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Chevron Pizza 'Scandal' Leaves Small Town Divided

The free pizza coupons the company offered Bobtown, Pa., residents after a nearby natural gas well explosion killed a worker have been criticized as paltry, but some in the town don't feel that way.
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Vicious Gang, Barrio Azteca, Gets Its Start In El Paso

In Texas, an El Paso-based gang has spread across the U.S., and has also sent some members to Mexico for training with the Zetas. They became a transnational gang due to the drug trafficking industry.
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Maze Of College Costs And Aid Programs Traps Some Families

Over 20 years, the average burden for a four-year college graduate in the U.S. has gone from $9,000 to $30,000. The percentage of students with debt has shot up from about half to nearly 70 percent.
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Principal Encourages Immigrant Students To Aim For Middle Class

At a rural high school outside El Paso, Texas, the principal tries to inspire poor immigrants or kids of immigrants to go to college, though many have never seen one.
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Washington Town Waits For Mudslide To Stabilize

Rescue and recovery efforts continue where a massive mudslide killed at least 14 people, with many more missing. Emergency workers in the region are being hampered by still-dangerous conditions.
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Jury Convicts 5 Ex-Madoff Employees Of Securities Fraud

A federal court jury in New York found 5 of Bernard Madoff's former employees guilty of fraud. They were accused of enriching themselves by helping the imprisoned financier carry out a Ponzi scheme.
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For Writer, 'The Hard Way' Meant Choosing To Stay In Akron, Ohio

David Giffels spent his whole life watching people — friends, colleagues, LeBron James — leave his hometown. In a new book, he reflects on the effects of those departures.
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Why Oil Drilling Is Both Safer And Riskier Since Exxon Valdez

The 1989 oil spill prompted changes in oil industry regulation and spill research. But oil companies today are working in more remote places than ever, from the Arctic to deep below the ocean floor.
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Hobby Lobby Contraceptive Case Goes Before Supreme Court

The craft store chain's conservative Christian owners object to the Affordable Care Act mandate to include coverage for birth control in company health insurance plans.
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Report: Obama Plans To End NSA Sweeps Of Phone Calls

The National Security Agency may be getting out of the business of sweeping up and storing vast amounts of data on people's phone calls.

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