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In December, Freddie Mac CEO Charles Haldeman (from left), FHFA acting Director Edward DeMarco and Fannie Mae CEO Michael Williams testified on Capitol Hill about the Federal Housing Finance Agency's performance. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Business

Potential Conflicts At Freddie Mac Draw Scrutiny

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Potential Conflicts At Freddie Mac Draw Scrutiny

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Chuck Taylor All Stars are common on the streets of Shanghai. Xuan Zhihui, 62, a retiree from a state-owned factory, wears her daughter's hand-me-down sneakers, which are 15 years old. She says they're really comfortable. Frank Langfitt/NPR hide caption

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Asia

China Laces Up Its Chuck Taylors

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China Laces Up Its Chuck Taylors

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Members of the Egyptian military stand guard as officials raid the offices of a nongovernmental organization in Cairo. Egyptian investigating judges referred international NGO workers to trial for allegedly being involved in banned activities and illegally receiving foreign funds, security officials said. Mohammed Asad/AP hide caption

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Middle East

What Do Democracy Promoters Actually Do?

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What Do Democracy Promoters Actually Do?

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In a study, patients with Parkinson's disease, a progressive nervous-system disorder, had fewer falls after taking up Tai Chi. iStockphoto hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Tai Chi May Help Parkinson's Patients Regain Balance

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Tai Chi May Help Parkinson's Patients Regain Balance

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Jared Angle and Janie Taylor perform in George Balanchine's Symphony in Three Movements. Paul Kolnik hide caption

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Music Interviews

A Ballet Dancer's Workout Music? Classical, Of Course

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A Ballet Dancer's Workout Music? Classical, Of Course

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