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  • Obama: Tragedy Challenges Everyone To Be Better
    More than 26,000 people gathered Wednesday night at the University of Arizona for a tribute to the victims of Saturday's shooting in Tucson. Several federal officials spoke, ending with a speech from President Obama that often had the crowd cheering on its feet.
  • Mourners Exhale After Tucson Memorial Service
    The city of Tucson, Ariz., has been haunted by Saturday's shooting rampage. For many, the memorial service at the University of Arizona on Wednesday night was a chance to lift some darkness from the memories of the shootings that killed six people and wounded others, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
  • Antibiotics Defeat Ear Infections In Young Kids, Studies Find
    Two studies bring new evidence to the long-running debate on whether antibiotics work for children's ear infections. But experts say doctors should be sure the child really is suffering from an ear infection before writing a prescription.
  • Rock-Munching Mollusks A Model For Artificial Bones
    Chitons, a type of mollusk, use their razor-sharp teeth to chew rocks to get at the algae inside. Researchers are using a powerful microscope to map the composition of chiton teeth hoping they can develop a blueprint for building better artificial teeth and bones for people.
  • In Detroit, A Fight Over Iconic School's Future
    For 90 years, as many as 4,000 students at a time -- ranging from John DeLorean and Ron Carter to Ellen Burstyn and Diana Ross -- attended Cass Technical High School. But it was closed six years ago after a new school was built next-door and is perilously close to demolition.
  • GOP Tries New Effort To Bring In Hispanic Voters
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and other Republican leaders are reaching out with the Hispanic Leadership Network. Bush says the GOP's tone has turned them off. Observers say Republicans need to get beyond enforcement only when it comes to immigration if they want to attract Hispanics.
  • Illinois Taxes Rising; Wisconsin Hopes To Benefit
    The higher rates are aimed at closing a $15 billion deficit. Gov. Pat Quinn says he doesn't worry about businesses leaving for the neighboring state, because Wisconsin's rates are higher.
  • Lenders Poised To Take Back More Homes
    The number of homes seized by banks last year topped 1 million, according to the foreclosure research firm RealtyTrac. The number would have been higher, if not for the robo-signing scandal that came to light last fall. That prompted many banks to halt or delay foreclosure proceedings. Those delays could spill over into this year.
  • Small Businesses Urged To Help U.S. Double Exports
    The Obama administration wants to double U.S. exports by 2015, and it wants small businesses to get their share of the pie. The Export-Import Bank is taking the lead in a program that hopes to identify 5,000 small businesses and turn them into exporters.
  • White House Looks To Change Business Taxes
    Officials in the Obama administration want to lower the 35 percent corporate tax rate, which is one of the highest in the world. Ways to pay for that could include closing loopholes and eliminating deductions. David Wessel of The Wall Street Journal talks to Renee Montagne about some of the ideas.

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