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  • Clevelanders Ask How Abducted Women Were Held Without Notice
    The neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio, where three kidnapped women were held for about a decade is a mix of happiness and disbelief. Happy that the three were found safe. But there are questions about how they could have lived there for so many years without raising suspicion.
  • Specially Trained FBI Agents Will Help Kidnapped Women Heal
    Three women rescued in Cleveland after going missing a decade ago have beaten the odds. In most cases, Justice Department statistics say victims don't survive that kind of ordeal. FBI forensic experts and victim specialists will be meeting with the women and their families, to try to start the process of helping them return to the world.
  • Rat 'Mutton' And Bird Flu: Strange Days For Meat Eaters In Shanghai
    A month after dead pigs washed ashore in a Shanghai river, the city got an even more serious meat problem: A new bird flu appeared at poultry markets. But even a recent rat meat scandal hasn't kept Shanghai's omnivores from enjoying KFC and Kung Pao Chicken.
  • Officials Prepare For Another Flu Pandemic — Just In Case
    Those people who have contracted the H7N9 virus have become very sick. And unlike the older bird flu virus, this one shows some adaptation to mammals, making it a matter of concern. But it doesn't make chickens sick, posing unique difficulties in fighting this kind of flu.
  • PKK Fighters Begin To Withdraw From Turkey
    In a landmark step, militant fighters from the PKK, the Kurdistan Workers Party, are beginning to withdraw from Turkey back to northern Iraq. The withdrawal will take months and the peace process will likely collapse unless Ankara enacts significant changes recognizing Kurdish rights within Turkey. But for now, people are allowing themselves to hope that this time it might work.
  • USC Students Allege Racial Profiling By LAPD
    After LAPD officers arrived in riot gear and a helicopter to shut down a party, many students said the department was unfairly targeting students of color.
  • With Gorgeous Dorms But Little Cash, Colleges Must Adapt
    Jeffrey Selingo, an editor with The Chronicle of Higher Education, argues that American colleges have lost their way. In College (Un)bound, he describes the challenges facing American higher education and takes a close look at what college students are getting in return for their tuition.
  • Dow Jones Average Makes History, Closes Above 15,000
    With treasury yields near historic lows, and cash and money markets yielding almost nothing, investors are putting their money in stocks. Analysts say the Federal Reserve's efforts to keep interest rates extremely low are a key driver.
  • Debt Settlement Firm Accused Of Defrauding Thousands
    For the first time, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has referred a criminal case to the Department of Justice. The bureau accuses a debt relief company called Mission Settlement Agency of bilking consumers out of millions. The suit alleges the company lied about fees and its results.
  • Will Tweaking Windows 8 Be Enough To Revive The PC?
    When Microsoft introduced Windows 8 last year, the software giant billed the new operating system as one of the most critical releases in its history. The system would bridge the gap between personal computers and the fast-growing mobile world of tablets and smartphones. But this week, the company sent signals that it might soon alter Windows 8 to address some early criticism.

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