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For A Better Bobsled, Team USA Turns To Race Cars

It's been 78 years since the U.S. brought home Olympic gold in the two-man bobsled event. After the last Winter Games, the Americans took a look at their aging sled — and decided to ditch it for a new BMW-designed one. Will it help them win gold?

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Sometimes A Perfect Stranger Is The Best Dinner Host

A new food trend gaining popularity in New York and other cities allows diners to enjoy fine meals inside someone else's home. But the food is often just an excuse for what can essentially be a really great party with a bunch of people you've never met.

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Jobs Pitchman Takes Labor Department's Show On the Road

Raising the minimum wage, extending unemployment benefits and attacking income inequality are all on the Obama administration's domestic agenda. And they all fall under the purview of Labor Secretary Tom Perez, who has only been on the job since July.

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