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  • Obamacare Foes Make Final Push To Stop Health Law's Implementation
    Less than eight weeks before the official launch of the new health care marketplaces, the Obama administration is ramping up efforts to encourage people to sign up. But some opponents want young people to pay a fine rather than sign up for health insurance, hoping to harm the new law.
  • Obama Skirts Traditional Media To Get His Message Out
    President Obama, like his predecessors George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, has chafed at the conventions of communicating through the mainstream media. So while he uses print and broadcast every day, he and staff have sought out a host of non-traditional media means for reaching new audiences in new ways.
  • The 787 Returns, And Boeing Is Watching Its Every Move
    After being grounded for months, Boeing's 787 jetliner is back in the air. To help ensure that the planes keep flying and arrive on time, the company is monitoring the entire fleet in real time.
  • How Gaul-ing! Celebrating France's First Resistance Fighter
    He may have lost a battle, but Gallic chieftain Vercingetorix won something greater: status a French national hero. Each summer, a Burgundy village holds a festival to mark the Gauls' defeat by Julius Caesar and the Roman army.
  • Working To Save The Painted 'Zonkeys' Of Tijuana
    Americans once waited in line for the chance to be photographed atop the striped donkeys on this famed tourist strip. But 9/11, the recession and the Mexican drug war have stifled tourism and nearly put the "zonkeys" and their owners out of work. A new push is on to save the historic icons.
  • NIH Issues Guidelines For HeLa Cell Genome Data
    The 2010 bestseller The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks highlighted ethical controversies surrounding scientists' use of HeLa cells. The cells are descended from a tumor taken without consent from Henrietta Lacks, a poor black woman who died in 1951. Ethical concerns resurfaced with the publication of the HeLa cell's genome. The National Institutes of Health has now issued guidelines. For an explanation, Linda Wertheimer talks to NIH director Francis Collins.
  • Science Rap B.A.T.T.L.E.S. Bring Hip-Hop Into The Classroom
    The program is part of a national push for science education among minorities. A U.S. Department of Commerce study found that blacks and Latinos are half as likely as whites to have a job in science or engineering.
  • JPMorgan Chase Faces Justice Department Probe
    JPMorgan Chase revealed on Wednesday that it's facing criminal and civil investigations by the Justice Department. The bank says the investigations focus on sales of subprime mortgage securities in the years preceding the financial crisis.
  • Railroad In Deadly Canadian Crash Files Bankruptcy
    The rail company involved in the explosion that killed 47 people in a small Quebec town last month has filed for bankruptcy. The bankruptcy is a direct result of the explosion, in which a run-away train carrying oil derailed and blew up not far from the Maine-Quebec border.
  • Tesla's Stock Boosts Projections For Carmaker's Staying Power
    High-end electric automaker Tesla has beat Wall Streets expectations and turned a profit for the second quarter. But will that be enough to help give the company power to sustain for the long term?

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