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DirecTV Drops Weather Channel From Satellite Lineup

The satellite broadcaster dropped the channel after the two companies couldn't agree on a new distribution deal. The Weather Channel has diversified its programming from continuous weather coverage to include reality TV shows and documentaries. It's a change DirecTV said its subscribers were concerned about.
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Iranian News Agency: Snowden Reveals Alien Plot

The semi-official FARS News Agency repeated a conspiracy theory on the web. The story claims space aliens have taken over the U.S. They have run America since 1945, having previously run Nazi Germany.
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Discovering Grief And Freedom In A Family's History Of Slavery

Robert Goins was tracing his genealogy when he found his ancestors' names listed among livestock and farm implements in a plantation ledger. With that painful discovery, he kept digging until he found a very different story: that of a great-great-great-grandfather who lived as a freeman.
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Nearly Six Decades Later, Integration Remains A Work In Progress

In Little Rock, Ark., a federal judge approved a settlement that brings an end to a landmark school desegregation case. The case dates back to 1957, when nine black students integrated Central High School, which up until that point was all-white. But after 60 years of desegregation efforts, are the classes really integrated?
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As Egypt Votes On New Constitution, Space For Dissent Closes

The government is cracking down on the Muslim Brotherhood and youth activists associated with the 2011 revolution in what many analysts say is a full-blown counterrevolution. Egypt's path to democracy is in doubt. Yet for many Egyptians, stability trumps democracy — at least for now.
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U.S. High Court Hears Arguments On Recess Appointments

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on Monday challenging the presidential practice appointing federal officials during the Senate's break periods. At issue today were three recess appointments President Obama had made to the National Labor Relations Board.
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Arizona Abortion Law Remains Ruled As Unconstitutional

On Monday morning, the U.S. Supreme Court declined the state of Arizona's request to review a recent appeals court ruling, which had struck down the state's law banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The decision effectively blocks the law permanently, since the U.S. Court of Appeals found it unconstitutional.
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High Court's Pass On 'Fetal Pain' Abortion Case Unlikely To Cool Debate

The Supreme Court's decision not to review a lower court ruling on Arizona's "fetal pain" law has abortion rights advocates hailing the move as a signal the court isn't inclined to take on the 40-year precedent of Roe v. Wade.
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Side Effect Of Legal Pot: Police Budgets Take A Hit

Some states view legalizing marijuana as a way to find new tax revenue. But decriminalization can also remove a strong funding source for police: property forfeitures from drug dealers.
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Supreme Court Declines To Consider Arizona Abortion Law

The high court declined the state's request to review a lower court ruling that struck down its ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. That effectively blocks the law permanently, since the appeals court found it unconstitutional.

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