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Are amusement park rides safe? The surprising answer

A roller coaster in Texas took the life of a woman Friday. The incident revealed the patchwork nature of amusement park safety regulation.Full story

Edward Markey sworn in to Senate

  Edward Markey became the newest member of the U.S. Senate Tuesday, after serving 37 years in the House. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

Mass. Senate candidates make final push before election

Rep. Ed Markey and Gabriel Gomez continue to push hard on the campaign trail on the eve of the Massachusetts special election to fill John Kerry's Senate seat. Full story

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  First Read Minute: Bay State Battle

As President Obama campaigns for Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) in Boston Wednesday, NBC’s Mark Murray and Domenico Montanaro examine the Senate special election in Massachusetts, and weigh the differences between the current Markey-Gomez match up, and the Coakley-Brown match-up of 2010.

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