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The Democratic Party has a new leader. Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez was elected the new chairman of the Democratic National Committee on Saturday.

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You may have noticed curvier bodies are slowly making their way onto billboards and fashion magazines.

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Headstones Vandalized At Jewish Cemetery In Philadelphia

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Philadelphia police say approximately 100 headstones have been damaged at a Jewish cemetery in the northeastern part of the city. The vandalism occurred less than a week after a similar episode in a Jewish cemetery near St. Louis, where more than 150 graves were targeted.

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Chas Sisk

Nashville, Tennessee, is growing fast. As many as 85 people a day move into the city and its suburbs. That's meant congestion, deteriorating roads and scores of overstressed bridges.

So some say this is a good time to raise Tennessee's gas tax, the 10th-lowest in the nation. But not Tricia Stickel, president of the Maury County Tea Party.

'People's Court' Judge Joseph Wapner Dies At 97

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Retired Los Angeles Judge Joseph Wapner presided over The People's Court from 1981 to 1993 — deciding real, small-claims cases.

The judge's son, David Wapner, told The Associated Press that his father died at home in his sleep after being hospitalized a week ago with breathing problems. He had been under home hospice care.

Wapner auditioned for The People's Court shortly after retiring in 1979 from Los Angeles courts, where he had been a judge for more than 20 years.

Navy Secretary Nominee Withdraws From Consideration

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President Donald Trump's nominee to be secretary of the Navy, Philip Bilden, withdrew from consideration Sunday.

In a statement, Bilden said he supports Trump's agenda:

"However, after an extensive review process, I have determined that I will not be able to satisfy the Office of Government Ethics requirements without undue disruption and materially adverse divestment of my family's private financial interests."

Defense Secretary James Mattis said in a statement:

Border adjustment tax plan gets mixed reception

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Republican plans to change the corporate tax structure include a border adjustment tax. It will impact how imports and exports are taxed. The proposal is causing a lot of uncertainty in the oil and gas industry, and while some energy companies support the move, others oppose it.  

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Baby boomers retrain in sought-after skills

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Amy Scott

When Joe Snyder was 23 years old with just a high school diploma, he got a job at auto parts supplier Dana Corp. in Reading, Pennsylvania, as a press operator.

“I worked there for 17 years, and they closed the plant and moved some things to Mexico, Venezuela,” he said.

02/27/17: The next generation of mobile tech

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Marketplace

5G tech, the next generation of cell service that will bring us even faster internet, is approaching. Michael Nunez, tech editor at Gizmodo, breaks down how telephone technology has evolved over the course of history. Afterwards, Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince joins us to discuss a bug found in the company's code. 

02/27/17: And best picture goes to 'Moonlight'

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Marketplace

During last night's Oscars telecast, the award for best picture mistakenly went to "La La Land" instead of "Moonlight." We'll take a look at the accounting firm behind the vote tallies. Next, we'll discuss a fund that will compensate overseas victims of terror attacks, and then explore how some baby boomers are starting to retrain so they can gain in-demand skills.

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