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California Plastic Bag Referendum Could Spark Environmental Showdown

A referendum to repeal California's statewide ban on plastic single-use bags has been added to the November 2016 ballot. The measure was backed by the plastic bag industry.
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Despite High Rates Of Nursing Injuries, Government Regulators Take Little Action

While industry and government officials agree something needs to be done to prevent the tens of thousands of debilitating injuries among nursing staff, nobody can agree how to enforce it.
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Lessons In Moving Forward On Race From A 40-Year Mayor

Charleston Mayor Joseph Riley is retiring after 10 terms. "I sought this job ... mainly to help build a bridge between the African-American and the white community," he says.
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Obama Says U.S., Israel Face 'Clear, Substantive Challenge'

The president says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made it clear that there will be no two-state solution. Obama says the U.S. now has to re-evaluate its Israeli-Palestinian policy.
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With Improved Relations, Are The U.S. And Cuba Ready To Play Ball?

Cuban baseball has been struggling. A lack of money means facilities are in disrepair. Defections mean some of the best players have left. But new relations with the U.S. may mean new opportunities.
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From A Congresswoman To A 'Queen,' Girl's Dress-Up Photo Series Rolls On

Photos of 5-year-old Lily Bushelle dressed up as heroines of African-American history have gone viral. Her family is finding new icons to continue their series.
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House Panel Releases Video Of Secret Service Barricade Incident

The panel angrily questions Secret Service Director Joe Clancy about why additional videos of the March 4 incident near the White House weren't preserved and made available.
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Why There's A Big Battle Brewing Over The Lean Meat In Your Diet

Should the government recommend lean meat as part of a healthy diet? That's emerged as a political flashpoint. The panel working on federal guidelines says the evidence on lean meat is muddled.
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Calif. Lawyer Proposes Ballot Initiative To Kill Gays And Lesbians

The "Sodomite Suppression Act" is unlikely to get a vote, but it's making waves in the Golden State, where all it takes is $200 and a few hundred thousand signatures to get on a ballot.
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Feds Claim Obamacare Launch Is Hindering Government Transparency

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has a backlog of some 3,000 FOIA requests and says it may need 10 years or more to dig out from under some large cases.

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