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House Republican Leaders Drop Effort To Ban Some Abortions

House Republican leaders had planned to pass a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision and coinciding with the annual protest march by abortion opponents. But with Republican women balking at that measure, they instead passed a bill prohibiting the use of taxpayer money for abortions, something that's been in spending bills for years.
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Will Netanyahu's Congress Visit Help His Election Prospects?

Robert Siegel speaks with Michael Oren, former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S., about whether he thinks Netanyahu's address to Congress in March will help him with his election a few weeks afterwards.
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Patriots' Coach 'Shocked' At Allegations Of Deflated Footballs

The New England Patriots' coach and quarterback are weighing in on the controversy surrounding the deflated footballs used in the playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts.
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No Federal Charges Expected Against Darren Wilson

Mayors and police chiefs are asking how they can rebuild trust with minority communities. The question comes as a Justice Department investigation of a white police officer in the shooting death of a black man in Ferguson, Mo., is winding down.
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Netanyahu Accepts Republican Invitation To Address Congress

Lawmakers say the Obama administration is "stiff arming" Congress, keeping them away from diplomacy with Iran. The House Speaker is fighting back, inviting Israel's tough talking Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress soon.
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Obama's Big Bid To Change Sick-Leave Laws May Hinge On Small Business

The president's call for mandatory paid sick days starred in his State of the Union address. But forget the big speech: It may be small businesses — and state lawmakers — that decide this debate.
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Maybe Early Humans Weren't The First To Get A Good Grip

The opposable thumb you use to hold a pencil was long thought to be a defining aspect of humans. But an analysis of finger bones suggests stone tool use by pre-humans — perhaps 3 million years ago.
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Jeff Gordon Says 2015 Will Be His Last Full NASCAR Season

Jeff Gordon, who announced today that he won't race full-time after this year. Now 43, Gordon has been part of competitive racing since he was 5 years old.
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House Approves Bill That Would Bar Federal Funding For Abortions

A bill that would prohibit using federal money to pay for "any abortion" or for "health benefits coverage that includes coverage of abortion" has been approved by the House.
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Disneyland Measles Outbreak Hits 59 Cases And Counting

People from 7 months to 70 years old have fallen ill, and one quarter of the victims have been hospitalized. California officials say it's proof yet again of how easily measles spreads.

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