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Texas Democrats See Opportunity In Changing Demographics

For most of the 20th century, Democrats were the only game in town when it came to Texas politics. But that changed and Republicans have been in charge for decades. For Democrats to return to power, they'll have to hold together a coalition of minority voters.
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Nation Grieves After Arizona Firefighting Tragedy

The names of the 19 firefighters killed in the Yarnell Hill Fire in Arizona were released on Monday. Authorities have not offered many specifics about what happened when the crew was overwhelmed by fire.
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Therapy Helps Troubled Teens Rethink Crime

Many violent crimes are hastily planned and poorly considered, researchers at the University of Chicago's Crime Lab find. Training troubled teens to slow down and put a more benign spin on what they imagine the other guy is thinking significantly reduced the kids' likelihood of committing a crime.
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Texas Abortion Fight Follows Familiar Pattern

Texas is the latest state where protesters have descended on a Republican-controlled state capitol in an uphill effort to block conservative policies.
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Pioneering Native American Leader Marge Anderson Dies

Anderson was the first woman to lead a Minnesota Indian tribe, and led efforts to secure tribal hunting and fishing rights on Lake Mille Lacs. She died Saturday at age 81 of natural causes.
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How Firefighters Cope With Profound Tragedy

The 19 firefighters killed in Arizona Sunday represented the worst loss for their profession since Sept. 11, 2001. The number of firefighters killed in the line of duty has been in decline, but departments are seeking innovative ways to offer support in times of grief.
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Leak Case Highlights Troubles With Security Clearance Checks

Everyone with a security clearance has to undergo a background check, and those checks are often conducted by outside contractors. Lawmakers say some investigators have been convicted of falsifying reports, and the biggest contractor is under investigation in a "complicated contract fraud case."
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Will Texas Become A Presidential Battleground?

In recent years, Democrats have gained the upper hand in the Electoral College. Virginia and Florida, once GOP strongholds, have turned purple. Now, Democrats are turning their attention to the biggest Republican prize of all, Texas.
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Kids Unplugged: Summer Camps Ban Electronics

A decade ago, many summer camps nationwide instituted a no-tech policy. Technology has changed since then, and social media threatens to distract kids' attention more than ever. But while kids are kept from their gadgets, behind the scenes, technology is enhancing their safety.
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BART Strike Hits Commuters; No Word On Service Resumption

Monday's strike bogged down commuters in the San Francisco area. Member station KQED says some 200,000 people looked for alternative ways to get to work.

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