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  • Volunteers Labor To Get Early Voters Out In Iowa
    Early voting is underway in Iowa, a battleground state where the most recent polls give President Obama a very narrow lead in a tight race. Four years ago, Obama carried Iowa with help from a massive ground organization that far outpaced what the GOP was doing. This year, Republicans say that won't be repeated.
  • In Battleground Ohio, Catholic Voters Apply Faith In Different Ways
    Catholic voters are an important constituency in the Buckeye State, representing about 26 percent of voters. But different issues bring out different Catholic voters, a theologian explains. Some voters stress the church's teaching on issues like abortion, while others focus on social justice.
  • Head Injuries Rattle Even Devout Football Parents
    Parents of young players are increasingly anxious about concussions. Many continue to participate — albeit more cautiously. Others worry about whether the youth leagues will eventually halt altogether. In Texas, the risk of injury is putting families at odds with a sport many consider a religion.
  • Some Book! 'Charlotte's Web' Turns 60
    E.B. White's classic children's book is ostensibly about a spider and a pig. But author Michael Sims says the story is really about the barn the critters live in, based on a real barn on White's Maine farm.
  • Doctors Strike Mutating Bacteria In Teen Acne Battle
    As acne bacteria develop resistance to antibiotic treatments, doctors turn to zit-fighting viruses.
  • Spray Lights Up The Chemical That Causes Poison Ivy Rash
    Researchers have developed a clever new method to detect the chemical that causes the annoying itch. But urushiol isn't all bad. It's also behind the shine of beautiful Japanese lacquerware.
  • Softbank To Buy Majority Of Sprint Nextel
    Japanese mobile phone company Softbank has announced it has agreed to buy 70 percent of Sprint Nextel for $20 billion. The deal would make Sprint Nextel a tougher competitor against its bigger rivals, Verizon Wireless and AT&T.
  • Survey: Economy To Grow But Not Add A Lot Of Jobs
    The U.S. economy will continue to grow throughout the rest of the year and in 2013, but at a tepid rate that fails to lower unemployment, according to a new survey of business economists. The forecast, from the National Association of Business Economists, also expects consumer spending to weaken.
  • Skydiver 'Fearless Felix' Breaks Sound Barrier
    Felix Baumgartner landed safely in eastern New Mexico minutes after jumping from 128,000 feet. The feat carried out on Sunday qualifies as the world's first supersonic skydive, officials said.
  • Former Senator Arlen Specter Dies At 82
    Arlen Specter, reviled by the right, mistrusted by the left and ever unpredictable, was nonetheless a major force in the U.S. Senate for three decades. He cast what were often crucial votes on everything from judicial nominations to economic policy.

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