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Saturday, March 2, 2013

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Kevin McNamara, 44, switched to a vegan diet after bypass surgery last year to open two blocked arteries, but they have never been rigorously tested for their impact.
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Kevin McNamara, 44, switched to a vegan diet after bypass surgery last year to open two blocked arteries, but they have never been rigorously tested for their impact.

A study has infused the field of cardiovascular medicine with optimism, as scientists are calling for similarly rigorous studies of other popular diets.

A University Steak to Go With That Sweatshirt?

Washington State is the latest college to enter the meat market, offering premium beef, alongside its longtime staple, Cougar Gold, cheese in a can.

Spending Cuts Imposed; U.S. Starts to Trim Its Budget

President Obama formally triggered the across-the-board reductions late Friday night after failing to persuade Congressional Republicans to replace them with a mix of cuts and tax increases.

Growth of Sinkhole That Devoured Florida Man Threatens More Destruction

Engineers returned to do more tests at a hole that had grown to 20 feet deep and 30 feet wide and that officials said was “seriously unstable.”

Russians Renew Fury After Death of Adopted Boy in Texas Is Ruled Accidental

Texas officials said that so far they had found no reason to file criminal charges against the adoptive mother of a Russian boy.

California Governor Denies Parole for Manson Follower

Gov. Jerry Brown said the inmate, Bruce Davis, had more to disclose about the killings in which he was involved.

A Divide on Voting Rights in a Town Where Blood Spilled

McComb, Miss., was a battleground in the war for voting rights in the South. Residents disagree over whether their state and eight others need federal approval for changes.

Michigan Naming Fiscal Manager to Help Detroit

Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan announced on Friday that the city of Detroit is so snarled in financial woes that the state must appoint an emergency manager to lead it out of disaster.

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Report May Ease Path for New Pipeline

A revised federal statement on the Keystone XL pipeline offers no environmental reasons that it should not be built, giving President Obama political cover to approve it.

Outside Box, Federal Judges Offer Addicts a Free Path

In federal courts in eight states including New York, “drug courts” for some defendants in nonviolent crimes have been embraced by a judiciary bristling at rigid sentencing guidelines.

Soldier to Face More Serious Charges in Leak

Despite a guilty plea, military prosecutors decided to proceed with a court-martial that could result in a sentence of life without parole for Pfc. Bradley Manning.

Under Fire, the Mayor of Pittsburgh Quits Race

Luke Ravenstahl abruptly dropped his bid for re-election amid a federal investigation of the city’s Police Department.

Ex-College Quarterback Is Acquitted of Rape in Montana

A former quarterback for the University of Montana was acquitted Friday of rape in a trial that riveted the city of Missoula.

Beliefs

Church, State and Bible Class in Texas

Despite efforts to integrate other religions at Texas public schools, teachers are not doing enough to make their classes welcoming to all beliefs, a study has shown.

Political Memo

Deep Philosophical Divide Underlies the Impasse

At bottom, the standoff over cuts pits Democrats’ wish to cushion market outcomes against Republicans’ desire to limit government.

A Symbol of Liberty, Strength and Budget Fights

When budget cuts have loomed, politicians have long warned that the Washington Monument might have to be closed. That tactic is of limited value now, as it is closed for repairs.

Despite the Dysfunction, Congress Still Has Fans

Very few people seem to like Congress much these days. Those who do talk about why.

Multimedia

Interactive Feature: Faces of the Dead

Nearly nine years passed before American forces reached their first 1,000 dead in the war in Afghanistan. The second 1,000 came just 27 months later, after a troop surge in 2010.

Interactive Feature: Explore the Subsidies

Browse a database of business incentives awarded by hundreds of cities, counties and states compiled during a 10-month investigation by The New York Times.

Interactive Map: The Geography of Government Benefits

See the share of Americans’ income that comes from government benefit programs like Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, veterans’ benefits and food stamps.

Part I

Attacked at 19 by an Air Force Trainer, and Speaking Out

Virginia Messick is the first victim of a sexual assault scandal at Lackland Air Force Base to discuss what she has endured.

Part II

Trauma Sets Female Veterans Adrift Back Home

Returning servicewomen are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population, an often-invisible group bouncing between friends’ sofas and shelters.

From the Magazine

How to Spend 47 Hours on a Train and Not Go Crazy

On a train trip across America, incredible subcultures take shape. Then vanish.

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From the Schoolhouse to the Factory Floor, Girding for Cuts

As $85 billion in spending cuts loom, people across the country who rely on government services have been trying to fathom what it would mean for them.

The Hard Road Back

A series of articles and videos chronicling the experiences of military veterans who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan but continue to confront the medical and psychological scars of battle.

This series examines the expectations, disappointments and challenges that shape the lives of Donna Dove, her customers and the city they know intimately, Elyria, Ohio.

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