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As Ballot Deadline Looms, A Muddied Debate Over Colo. Fracking

Colorado is embroiled in debate over how to regulate oil and gas development. Up to four energy-related issues could be on the November ballot, and the run-up is causing confusion among voters.

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Magician Kenrick 'ICE' McDonald Sees The Light In The 'Dark Arts'

As the son of a preacher, McDonald often had to practice his magic tricks in secret while he was growing up. Now he's the first black president of the Society of American Magicians.

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One Step To Combat Obesity: Make Stairs More Attractive

In modern buildings, stairs are often stuck in a corner, ugly and hard to find. Now some architects want to return to the days when stairways were grand — focal points that people wanted to climb.

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Africa's Leaders Aim To Change Perception Of The Continent

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Getting Spooky With Spoon

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The American President And A Little Town Called Obama, Japan

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Proposed Gondola For Grand Canyon's Rim Has Community On Edge

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The Awakening of a Woman (Burnout) The Cinematic Orchestra
Thinking The Meters

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Is There Any Empathy Left In The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?

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As Ballot Deadline Looms, A Muddied Debate Over Colo. Fracking

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A Tax Bill Killed By The Push And Pull Of Politics On The Hill

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Magician Kenrick 'ICE' McDonald Sees The Light In The 'Dark Arts'

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