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5:44pm

Tue July 2, 2013
Health Care

Affordable Care Act's Employer Mandate Delayed

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 7:12 pm

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5:30pm

Tue July 2, 2013
Author Interviews

The Tragic Story Of 'Traviata' Muse Marie Duplessis

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 7:12 pm

Ross MacGibbon Collection of Musee de la Dame aux Camellias

You may not know the name Marie Duplessis, but odds are you know some stories about her. She inspired a French novel, which was turned into a successful play, several movies (including one starring Greta Garbo), a ballet and, most famously, a great Italian opera — La Traviata.

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4:18pm

Tue July 2, 2013
Science

15-Ton Particle Ring Travels To Chicago By Land And By Sea

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 7:12 pm

The Muon g-2 is very powerful electromagnet that creates a strong magnetic field, allowing scientists to store a special particle.
Charles Lane WSHU

It looks almost like the Millennium Falcon, creeping ever so slowing, taking up the entire roadway on New York's Long Island. A team of spotters walks alongside, calling out trees that need cutting and road signs that need to be taken down.

Its name is the Muon g-2 (pronounced g minus two) and it's a very powerful electromagnetic ring capable of carrying 5,200 amps of current, says Chris Polly, the lead scientist for the ring's experiments.

"It creates a very strong magnetic field that allows us to store a special particle called a muon," he says.

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4:09pm

Tue July 2, 2013
U.S.

After DOMA Ruling, Government Scrambles To Adjust

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 7:12 pm

Naomi Hendrix (right) and Rio Waller exchange their wedding vows in a small garden across from the Fresno County Clerk's office in California on Monday.
Gosia Wozniacka AP

At gay pride events throughout the country last weekend, marchers celebrated the Supreme Court's ruling striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

Now, the rainbow flags are giving way to calculators and sharp pencils, as gay and lesbian couples start to grapple with the practical impact of what the ruling means for them.

President Obama has directed Cabinet members to implement the ruling "swiftly and smoothly" by extending federal recognition to same-sex marriages for the first time. But that will be easier for some federal agencies than others.

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4:09pm

Tue July 2, 2013
Your Money

As Mortgage Rates Rise, Homebuyers Face New Dilemma

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 7:12 pm

Mortgage interest rates have spiked recently, causing unease among potential homebuyers.
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A recent spike in mortgage rates has created a new predicament for potential homebuyers: Forge ahead and try to lock in now? Or hold off?

Dhruv Gupta was quoted a 3.5 percent rate in May while searching for a place to buy in the San Francisco area. Less than two months later, he's looking at 5.2 percent for the same loan. But this trend has not deterred Gupta.

"It's a fact of life," he says. "I mean I can't control them, so what do you do?"

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