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Miami-Area Police Chief Resigns Amid Charges Of Racial Profiling

The chief's resignation comes after a store owner and residents filed a lawsuit against the city. Charges of racial profiling and civil rights abuses were bolstered by videos that showed police frisking and arresting people.
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Extended Unemployment Benefits On Track To Expire Dec. 28

A congressional vote to renew extended unemployment benefits may have to wait until the new year. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will push for it in January if a last-minute extension fails to come together.
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FBI Agents Support Bipartisan Spending Deal

The bureau, which says it's been hard-hit by sequestration cuts, hopes the compromise plan will forestall furloughs and bring it back to full capacity.
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Some Young Athletes May Be More Vulnerable To Hits To The Head

Student athletes know they need to avoid concussions. But hits that don't cause concussion symptoms can affect the brain, too. Researchers are now trying to figure out who is most at risk from those smaller hits, and if they can be warned in advance.
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Florida Man Airs Grievances With Festivus Pole In Capitol

On Wednesday, Chaz Stevens' beer can-covered pole joined a number of other displays in the state Capitol in Tallahassee. There are also a religious Nativity scene and an atheist display. Stevens says he's protesting what he sees as a flagrant disregard for the separation of church and state.
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The Things We Did And Said In 2013, According To Facebook

After a few moments of review, the top life events people reported in 2013 can read like a 10-sentence short story — perhaps a fable, or a coming-of-age tale. In the U.S., hot topics included the Super Bowl, Pope Francis, and the Harlem Shake.
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After Fight Over Colo. Gun Laws, Two Sides As Dug In As Ever

Colorado enacted several tough gun control measures after the shooting in Newtown, Conn. — and then voters ousted two lawmakers who backed those laws. One former senator says he has no regrets, while the man who helped remove him is now focused on other gun rights supporters.
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Drug Companies Accept FDA Plan To Phase Out Some Animal Antibiotic Uses

The Food and Drug Administration Wednesday advised companies to change the labels on their drugs to make it illegal for livestock producers to use drugs for "growth promotion" or "feed efficiency." The announcement is the latest step in a long-running effort by the FDA to reduce the use of antibiotics in agriculture.
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Big Batteries Needed To Make Fickle Wind And Solar Power Work

California plans to get 33 percent of its electricity from wind and solar power by 2020. But that will only work if the state can economically store some of the energy for release on cloudy, windless days.
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A Midwestern Meatpacking Town Welcomes Immigrants

Starting in the 1980s, leaders in Garden City, Kan., decided that they were going to treat the immigrant influx as a blessing, not a curse. Working conditions are tough, but the jobs offer decent wages, and a good support system provides a brighter future.

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