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Thursday, August 9, 2012

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  • Election Spotlight Returns To Iowa
    At the beginning of the presidential race, Iowa was among the most important states in the country. Now, after a few months out of the spotlight, it's the center of political attention again. Mitt Romney campaigned in Des Moines Wednesday. Barack Obama will be there next week.
  • Complications, Contradictions In A Fla. Swing County
    The biggest single issue for Florida nurse practitioner Sofia Martinez is her support of the DREAM Act. But she plans to vote for Republican Mitt Romney, who has said he would veto the measure. Her view might seem full of contradictions, but that's common among voters in Hillsborough County, as they consider complex issues.
  • U.S. Women's Soccer, Water Polo Team Go For Gold
    Two big gold medal matches of the Olympics are set Thursday in London, and both involve American women's teams. In water polo, the U.S. women seek to end 12 years of frustration with their first gold medal. And in soccer, the Americans have a chance at redemption. They play Japan which beat them in the World Cup final last year.
  • Olympic Bodies: They Just Don't Make Them Like They Used To
    We've put together an infographic that explores how athletes' bodies have changed over the last century. Those physiques are shaped by years of training — and by the laws of physics.
  • Drought May Force Tougher Water Restrictions
    As drought continues throughout the country, municipalities are doing their part to maintain water sources like lakes. In some cities, officials are using law enforcement to regulate the water usage of businesses and residents.
  • Obama Campaigns On GOP Turf In Colorado
    President Obama is in the midst of a two-day campaign swing through Colorado. The Rocky Mountain West is a key battleground area in the November election. A new poll shows the president leading Mitt Romney among women in the state but trailing his Republican rival among Colorado men.
  • Hackers Wreak Havoc On 'Wired' Writer's Digital Life
    Within one hour, Wired.com senior writer Mat Honan's entire digital life was destroyed. Hackers got access to his Google account and chaos followed. Eight years of Gmail were deleted. His iPhone was wiped clean — as was his iPad and MacBook. Honan talks to Renee Montagne about how hackers were able to gain access to his accounts.
  • Susan G. Komen Faces Leadership Shakeup
    Nancy Brinker the founder of the breast cancer charity is giving up her CEO role for a lower profile job. President Liz Thompson has resigned. The statement issued by the charity makes no mention of it, but Komen's been dealing with fall-out from a decision earlier this year to stop funding cancer screenings conducted by Planned Parenthood. The funding was restored, but following the flap, participation in races has dropped by as much as 30 percent.
  • Retailers Go For Gold By Evoking Olympic Games
    More than 20 percent of online retailers have referred to the Olympics in their promotional materials in recent weeks. But unless they're official sponsors, they can't directly use trademarked Olympic symbols or even the word Olympics. So many have had to get creative, using language such as go for the gold, podium or world-class to catch the attention of fans.
  • How Other Networks Compete Against Olympic Games
    NBC's coverage of the London Olympics is a ratings hit. This can present a problem for other networks looking to lure viewers — especially those dedicated to broadcasting sports. Steve Inskeep, talks to media reporter John Ourand of the Sports Business Daily about counter-programming the Olympics, and what sports networks like ESPN are showing instead.

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