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  • Dwindling Midwest high school grads spur college hunt

    A waning number of high school graduates from the Midwest is sparking a college hunt for freshman applicants, with the decline being felt as far away as Harvard and Emory universities.

    February 25, 2014

  • Screen shot 2014-02-24 at 3.00.28 PM.png VIDEO: Remembering Harold Ramis

    The comedy legend, best known for his role in the "Ghostbusters" films, has passed away.

    February 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • In minimum wage debate, Wal-Mart poised for a Ford moment

    One hundred years later, U.S. companies including Gap and Wal-Mart Stores are caught up in the debate over raising pay - this time an increase in the federal minimum wage. President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats want to raise it to $10.10 an hour from $7.25, saying doing so will bolster the economy and reduce income inequality.

    February 21, 2014

  • Sex isn't the political killer it used to be

    Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford survived trying to cover up his infidelity with a tall tale about hiking the Appalachian Trail and returned to Congress. Bill Clinton, who was impeached for his transgressions, left office with a 68 percent approval rating, and his wife is the leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination.

    February 20, 2014

  • lp.jpg Homeland Security sets sights on national database of license plates

    The Department of Homeland Security wants a private company to create a national license plate tracking system that would give the agency access to vast amounts of information from commercial and law enforcement license plate readers, according to a government proposal that does not specify what privacy safeguards would be put in place.

    February 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • 20140218-AMX-DESIGN-HOTEL182.jpg The rise of the hotel bakery

    One of the key trends in hotel design in recent years has been a sharp focus on creating a hotel lobby that is a destination, not just a pass-through.

    February 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • barbour021614.jpg Teen mom says she's a mass murderer

    At 13, Miranda Barbour says she reluctantly helped kill her first victim in Alaska, but then went on a spree of slayings in California, Texas, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. Local, state and federal authorities are investigating her claim made in a jailhouse interview with the Sunbury, Pa., Daily Item.

    February 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • Screen shot 2014-02-14 at 1.13.21 PM.png VIDEO: Timelapse shows snow burying Washington D.C.

    The biggest snowstorm of the year hit Washington Wednesday night, closing the federal government on Thursday.

    February 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • U.S. appeals tax sentence for beanie baby maker

    The Justice Department Thursday appealed the sentence of H. Ty Warner, the billionaire creator of Beanie Babies plush toys who got probation, not prison, for evading taxes on money hidden in a Swiss bank account.

    February 13, 2014

  • Screen shot 2014-02-12 at 2.15.01 PM.png VIDEO: Ice storm hits parts of the South

    Slushy highways and streets were mostly desolate and ice encased trees and sent them crashing into power lines, knocking out electricity to a wide swath of the South as the winter-weary region was hit with its second storm in two weeks.

    February 12, 2014 1 Photo

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