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Even When Told True Risks, Kids Often Misjudge Them

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Ask a 9-year-old how likely it is that his bike will be stolen, and he'll probably lowball the risks — even after you tell him the odds. Researchers say children and teens aren't very good at applying data about on dangers, which may explain their seemingly irrational decision-making.

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Used-Car Impresario Cal Worthington Dies At Age 92

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Cal Worthington, a man whose used-car ads rose to the level of a cultural phenomenon, has died at age 92. He was a fixture on televisions in California for decades, with zany sales pitches that drew both customers and fame.

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New York Man Killed By Attacker In Possible Hate Crime

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The possibly disturbed attacker said he was going to "punch the next white person he saw," witnesses said.

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U.S. Defends Warrantless Searches Of Electronic Devices At Border

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Documents released this week show how U.S. border agents can seize laptops, cameras, cellphones and other digital devices, then download data before returning them. The practice raises questions about invasions of privacy and civil liberties.

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World's Largest Ferris Wheel Takes Shape In Las Vegas

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Las Vegas is adding an eye-catching tourist attraction, in the form of a huge wheel that can take more than 1,000 people on a ride 550 feet into the sky over the city's famed Strip. The main construction of the wheel, called the High Roller, is nearly finished; it is expected to open in early 2014.

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Why Aren't There More People Of Color In Craft Brewing?

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Few African-Americans make beer for a living. Latinos and Asian-Americans are also scarce among the nation's more than 2,600 breweries. How did American craft brewing end up so lacking in diversity?

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Tea Party Won't Let Congress Forget Obamacare Issues

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Tea Party Patriots are making a push for Congress to defund the new health care law as part of debates over the budget and funding the federal government. On Capitol Hill Tuesday, Tea Party activists have scheduled an afternoon gathering to rally support for cutting off funding for the health law often referred to as Obamacare.

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2 Democratic Senators Propose Alternate Plan For Syria

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

President Obama on Tuesday meets with Democratic senators to press his case for military action against Syria. Two moderate senators are offering an alternative plan. It would delay military action for 45 days, and give Bashar Assad another chance to get rid of his chemical weapons. Steve Inskeep talks to Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota about the plan.

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Remembering A 'Brave,' 'Lucky' Hero In The War Of 1812

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

That war gave us our national anthem and a stable border with Canada, but otherwise, not much is remembered about that conflict nowadays. This changed over Labor Day when the largest sailing re-enactment ever attempted in the U.S. marked the anniversary of a remarkable victory in that war.

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Congress Honors Victims Of Infamous Alabama Church Bombing

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Congressional Gold Medals for Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley come 50 years after the black girls were killed by a Ku Klux Klan bomb. Just as the federal recognition is long in coming, so was justice.

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Colorado Voters To Decide 2 Lawmakers' Fates In Recall Elections

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Democratic senators were targeted by gun rights activists after sweeping gun control laws were passed. The elections have attracted donations from major players across the country.

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Delta Airlines Woos Ultra Frequent Fliers

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Airlines are pulling out the stops to keep their elite frequent fliers. But Delta has raised the bar — using a sports car to shuttle late passengers to their connecting planes.

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Cubs Fan Continues Wait For World Series Win

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Doris Davis has been a Chicago Cubs fan since 1926, according to the News-Sun. In the days before TV, she listened on the radio while moving players around a diamond she made from a checkerboard. And she's still waiting for that championship. As the season nears its end, the Cubs are 22 games out of first place.

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Masked Crusaders Save Cat From Burning House

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

John Buckland and Troy Marcum of Milton, W. Va., are heroes. By the way, they were dressed like superheroes. WCHS-TV reports the two men were mentoring children at an American Legion Post wearing Batman and Captain America costumes when they saw smoke and rushed to the house.

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Ordinary Americans React To Calls For Strikes On Syria

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

As Congress prepares to take a vote on whether to launch a military strike against Syria, opinions vary widely among voters. We'll get a sampling of opinions from Fort Campbell, Ky., Los Angeles and State College, Pa.

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Neiman Marcus Sells For $6 Billion

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Two large investors — Ares Management and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board — have reached a deal to purchase upscale retailer Neiman Marcus. The two buyers will hold equal shares of Neiman, which is based in Dallas.

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New York's Gun Control Law Gets Even More Controversial

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

New York adopted one of the toughest gun control laws in the U.S. — banning the sale of assault rifles and banana clips. Many of the state's county sheriffs hate the law and some say they won't enforce it. The fight over gun rights and gun safety has become a hot issue in sheriff races, as local law enforcement officials seek re-election in rural counties.

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Police Question George Zimmerman After Confrontation With Wife

Monday, September 09, 2013

Zimmerman's estranged wife called police, saying he threatened her with a gun, punched her dad and destroyed her iPad with a knife.

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Why Younger Women Could Benefit From Mammograms After All

Monday, September 09, 2013

Women who died of breast cancer were less likely to have had a mammogram in the past two years, researchers found. That was particularly true among younger women. Even though breast cancer is rarer in the young, the tumors can be more aggressive.

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NYC Mayoral Candidates Make Final Push Before Primary

Monday, September 09, 2013

The candidates for New York City mayor were out in force on Monday, one day before primary voters go the polls to choose candidates for the general election.

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