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Fallujah Veterans Ask Hard Questions About Their Sacrifices

A radical group with links to al-Qaida has taken intermittent control of key parts of Fallujah in western Iraq. It's the same area where U.S. troops saw some of their bloodiest fights during the Iraq war a decade ago, costing the U.S. more lives than any other region in Iraq.

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Skiing Siblings Hope To Make It To Sochi, Together

Four years ago, cross-country skiers Erik and Sadie Bjornsen tried to make the Olympic team but came up short. This year, one has earned a spot; the other is waiting to find out.

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Tech Fit For The Showroom, But The Runway Might Have To Wait

Wearable technology is often said to look dorky. "Stylish" and "fashionable" are not words anyone would associate with devices like Google Glass or smart watches. But companies are now working to embed technology into clothing so that it's unobtrusive or even attractive.

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Fallujah Veterans Ask Hard Questions About Their Sacrifices

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50 Years After Landmark Warning, 8 Million Fewer Smoking Deaths

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Sherlock's Expiring Copyright: It's Public Domain, Dear Watson

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Peter Gabriel's Favorite Artists Remake His Music From 'Scratch'

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Senate Unexpectedly Moves Forward On Unemployment Benefits

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Skiing Siblings Hope To Make It To Sochi, Together

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