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Groups Aim To Make It Easier To Own A Cable TV Box Instead Of Renting

A study estimated that 99 percent of cable TV subscribers rent their set-top boxes and pay on average $231 a year to do so. Groups want to make it easier for consumers to own similar devices.

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Taliban Announces It Has Withdrawn From Afghan City Of Kunduz

The group said it has achieved all its objectives, including seizing the major transportation hub of Kunduz, releasing its fighters from a prison and grabbing tons of weapons.

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It's All Politics

Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Resentencing For Juvenile Lifers

Three years ago, the court struck down mandatory life sentences in cases involving juvenile defendants. Should that ruling be applied retroactively to those sentenced to life long ago?

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India's Ban On Beef Leads To Murder, And Hindu-Muslim Friction

A Muslim man was lynched by a village mob that accused him of killing a cow. As Hindu nationalists gain ground, critics say they are threatening Indian traditions of pluralism.

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Planned Parenthood Will No Longer Accept Reimbursement For Fetal Tissue

President Cecile Richards said accusations that the organization illegally profits from tissue provided to researchers have "nothing to do with our fetal tissue donation compliance process."

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Appeals Court Reinstates Lawsuit Over NYPD Surveillance Of Muslims

A U.S. appeals court compared the police department's program to past discrimination against other groups of Americans. It reverses a lower court's ruling that found police did not violate the rights of Muslims.

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Performing Arts

'Spring Awakening' Returns To Broadway — In Sign Language

The hit musical only closed six years ago, and now it's back, in a well-reviewed revival featuring hearing and deaf actors, who sing and sign during the performance.

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An Iran Deal Milestone That Tehran Wants To Play Down

Sunday is "adoption day" for Iran — the day it will begin sharply curtailing its nuclear program as part of the deal reached this summer with the U.S. and other world powers.

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WATCH: Andra Day

Day was born to perform: She's able to channel the likes of Nina Simone and Billie Holiday in songs that feel candid and vulnerable, but not understated.

"There's a reason everybody's looking at Paul — he is the consensus choice," fellow Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson said of Rep. Paul Ryan. "Other people may be able to step up to the plate, may be able to forge that consensus. But we already know Paul has already forged it." Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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It's All Politics

Republicans Don't Want To Take Paul Ryan's 'No' For An Answer

Ryan's ability to walk a fine line between the Republican Party's hard-line conservative and establishment wings goes back years and has made him "everybody's choice" to run for speaker of the House.

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Changes to the Affordable Care Act haven't been easy to come by, but President Obama just signed into law a relaxation of some requirements for small businesses. Olivier Douliery/DPA/Landov hide caption

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Bipartisan Effort Revises Health Rule For Small Businesses

A legal change eases some of the health insurance requirements for small employers. It may also help bolster coverage for their workers.

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Dutch Safety Board Says Russian Missile Took Down Flight MH17

The missile manufacturer released its own report, disputing the findings and instead pointing the blame for last year's crash of the Boeing 777 at Ukrainian forces.

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New Mix: Diet Cig, Hamilton Leithauser & Paul Maroon, Georgia And More

This week's essential mix includes several discoveries, including the gritty rock group Diet Cig, the pop group Motel Beds and Twin Limb, a band that finds new ways to use an accordion.

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The Salt

Sip On This: That $10,000 (Or $30) Bottle Of Wine Might Be Fake

Take a close look at the glass of wine you're drinking; there's a chance it could be plonk disguised by an upmarket label. Demand has driven up the price of wine, making conditions ripe for counterfeiters.

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SABMiller, owner of Miller Genuine Draft beer, has agreed in principle to merge with Budweiser brewer Anheuser Busch InBev. If the deal is finalized, the new company would be the largest beer company in the world. Michael Conroy/AP hide caption

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King Of Beers: SABMiller Agrees In Principle To Merger With Budweiser Brewer

If the deal is formally agreed upon, the company would own around 31 percent of beer sales around the world.

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