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Carol Marx

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. - Carol Atkinson Carson Marx of Laguna Beach, CA died August 13, 2014. She was born in Augusta, Ga., on August 20, 1943 and was the daughter of the late Henry Getzen Grady Atkinson and the late Ruth Watkins Atkinson Bennett.
Minimum-wage mess

The act that required the federal minimum wage to be raised to $7.25 an hour by 2010 eased into law as a rider to a congressional omnibus spending bill in 2007.
Decline in ozone harming chemicals mostly due to drop in one solvent

The level of ozone-depleting chemicals in the atmosphere is falling, mostly because of reductions in one solvent, meaning further cuts can occur only if emissions of other chemicals are lowered, researchers say. "We have made progress, but we're not out of the woods yet," said Stephen A. Montzka of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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Ultrasound offers a new view for cancer treatment

Dr. Shanker Mukherjee has seen where few have seen before. Without setting foot in outer space, shrinking to the size of a microbe or dabbling in science fiction, the Easton, Pa., gastroenterologist has taken some fantastic journeys. Dr. Mukherjee uses a new diagnostic technique known as endoscopic ultrasound, or EUS, which allows doctors to see into areas of the body that were until recently nearly impossible to image.
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Study: Memory can get stressed out

A team of researchers has come up with an explanation for something many test takers, public speakers and performers already know: Memory can fail under pressure. The scientists at the University of California at Irvine showed that an elevated level of a stress hormone hinders the ability of rats to find their way back to a hidden target. The study was to be published Thursday in the journal Nature.
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New fusion reactor may provide clean energy

Researchers believe they have an answer to the world's mounting energy problem, and it's not the $10 billion experimental fusion reactor community leaders in the Aiken-Augusta area want for Savannah River Site. Their proposal: a cheaper and much smaller fusion machine they claim will produce enough electricity to power a city the size of Augusta for just a few dollars a day. Operating the reactor would not involve the hazards or yield the radioactive waste normally associated with nuclear power, they say.
DNA gets its decade in court

It was one of those chance-in-a-million things. Not long after she was raped, an Indiana woman thought she spotted her assailant on the street. Police arrested the man, took his blood and sent it to a crime lab for DNA analysis. Robert Flowers said he hadn't committed the crime, and lab results showed he was telling the truth: His DNA didn't match the rapist's. But it came so close, the laboratory just had to ask - could Robert Flowers have a brother? He could, and he did. And, eventually, Robert's look-alike brother was convicted of the rape.
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SC, 3 others fight federal union law threat

Four states are vowing to fight the federal government in a bid to preserve state measures that guarantee workers the right to secret ballots in union elections.
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Kay Ryan wins $100,000 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize

NEW YORK -- Like many poets, Kay Ryan values time more than money - a preference that has left her savings account lean.
Mozart music may not make you smarter

A Mozart sonata may lift the soul, but it won't make listeners any smarter, according to two studies that challenge previous research and popular belief about the effect of music on intelligence.\r
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