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  • Health Care In Massachusetts Turns To Cost Control
    When Mitt Romney was governor of Massachusetts, he made universal health care law. But the 2006 law didn't do anything about controlling costs, which were already among the nation's highest. So now the conversation has turned to cost control, and some very interesting things are beginning to happen.
  • Study: 1.8 Million Dead People Still Registered To Vote
    A new report finds that about one in eight U.S. voter registrations are invalid or inaccurate. While there are few documented cases of voter fraud, the study finds that cooperation among states could improve the accuracy of voter registration lists nationwide.
  • Asia Strategy In Focus As U.S., Chinese Leaders Meet
    Xi Jinping, expected to become China's next president, begins highly anticipated meetings in Washington on Tuesday. The trip comes as the Obama administration seeks to shift the emphasis of its U.S. strategy toward the Asia-Pacific region — including changes the Chinese aren't sure they like.
  • A Pragmatic Princeling Next In Line To Lead China
    The son of a communist revolutionary hero who was later imprisoned, Xi Jinping is set to become China's next leader. Family members and friends paint a portrait of a humble man with an appetite for knowledge, who is an efficient administrator and an open-minded politician.
  • Pa.'s Gas Boom Worsens Low-Cost Housing Shortage
    The natural gas boom in Pennsylvania has new workers flooding into the state. That's causing a housing crunch in some communities, as locals get priced out of the rental market. One rural county in the northern part of the state has opened its first homeless shelter.
  • At 85, Senegal's Defiant President Seeks A New Term
    Senegal's president, 85-year-old Abdoulaye Wade, is seeking a third term in elections this month. But his challengers — and many Senegalese — say it is against the constitution, and that it's time for him to step aside.
  • A Brother And Sister Get Married (And Later, Their Son Tweets It)
    One fateful day, at age 6, John Fugelsang noticed an odd motif in some photos: His mother was wearing a habit.
  • EU Leaders Visit Investment Partner China
    European Union leaders are in Beijing, just after several EU member states were downgraded by the credit-rating agency Moody's. China has been investing in European companies. And now, Beijing says it may invest in an EU government bailout fund.
  • Firm Reviews Plants Where Apple Products Are Made
    Apple has hired an independent labor association to audit working conditions at supplier assembly plants. Apple is responding to criticism about working conditions at factories in China operated by its manufacturing partners.
  • Pentagon May Cut Budget Of National Guard, Reserves
    The Pentagon is deciding what to cut from its budget. Defense officials want to push many of the planned cuts onto the National Guard and Reserves. This is already leading to a campaign by Guard-backers to keep their forces strong. But active-duty military say cuts in recent years have taken too much from them, so it's the Guard's turn.

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