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Obama Hopes To Seize Momentum For Criminal Justice Reform

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 4:05am

"Frankly, we've done a pretty good job on some big pieces of business, which then allows me also to focus on some issues that we might have been working on quietly," Obama told NPR.

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12 Ancient Giants: An Ode To The Enormous And Extinct

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 4:03am

A dragonfly with a 2-foot wingspan? A sloth the size of an elephant? Skunk Bear's latest video introduces the enormous, ancient relatives of modern animals — all in rhyming verse. Of course.

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Whistleblower Says Medicare Advantage Plans Padded Charges In Home Visits

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 4:03am

Medicare Advantage health plans are privately run, but reimbursed by Medicare. A Texas lawsuit claims that, to inflate charges, 30 Advantage plans in 15 states exaggerated how sick patients were.

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'Little House On The Prairie' Actress Runs For Congress. Can She Win?

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 4:03am

Little House on the Prairie star Melissa Gilbert is running for a congressional seat in Michigan. She's the latest in a long line of celebrities with political aspirations.

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Deford: When 'Deflategate' Dust Settles, Put Goodell Out To Pasture

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 4:01am

As NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and star quarterback Tom Brady head to court over "deflategate," commentator Frank Deford says it's time for Goodell to be replaced in the league's front office.

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Hillary Clinton Decides To Release Private Email Server To Justice Department

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 6:54pm

Clinton directed her staff to turn over the private email server she used as secretary of state after questions were raised about possible classified information in emails sent from the server.

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Clinton Directs Team To Release Private Email Server She Used As Secretary Of State

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 6:51pm

Hillary Clinton, who is a Democratic presidential candidate, will also turn over a USB drive holding copies of the 30,000 emails she has turned over to the State Department.

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Court Strikes Down New Hampshire's Ban On Selfies In The Voting Booth

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 6:02pm

A federal judge isn't swayed by concerns that voters could be pressured to cast ballots for certain candidates and post the proof on social media. He says the law violates guarantees of free speech.

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LA Rolls Out Water-Saving 'Shade Balls'

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 5:41pm

In an effort to meet EPA regulations, conserve water and prevent algae growth in the Los Angeles Reservoir, officials are using 96 million plastic balls to cover the water's surface.

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Attention, Trump: Some Cultures Treat Menstruation With Respect

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 5:34pm

The candidate has created a "menstruation moment" with his apparent implication (later denied) that a Fox News anchor who asked tough questions was having her period.

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New Orleans' Overall Crime Rate Has Fallen. Why Are People So Frustrated?

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 5:32pm

Despite other gains, New Orleans' murder rate, which hit a 40-year low last year, is on the rise again and remains nearly quadruple that of other cities its size. Residents say police need to do more.

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Rick Perry's Campaign: We're Not Dead Yet

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 5:03pm

Four years ago, the Texas governor was sitting atop the GOP presidential polls. Now, his campaign has run out of money, and he's struggling to survive. But loyalists say there's still a path forward.

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One Professor's Presidential Crusade To Get Rid of Big Money In Politics

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 4:56pm

Larry Lessig wants to crowdsource $1 million for his White House bid, which he says he would use to bring attention to political money and "fix this rigged system."

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China Cut Its Currency — And Touched Your Life. Here's How.

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 4:46pm

China lowered the value of the yuan, and that sent all sorts of prices lower. So you may soon be paying less for gas, food and lumber. But there are downsides too: U.S. stocks fell hard.

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