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Encourage leaks? Who? Me?

WikiLeaks founder c says once again he’s done nothing wrong in releasing secret U.S. documents, noting he’s never asked anyone to take the classified material. Assange, in an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” scheduled to air Sunday, denied encouraging anyone to leak the secret U.S. military and diplomatic material. Assange’s latest comments come in response to a U.S. criminal investigation into how WikiLeaks obtained the documents. Assange has called that investigation harassment. Federal prosecutors have subpoenaed details about the Twitter accounts of Assange and Pfc. Bradley Manning, the Army intelligence analyst who is in custody and is suspected of giving
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Health care ain’t what it’s cracked up to be

It’s a striking statistic. Without President Barack Obama‘s health care law, as many as 129 million Americans — half of those under age 65 — could be denied coverage or charged more because of a pre-existing medical condition. The new estimate by the Health and Human Services Department is more than twice as high as a figure that supporters of the law were using last year. It just might need an asterisk. Most of those millions of people are covered by health insurance at work and don’t face any immediate risk of being denied care for their pre-existing medical problems.
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South wins an uncivil war battle

Under withering opposition from hundreds of historians, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. abruptly abandoned plans Wednesday to build a Supercenter near a hallowed Civil War site where Robert E. Lee first met Ulysses S. Grant on the field of battle in 1864. Attorneys for the world’s largest retailer announced the decision in court on the eve of a trial that would have put Pulitzer Prize winning historian James McPherson on the witness stand. He was to testify that a portion of the site 60 miles southwest of Washington, D.C., was a “nerve center” for the Battle of the Wilderness. Wal-Mart, which had
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Some 26 million Americans have diabetes

U.S. health officials have raised their estimate of how many Americans have diabetes to nearly 26 million. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the new estimate Wednesday. It means about 1 in 12 Americans have diabetes, a disease in which the body has trouble processing sugar. The new figure marks a 9 percent increase from the 2008 estimate of 23.6 million. Health officials believe diabetes is becoming more common for two reasons — more people are developing obesity-related Type 2 diabetes, and people who have it are living longer. But CDC officials say an additional blood sugar test
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South Carolina Unions sue governor

South Carolina unions filed suit on Thursday against new Republican Governor Nikki Haley and her administration, saying hostility toward unions and workers joining unions is unconstitutional. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and the South Carolina AFL-CIO alleges that Haley is violating the federal constitutional and statutory rights to free speech, free association and due process. South Carolina is one of 22 “Right to Work” states and Haley said she will ensure that South Carolina workers are not compelled to join a union. “We believe there’s no basis to this
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Exclusive! Parents unplug teens! World doesn’t end

Susan Maushart lived out every parent’s fantasy: She unplugged her teenagers. For six months, she took away the Internet, TV, iPods, cell phones and video games. The eerie glow of screens stopped lighting up the family room. Electronic devices no longer chirped through the night like “evil crickets.” And she stopped carrying her iPhone into the bathroom. The result of what she grandly calls “The Experiment” was more OMG than LOL — and nothing less than an immersion in RL (real life). As Maushart explains in a book released in the U.S. this week called “The Winter of Our Disconnect”
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BMWs the really ‘hot’ car at auto shows

When carmakers like BMW say they hope people find their next car at auto shows like the one in Detroit this week, this wasn’t exactly what they meant. Two thieves drove away in a brand new $94,000 BMW 750i xDrive Sedan on Wednesday night that was left idling outside the Westin Book Cadillac, one of Detroit’s major hotels. The car was one of more than a dozen BMW sedans used to ferry executives and guests around town during the show. On Thursday morning, police said they were still looking for the gray four-door BMW. Police said the car was dropped
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Could be the worst winter the South ever thaw

It could be days before icy, treacherous conditions improve for areas of the South hit by a wintry blast that sent cars sliding off the road, emptied grocery shelves and had officials nervously watching ice-laden powerlines and tree limbs. Meanwhile, New York City was about to confront its third snowstorm in less than three weeks, a day after Mayor Michael Bloomberg‘s administration admitted a series of mistakes in its handling of a Christmas weekend blizzard and promised immediate changes. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch from Tuesday evening through Wednesday afternoon, with the heaviest snowfall expected overnight.
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Consumers still strugglig to pay loans

U.S. consumers continue to struggle to pay back home equity, auto and other loans as high unemployment drags on the economy. The American Bankers Association said in a report released on Tuesday that the overall loan delinquency rate ticked up slightly for the second straight quarter. It had been dropping steadily since hitting 3.35 percent in the second quarter of 2009. The overall rate increased to 3.01 percent in the third quarter of 2010 from 3.00 in the second quarter. The ABA defines a delinquency as a payment that is 30 days or more overdue. The association attributed the lack
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