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  • When It Comes To Marriage, Many More Say 'I Don't'
    Marriage — it's so last century. A new report out on Wednesday finds the share of all U.S. adults who are married has dropped to its lowest on record, at just 51 percent. If the trend continues, the institution will soon lose its majority status in American life.
  • As Governor, Romney Balanced Budget By Hiking Fees
    Mitt Romney says that as governor of Massachusetts, he toed the Republican line and refused to raise taxes. But how was Romney able to govern a cash-strapped state for four years? We take a closer look at his actual record on taxes.
  • French Parliament Moves To Ban Prostitution
    The French parliament has approved, in a non-binding resolution, a proposal to make using the services of a prostitute a crime punishable by fines and prison. Lawmakers are expected to follow the resolution with a law in the new year.
  • And You Thought The Tiger Mother Was Tough
    Amy Chua, the "Tiger Mother," caused a media sensation with her book about being a superstrict Chinese-American mom. But she looks positively laid-back next to her mainland Chinese equivalent, "Wolf Dad" Xiao Baiyao. He not only beat his kids, he boasts about how he did it.
  • White House Kills Dollar Coin Program
    More than 1 billion coins are sitting unwanted in government vaults. Ending the program will save an estimated $50 million a year.
  • Holder Vows To Enforce Civil Rights Protections
    In a speech Tuesday night in Austin, Texas, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder asked state legislatures to take care not to violate the Voting Rights Act. As the country approaches the 2012 elections, many states are redrawing political boundaries and there are fears minority voters may be disenfranchised.
  • On The Hill, Gingrich Made Friends And Enemies
    Newt Gingrich has spent decades weaving relationships in and around government — starting with his successful campaign to win the House majority back in the early 1990s. Some of his most ardent supporters now worked with him back then — but some of his angriest opponents did, too.
  • Avon Looks To Hire New CEO
    Avon Products is searching for a new chief executive to head the cosmetics company. Andrea Jung, its current chairman and CEO, will continue to serve in both roles until a successor is found and then work solely as chairman
  • Zynga Expects Stock IPO To Raise $1 Billion
    Social media gaming company Zynga this week is expected to begin trading its shares publicly. It plans to sell 100 million shares — each one priced anywhere from $8.50 to $10. Zynga's initial public offering is expected be the largest technology IPO since Google's in 2004.
  • Kodak Shifts Focus, Zooms In On Commercial Printing
    The company's name was once synonymous with photography, but after years in decline, Kodak is shifting gears to focus on more profitable commercial printing operations — a plan that CEO Antonio Perez says is sure to renew profitability.

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