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World's Largest Banana Museum Forced To Split

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Colleges Turn To E-Acceptance Letters

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Millions In Student Aid Going Unused

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Obama Opens Up East Coast For Offshore Drilling

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California Seeks To Expand Black Bear Hunting

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In the wake of its own scandal almost a decade ago, the Catholic Church in the U.S. says it has reformed its policies for handling sexual abuse allegations and will remove from ministry every priest who is credibly accused of abuse. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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U.S. Bishops Quietly Reinstate Accused Priests

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Where To Worship? Church Reviews Go Online

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Female Politicians 'Too Busy' For Affairs

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The Villages retirement community in central Florida had 8,000 residents in 2000 — now it has 80,000, and it continues to grow. Julia Robertson/www.aeroimaging.org hide caption

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