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Nebraska Lawmakers Move Step Closer To Repealing Death Penalty

The vote in the Republican-controlled unicameral Legislature was 32-15 — enough support to override a threatened veto from Gov. Pete Ricketts.
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Looks Good Enough To Smoke: Marijuana Gets Its Glamour Moment

Aficionados of fine weed describe the effects as if they're talking about vintage wine. But how to know which medicinal or recreational strain to choose? This field guide cuts through the haze.
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Who Is Clinton Confidant Sidney Blumenthal?

Emails from informal adviser Blumenthal to Hillary Clinton on U.S. policy in Libya have been subpoenaed by a House committee. He's no stranger to controversy, but Clinton says he's just an old friend.
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U.S. Releases Documents Seized From Osama Bin Laden's Compound

Newly declassified materials include books, magazines and letters found during the 2011 raid on the al-Qaida leader's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
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'Cartel' Of 4 Big Banks To Plead Guilty To Gaming The Exchange Rate

Four banks agreed to plead guilty to currency manipulation and pay over $5 billion in fines. Officials say the banks used secret codes to manipulate the exchange rate between U.S. dollars and Euros.
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Oil Spill Near Santa Barbara Fouls California Coastline

A pipeline rupture spilled some 21,000 gallons of crude. Some beaches were evacuated, and it's unclear if they will reopen in time for Memorial Day.
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It's David Letterman Day In Indianapolis

Indianapolis is honoring its own. After three decades, David Letterman is retiring from his late-night CBS show. Wednesday is his final broadcast.
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That's One Way To Deal With A Loose Tooth

Calvin Stanley was desperate to get rid of a loose tooth. He tried a bow and arrow with dental floss. Next he tried fishing line. It worked. His dad told KRT-TV that it took an hour to find the tooth.
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For New Immigrants To The U.S., Ellis Island Still Means A Lot

Twelve million immigrants passed through Ellis Island before it closed as an inspection station in 1954. The museum is expanding to tell the history of immigration to the U.S. in more recent decades.
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New Texas Law Makes Local Fracking Bans Illegal

Legislation was signed by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott after the city of Denton voted to restrict fracking. Denton officials say oil companies should not wield more power than citizens.

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