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Tue December 6, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Bedbug Infestations Are A Family Affair

Originally published on Thu December 8, 2011 6:47 am

Often times, bed bug infestations stem from a succession of inbreeding from one female's progeny.

Bedbugs don't mind sleeping with their sisters and brothers, if you know what I mean.

And bedbugs' eagerness to mate with their kin is one reason their populations have taken off so dramatically. Inbreeding comes naturally to them, and it doesn't seem to hurt their offspring much, as is the case with most other creatures.

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Tue December 6, 2011
The Two-Way

U.S. Ambassador Returning To Syria

Originally published on Tue December 6, 2011 9:14 am

U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford on June 20, 2011, in Jisr al-Shughur, Syria.
Louai Beshara AFP/Getty Images

"Ambassador Robert Ford has completed his consultations in Washington and is returning to Syria," the State Department confirms on its official Twitter page.

He left there the weekend of Oct. 22 because of what State said had been "credible threats against his personal safety."

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Tue December 6, 2011
The Two-Way

Green Bay Packers Stock Is Hot As Sale Begins

Originally published on Tue December 6, 2011 8:44 am

Packers fans do love their team.
Scott Boehm Getty Images

They're Super Bowl champions. They're 12-0 this season.

And they're hot with investors (sort of).

Things couldn't be much better for the Green Bay Packers. And this morning we're hearing that the team's fifth sale of stock in its 92-year history is going very well.

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Tue December 6, 2011
It's All Politics

Newt Gingrich, GOP Frontrunner, Plays Campaign Cash Catch Up

Originally published on Tue December 6, 2011 9:54 am

Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks with a supporter in New York City, Monday, Dec. 5, 2011.
Seth Wenig AP

When it comes to polls, Newt Gingrich is a strong frontrunner. New surveys in Iowa and South Carolina show him lapping the rest of the Republican presidential field and holding strong double digit leads.

But when it comes to money, the essential for running an effective modern campaign, Gingrich is still not a top-tier candidate.

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Tue December 6, 2011
The Two-Way

Gingrich Takes Lead In New Iowa Poll

Originally published on Tue December 6, 2011 8:32 am

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

With the Jan. 3 Iowa Republican caucuses set to kick off the "real" battle for the party's presidential nomination, there's word that:

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