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In Seattle, No Simple Answers For A Stalled Tunneling Machine

Bertha, the world's largest underground boring tool, ground to a halt late last year as it was tunneling under the city. Authorities still aren't sure what happened.
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Study: Upward Mobility No Tougher In U.S. Than Two Decades Ago

Contrary to widespread belief, it's no harder to climb the economic ladder now than a generation ago. But the study did find that moving up that ladder is still a lot harder in the United States than in other developed countries.
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After 20 Years, Transgender Inmate Is A Step Closer To Surgery

Last week, a federal appeals court in Massachusetts ruled that convicted murderer Michelle Kosilek has a right to gender reassignment surgery "even if that treatment strikes some as odd or unorthodox." State officials are weighing whether to keep fighting a battle that critics say has gone too far.
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Virginia Gay Marriage Shift Generates Sharp Response

Less than two weeks after taking office, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced he won't defend the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Critics contend he's ignoring the will of a majority of state voters who passed the ban in 2006.
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Tea Partiers Hope To Crash Sen. Graham's Re-Election Bid

The South Carolina Republican is heading into a primary with four challengers who say he's not conservative enough for the state.
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Retailers Can Wait To Tell You Your Card Data Have Been Compromised

The data breaches at Target and Neiman Marcus raised questions over how quickly companies are required to disclose that customer information was hacked. The rules around when a retailer is required to tell you that your data got into the hands of fraudsters vary state by state.
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Raised In The U.S. And Coming Out To Immigrant Parents

Latin American immigrants have different attitudes toward homosexuality than do their U.S.-born children, according to a poll conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.
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Privacy Board Recommends Eliminating NSA Phone Record Program

A report released Thursday by the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board recommends that the National Security Administration's bulk phone record program be eliminated. The report finds that not only is the program illegal, it's also ineffective. These findings come less than a week after President Obama called for keeping the program, but only after making some changes.
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Chairman Of Privacy Board Weighs In On NSA

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board released a report Thursday on the National Security Administration's telephone records collection program and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. Melissa Block talks with the chairman of the board, David Medine.
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Weed Grows On The White House — And Many Americans, Too

Weed has grown on President Obama. In a recent New Yorker profile, he described marijuana as a bad habit, a personal vice but no more dangerous than alcohol. This marks a shift from the stance that he had once held and the position voiced previously by the U.S. drug czar. The president's current ambivalence on marijuana may mirror the feelings held by many Americans.

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