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Virginia Woman Claims State Sex Offender Registry Is Unconstitutional

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The Supreme Court is expected to consider taking up a case today involving a Virginia woman who claims the state's sex offender registry law is unconstitutional.

The woman was convicted in 1993 of unlawful sex with a teenager under 16 and served 30 days in prison. But in 2008, the state passed a new law that reclassified her as a violent sex offender.

The reclassification subjects her to new restrictions, including a ban on entering school property without seeking permission from state courts and the local school board.

The woman says that process unfairly risks revealing her children's identity and could take years to resolve.

Lower courts have rejected her case on procedural grounds, saying she failed to first exhaust state remedies.

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Taking Great Photos On Vacation Or "Staycation"

Professional photographers give us the latest on cameras, smart phones and shooting tips for great vacation photos this summer -- and every day.

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Squeezed By Drought, California Farmers Switch To Less Thirsty Crops

Water scarcity is leading farmers away from planting staples and towards planting higher-value, lower-water specialty crops. Think wine grapes and pomegranates instead of citrus and avocados.
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Obama's Trip To Africa & Foreign Aid

By visiting Africa this month, President Obama is drawing attention to one of the diplomatic tools that most directly shapes America's relationships with other countries: foreign aid and assistance. But now all policy makers at home feel the United States is pursuing the soundest strategy when it comes to providing aid abroad. We explore the issue with the official in charge of the Africa portfolio for the United States Agency for International Development.

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Taking Great Photos On Vacation Or "Staycation"

Professional photographers give us the latest on cameras, smart phones and shooting tips for great vacation photos this summer -- and every day.

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