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  • New FDA rules: safer food, $500 million cost

    New FDA rules are biggest change in food safety in decades. Precautions against contamination range from farm workers washing hands to required safety plans from food manufacturers, under new FDA rules. 

  • Child sex abuse: Operation Sunflower highlights new efforts to get predators

    Some 245 people accused of exploiting and abusing children have been arrested, US officials announced this week. Operation Sunflower also removed 44 victims from homes where their abusers also lived.

  • Senate freshmen: What the 14 new members bring to Capitol Hill

    A freshman Senate class was sworn in Jan. 3, bringing diverse skills and experience – not to mention agendas – to the legislative body. Whether the 14 newest senators help break partisan gridlock, or refuse to work across the aisle, will be the test for the 113th Congress.Twelve were elected on Nov. 6, including three Republicans, eight Democrats, and an independent. In addition, a Republican and a Democrat were appointed to vacant seats after the election. Here is a look at the 14 and what they bring to the Senate:

  • What does Google want with North Korea? (+video)

    Google chairman Eric Schmidt, known for his advocacy of Internet freedom, could travel as early as next week to North Korea  – a country almost entirely sealed off from online communications.

  • GOP governors waver on Obamacare

    Republican governors like Rick Scott in Florida, and Chris Christie in New Jersey, are struggling on how to handle President Barack Obama's remake of the health insurance market. While some have said they won't set up state-run exchanges, others say they're open to having a 'conversation.'

  • Head of nuclear security agency steps down

    On Friday, Tom D'Agostino announced his resignation from the National Nuclear Security Administration. His departure comes while the agency is under scrutiny for installing an inoperable multimillion-dollar security system at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

  • Blizzard conditions, from Kansas to Wisconsin, close schools (+video)

    The first major snowstorm of the season shuttered schools in Missouri, and cut power to 30,000 people in Iowa. Chicago, Milwaukee, and Michigan are expecting as much as a foot of snow Thursday.

  • 'Crossing to Safety': Wallace Stegner's poignant classic turns 25

    Wallace Stegner's novel about a decades-long friendship between two couples is just as rewarding on its 25th anniversary as it was when first published.

  • Saving Money 'Tis the season for free gift cards

    Freebies attached to full-price gift cards are abundant during the holidays. Now is a good time to stock up on gift cards, both for you and for others. 

  • Water ice found on scorching-hot Mercury

    Temperatures on Mercury can reach 800 degrees Fahrenheit, but around the north pole, in areas permanently shielded from the sun's heat, NASA's Messenger spacecraft found a mix of frozen water and possible organic materials.

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What happens when ordinary people decide to pay it forward? Extraordinary change...

Danny Bent poses at the starting line of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass.

After the Boston Marathon bombings, Danny Bent took on a cross-country challenge

The athlete-adventurer co-founded a relay run called One Run for Boston that started in Los Angeles and ended at the marathon finish line to raise funds for victims.

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