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Meryl Davis and Charlie White compete in the 2014 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Boston earlier this month.

Can This 'Perfect Match' Dance Their Way To Gold?

At the Arctic Edge skating rink 30 miles northwest of Detroit, the team that's won every major ice dance competition in the past few years is leaving the ice separately. But Meryl Davis and Charlie White are never far apart for long.

"It's freaky, I mean, how often that we are just reading each other's minds and, like, say the same thing at the exact same time," says White.

"Yeah, it's a little weird," says Davis, laughing. "But it makes it easier."

UPS has told workers that it will no longer offer health coverage for spouses who have their own job-based insurance. Above, a UPS driver makes a delivery in North Andover, Mass.

Cutting Spousal Benefits Might Not Save Firms Money After All

One of the latest trends for employers looking to save money on health care benefits is to cut back on coverage of their employees' spouses.

Some companies are simply charging more for spouses who work and are eligible for coverage at their own job. Others, like UPS, are dropping spousal coverage entirely.

U.N. mediator Lakhdar Brahimi, center, arrives for a press briefing at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland on  Saturday.

Mediator: 'Haven't Achieved Much' At Syrian Peace Talks

U.N. mediator Lakhdar Brahimi has acknowledged that the first day of face-to-face talks between representatives of Syria's government and the opposition coalition failed to yield anything in the way of results.

"We haven't achieved much," Brahimi said following the day's discussions. "But, we are continuing."

"The situation is very difficult and very, very complicated, and we are moving not in steps, but half-steps," he said.

The Associated Press described the talks, which are set to resume on Sunday, as "painstakingly choreographed."

West Virginians Confused About Water Safety, Despite State's All Clear

Ukrainian President Stuns Protesters With Offer Of Government Jobs

Syria Grants Rare But Scripted Glimpse To Western Journalists

Syrian Government, Opposition Begin Peace Talks With 'Half Steps'

Three Years After Uprising, Egypt Remains Deeply Divided

Anti-military protesters run away from tear gas fired by riot police near the Ramsis square, downtown Cairo, Egypt, on Saturday.

Nearly 30 Killed As Egypt Celebrates Revolution's Anniversary

Thousands of Egyptians poured onto the streets to celebrate the third anniversary of the 2011 uprising that brought an end to President Hosni Mubarak's regime, but the festivities were marred by violence as security forces crushed counter-demonstrations aimed at the military.

At least 29 protesters were killed, according to health officials.

How Vaccine Fears Fueled The Resurgence Of Preventable Diseases

For most of us, measles and whooping cough are diseases of the past. You get a few shots as a kid and then hardly think about them again.

But that's not the case in all parts of the world — not even parts of the U.S.

As an interactive map from the Council on Foreign Relations illustrates, several diseases that are easily prevented with vaccines have made a comeback in the past few years. Their resurgence coincides with changes in perceptions about vaccine safety.

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