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Top Stories: Organized rapes by militants are on the rise again in Somalia as famine and war are driving more and more people from their traditional homes. Americans continue to battle over the role of religion in schools, 50 years after the Supreme Court ruled school prayer illegal, a ruling that is routinely violated in many districts.
Politics: Mitt Romney's attempts to loosen up on the campaign trail have had mixed success, with the candidate asking bizarre questions and dropping odd details into his conversations with voters.
U.S.: Twenty-one percent of households in Mountrail County, North Dakota, earn more than $100,000 a year, thanks to an oil boom that has enriched some while leaving others with nothing. A revival of the after-hours party scene in Los Angeles, where alcohol sales are officially banned after 2 a.m.
World: A fight has emerged in Israel about religious extremism after hardline Orthodox Jews insulted and spit on a eight-year-old girl for her "immodest" dress.
Health: You know a high-sodium diet is bad for you, but research suggests that what really matters is the ratio of sodium to potassium, which offsets many of salt's worst effects.. The high failure rate of all-metal artificial hips will cost the health care establishment (and taxpayers) billions in lawsuits and replacement costs.
Opinion: Another plea to continue vaccinations, for the sake of others, via herd immunity.
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