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Some Parole Requirements Could Be Increasing The Crime Rate

Prisoners who are released invariably make it back to the areas where they came from. Does this have a positive or negative effect on crime? Research triggered by Hurricane Katrina offers insight.
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First Trial Begins For A Friend Of Marathon Bombing Suspect

Azamat Tazhayakov, a friend of suspected bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is accused of obstruction of justice. The native of Kazakhstan is denying the charges saying he cooperated with authorities.
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Stress Causes Health Problems, Which Then Cause More Stress

People under stress are more likely to have health problems, according to a poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health. That's true for caregivers, too.
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Obama To Ask Congress For $2B To Ease Immigration Crisis

The administration wants to speed deportation hearings for the flood of young Central American refugees so they aren't left waiting years for a court hearing.
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As Wire Transfer Options Dwindle, Somali-Americans Fear A Lost Lifeline

Every year, money transfer brokers help Somali-Americans send more than $200 million to family members in Somalia. But one of the few banks to support that process will soon back out.
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In Mississippi, The GOP's Not-So-Civil War Continues

As of Monday, Chris McDaniel, loser in June's Mississippi Republican Senate primary, still questioned Sen. Thad Cochran's victory, despite minuscule evidence of voter fraud.
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Washington State To Start Recreational Pot Sales On Tuesday

The state's Liquor Control Board issued the first 24 marijuana retailer licenses on Monday. Washington is the second state — after Colorado — to allow the sale of recreational marijuana.
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Teen Tries To Be The Parent His Own Dad Never Was

Marvin Ramos' father says Ramos ruined his life by having a child at 17. But while he struggles, Ramos, now 18, is determined to be an active part of his daughter's life.
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In Maine, A Gay Candidate With An Uneven Record On LGBT Rights

The state could elect the nation's first openly gay governor this fall. But Mike Michaud only recently came out, and some question whether he deserves the backing of Maine's largest gay rights group.
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Couple Revives Lost Moroccan Fig Liquor, One Bottle At A Time

Jews have made mahia, a spirit made with fermented figs, in Morocco for centuries, but the tradition has all but died out. A New York couple aims to reintroduce the drink that once connected a nation.

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