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Showing Signs Of Age, Capitol Dome Gets A Face-Lift

The best-known symbol of the nation's capital is literally cracking up: The cast-iron dome crowning the U.S. Capitol has more than 1,300 cracks below its layers of lead paint.

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New Dwarf Planet Found At The Solar System's Outer Limits

The tiny world is a pink-hued ball of ice in an area of space once thought to be relatively empty. But the new findings hint of other small objects — and perhaps an unseen planet bigger than Earth.

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That Health Insurance Deadline Now Comes With Wiggle Room

President Obama often said that March 31 was the hard deadline to sign up for individual health insurance. But it turns out it's not so hard. Here's the latest on that slightly squishy deadline.

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How Russia's Annexation Of Crimea Could Hurt Its Economy
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Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Brings 'Bad Juju' And Pain 25 Years Later
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That Health Insurance Deadline Now Comes With Wiggle Room
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The Sometimes Tricky Relations Between Popes And Presidents
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New Dwarf Planet Found At The Solar System's Outer Limits
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From The Birth Of The iPhone To An Era Of Lawsuits
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Backlash To Facebook Buying Virtual Reality Firm Comes Swiftly
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In The First Violins — At Least For One Night
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Protesters Want To Sue Secret Service: Do They Have The Right?
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