition won't be harmed at all.

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