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Dr. Ben Carson to leave medicine, hints at politics

Dr. Ben Carson to leave medicine, hints at politics

OXON HILL, Maryland – Dr. Benjamin Carson, the neurosurgeon who made headlines in February for making political statements during his address at the National Prayer Breakfast, said Saturday he was leaving medicine and pursuing other opportunities, which could include politics.

Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference outside Washington, Carson said he was ending his medical career "while I'm on top," making the comparison to airplane pilots who retire before crashing.

"There are so many more things that can be done," Carson said, pointing to his educational foundation Carson's Scholars.

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  • Written by Kevin Liptak/CNN
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Exoskeleton allows paraplegics to walk

The idea of "wearable robots" may seem like something out of a movie, but this technology is already being used in real life.

Started as a project for the military, the exoskeleton has transformed from a device designed to allow soldiers to lift heavy loads and walk further to one that enables people with disabilities to step out of wheelchairs and stand upright.

The "Ekso" is a bionic exoskeleton developed by Ekso Bionics that gives paraplegics upright mobility. While the commercial version of the Ekso has recently been made available to hospitals and rehabilitation centers, the company hopes to make the technology more accessible so that people can use it at home and in their everyday lives, with a personal version releasing in 2014.

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  • Written by Matthew Gannon/CNN
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Sixth grader takes $20,000 to school

Plenty of questions arose after a 12-year-old girl reportedly handed cash out to her classmates in a Taylor, Mich. school.

ABC affiliate WXYZ reports the girl took $20,000 in cash to school in a backpack on Monday (March 11.)

The girl reportedly gave $200 to one student and $500 to another. That's when school officials found out about the money and the school principal called police.

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Congressional Black Caucus ‘disappointed’ in President Obama’s Cabinet picks

Congressional Black Caucus ‘disappointed’ in President Obama’s Cabinet picks

Rep. Marcia Fudge, chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, expressed concern in a letter to President Barack Obama over the lack of African Americans among his new Cabinet picks.

"Congressional Black Caucus offices have had numerous phone calls from constituents questioning why none of the new appointees will be able to speak to the unique needs of African Americans," Fudge, D-Ohio, wrote. "Their ire is compounded by the overwhelming support you've received from the African American community."

The president faced criticism at the beginning of the year when he picked white males for some of the highest spots in the administration, including secretary of state, treasury secretary, defense secretary and chief of staff (the latter of which has the status of Cabinet-rank).

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Memphis natives, youngest black gay couple marries

Memphis natives, youngest black gay couple marries

David Anderson, 19, and Tre'Darrius Anderson, 20, were born and raised in Memphis. They met in July of 2010. Their love story began that day.

On Dec. 7, 2012, David and Tre'Darrius took a flight to

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  • Written by Roz Edward, National Content Director
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Republicans, while skeptical, welcome Obama outreach

Republicans, while skeptical, welcome Obama outreach

WASHINGTON – Whatever you choose to call it – a charm offensive, an olive branch or just dinner – President Barack Obama's outreach to congressional Republicans is certainly a change of pace.

And on Sunday, those Republicans seemed guardedly optimistic the new approach from the White House could work, though they were quick to acknowledge that no amount of broiled sea bass could produce the kind of compromise that's eluded the two sides since Republicans took control of the House in 2010.

"This is the first time I've ever had a conversation with the president lasting more than, say, two minutes or televised exchanges," said Rep. Paul Ryan, who sat down to that broiled sea bass with Obama at the White House on Thursday.

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Writer decries rape culture, then is threatened with rape

Writer decries rape culture, then is threatened with rape

Last Tuesday, political strategist and writer Zerlina Maxwell appeared on Fox News' "The Sean Hannity Show" and said women should not have to get guns to protect themselves from rapists. The onus to stop the behavior, she explained, is not on the victim, but the attacker.

After her remarks, she became a lightning rod for criticism and threats, she writes at Feministing.

"Obviously, I disagreed. Giving every woman a gun is not rape prevention. If a woman chooses to go out and buy a legal gun for self-defense, that's fine. But that shouldn't be confused with actual prevention, which is really about stopping rapes before they happen and focusing on the sole party responsible: the rapist.

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