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Sat May 24, 2014
Around the Nation

Second Summer Post-Sandy, Jersey Shore Hopes For Tourist Boom

Originally published on Mon May 26, 2014 11:11 am

A couple strolls on the rebuilt boardwalk in Seaside Heights on May 12. As the second summer after Superstorm Sandy arrives, some are hoping for banner business.
Wayne Parry AP

Memorial Day weekend kicks off the peak tourism season on the Jersey Shore, an area that's still rebuilding a year and a half after Superstorm Sandy.

Last summer, business owners rushed to reopen — and they largely succeeded. But homeowners struggled to repair and rent their properties.

This year, homeowners are a lot more optimistic. But before we get to this summer, let's recap last year's season. Both statistics and anecdotes suggest the tourism industry had mixed results.

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Sat May 24, 2014

Conservatives Brainstorm To Win Voters In The Middle

Originally published on Sat May 24, 2014 12:09 pm

Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., says that Great Society social programs aren't helping working people.
Jose Luis Magana AP

Election watchers say Republicans could take control of the Senate this fall. At the same time, many of these same analysts see problems for the Grand Old Party in the longer term.

Republican voters tend to be white, older and more affluent, and their share of the overall population is shrinking. That's why at least some conservatives think it's time for the party to broaden its appeal to the middle class.

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Sat May 24, 2014
Garden Report

Picking Up The Pieces From A Hail Damaged Garden

Hail damage to plants may initially appear beyond repair, but many will survive the onslaught if delicately cared for.
Credit Dean Shareski / Flickr - Creative Commons

Gardeners battle all sorts of conditions in an effort to get things to grow. Hailstorms pose a unique challenge to healing injured plants. After surveying a garden following a severe storm it may appear all is lost, but the fresh frustrations after the storm can make it seem much worse than it actually is.

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Sat May 17, 2014
Shots - Health News

High Charges By Doctors May Or May Not Be Red Flags For Fraud

Originally published on Sat May 17, 2014 9:29 am

Doctors who bill the federal government for a lot of services may be gaming the system, but there also may be a reasonable explanation.
Aslan Alphan Getty Images

That which walks like a duck, and talks like a duck, is not always actually a duck.

That's the argument the American Medical Association has been using for decades to block public access to doctors' Medicare billing records. The AMA worries that people and the press will misinterpret the numbers when they see how doctors bill the government's $500 billion health care program for the elderly and disabled, and that doctors who are doing nothing wrong could be unfairly accused of fraud.

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Sat May 17, 2014
The Garden Report

Dandelions: Nutritious Food Or Pesky Weed?

New research points to the dandelion's potential as a cash crop.
Credit Caruba / Flickr - Creative Commons

It’s a lowly herb with more iron than spinach and more vitamin C than lettuce, yet we spend millions of dollars in energy and chemicals to eradicate it.

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