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Most Attractive Accent? The Southern Drawl, Y'All

The dating site Cupid.com has released a survey rating regional accents. The most attractive accent in North America is the Southern drawl. The New York accent came in second. Rounding out the top 5: the New Jersey, Boston and Western accents.
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After Four Decades, Cuomo Finally Watches 'The Godfather'

When the movie The Godfather came out in 1972, a young New York lawyer and future governor named Mario Cuomo didn't see it. He objected to stereotyping Italian-Americans as mobsters. But as first reported by The New York Times, Cuomo has finally ended his 41-year boycott and had a look.
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At Walt Disney World, Mickey Breaks His Silence

Walt Disney World in Orlando announced this week that after four decades of awkward silence, Mickey Mouse is now talking to visitors. Mickey hasn't spoken individually to guests at Orlando's Magic Kingdom since it opened in 1971.
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Why Is Saudi Arabia Bickering With The U.S.?

The U.S. and Saudi Arabia are close allies, and when there's a problem, it's usually handled quietly. But in a rare display of public anger, the Saudis are expressing their strong opposition to U.S. policies toward Syria and Iran.
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What Congress Can Learn From Mayors

Mesa, Ariz., Mayor Scott Smith, who is also president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, talks with David Greene about the challenges Washington's perpetual crises create for cities and what he thinks D.C. can learn from the way mayors govern.
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States' Refusal To Expand Medicaid May Leave Millions Uninsured

The idea was that Medicaid would expand to include people not covered under the Affordable Care Act. But many states have chosen not to expand coverage, despite financial incentives from the federal government. That may leave millions of people without any health coverage at all.
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It's City Vs. Creditors In Detroit Bankruptcy Trial

Grappling with $18 billion in long-term debt, Detroit makes it case for bankruptcy in court Wednesday. The business community says Chapter 9 protection will help the city turn itself around, but some big creditors will testify that the city hasn't done enough to find the money it needs.
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For Democrats, Obamacare Web Woes Create 2014 Headache

When House Democrats are briefed about the implementation of the Affordable Care Act Wednesday, they'll be looking for assurances that the federal website's problems will be ironed out.
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The Sounds Of New York City, Circa 1920

A team led by Emily Thompson, a history professor at Princeton, has matched noise complaints from New York City in the Roaring '20s with the actual street sounds of the day.
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NGOs Call US Drone Program Illegal In Damning Reports

Two reports out today criticize the U.S. counterterrorism drone program and claim that the attacks kill many more civilians than the U.S. has acknowledged. The group Human Rights Watch studied six cases in Yemen. Amnesty International examined drone strikes in Pakistan during the past year and a half. Both groups accuse the U.S. of violating international law and call on the U.S. to make the secret drone program more transparent to the public.

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