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Sports stars’ problems shape kids’ skepticism of marriage

Children are growing up thinking that marriages are not meant to last because so many football and pop stars have high profile affairs and bust-ups, an expert warned on Wednesday. Alleged infidelities by England internationals like Wayne Rooney, John Terry and Ashley Cole all hit the headlines in 2010 and received acres of prominent coverage in newspapers. Reg Bailey, who is leading a government review of the sexualisation of childhood, is expected to consider the issue in a report he is preparing for the Department for Education. Bailey, chief executive of the Mothers’ Union charity, told the Daily Telegraph newspaper
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A humble soldier adjusts to fame

It was years in the making, so Staff Sgt. Sal Giunta had time to talk with his wife about the “what if” question. He’d been recommended for the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military decoration. If chosen, his name would be in headlines. His face in the spotlight. He’d be a celebrity. And again and again, he’d have to tell strangers the harrowing story of a deadly ambush in Afghanistan. “He was worried,” says Giunta’s wife, Jenny. “He didn’t know how he was going able to talk to people about it. He couldn’t even talk to me. He didn’t
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Deadly tornadoes claim 7th victim

Shaken residents spent New Year’s Day sifting through the wreckage wrought by tornadoes that touched down in several states on the last day of 2010, killing seven people and injuring dozens of others. Six people — three in Missouri and three in Arkansas — died Friday as tornadoes fueled by unusually warm air pummeled the South and Midwest. A seventh person who was injured Friday in Missouri died Saturday, said Bruce Southard, the chief of the Rolla Rural Fire Department. The woman, identified by Phelps County Emergency Management as 74-year-old Ethel Price, was entertaining a friend, Alice Cox, 69, of
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The GOP agenda: Lots of turmoil, little hope for progress

The Republican agenda for the new Congress that convenes Wednesday may have a greater impact on the 2012 elections than on the lives of Americans in the next two years. Republicans promise to cut spending, roll back President Barack Obama‘s health care overhaul and prevent unelected bureaucrats from expanding the government’s role in society through regulations that tell people what they must or can’t do. Getting this agenda through the House may be easier than in the Senate, given the GOP‘s 241-194 majority in the House. Getting the Senate to act will be a challenge. Democrats still hold an edge
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Rock legend Chuck Berry stricken before Chicago show

Rock-and-roll legend Chuck Berry felt ill and was checked out by ambulance medics before a show Saturday night, a Chicago fire official said. An audience member at the show, however, said Berry slumped over during the show and was offstage for at least 20 minutes. Fire Department spokesman Joe Roccasalva said Berry felt better and signed a release after being checked out. Roccasalva said the confusion arose because emergency personnel later responded to a patron at the show who was unwell. Berry, 84, is known for his classic songs including “Maybelline,” “Johnny B. Goode,” and “Roll Over Beethoven.” His agent
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The upcoming spending fight at the not-so-OK corral

Two early showdowns on spending and debt will signal whether the new Congress can find common ground despite its partisan divisions or whether it’s destined for gridlock and brinkmanship that could threaten the nation’s economic health. Not all of the bickering in the 112th Congress that convenes Wednesday will be between Republicans and Democrats. House Republicans, back in power after four years in the minority, will include numerous freshmen whose unyielding stands on the deficit, in particular, could severely test soon-to-be Speaker John Boehner‘s ability to bridge differences and pass major bills. His first big challenge will come in February,
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Can’t beat your opponents? Beat your girlfriend

New Pittsburgh coach Mike Haywood was jailed Friday on a domestic violence charge after an incident at his South Bend home. Assistant St. Joseph County Police Chief Bill Redman said Haywood was arrested about 3 p.m. Friday after a custody issue developed with a woman with whom Haywood has a child. The unidentified woman told police that Haywood grabbed her by the arm and neck and pushed her as she tried to leave. Redman said the woman had marks on her neck, arms and back. “The University of Pittsburgh is aware of an alleged incident involving head football coach Michael
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