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Free Contraceptives Must Be Free, Obama Administration Tells Insurers

The notice to insurers comes after reports found many health plans weren't providing no-cost birth control for all prescription methods, a requirement under the Affordable Care Act.
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Obama's Presidential Library Will Be In Chicago, Foundation Announces

Hawaii and New York also had strong bids, but Chicago is where President Obama grew up politically.
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Report: Inmates With Mental Disabilities Often Subjected To Excessive Force

A Human Rights Watch report says more should be done to divert nonviolent inmates out of the corrections system, and to train officers about how to de-escalate tense situations.
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NFL QB Tom Brady Will Sit Out 4 Games For Deflated Balls Scandal

An investigation found that Brady was "generally aware" that New England Patriots employees were letting air out of balls. Under-inflated balls are easier to grip. The Patriots were fined $1 million.
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Shell Gets Interior Department's Ok To Drill Off Alaska's Arctic Shore

Conditions include plans to protect animal species and to prevent oil spills. The exploration will take place over multiple years in the Chukchi Sea, between Alaska and Siberia.
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San Francisco's Ugly Yard Contest Promotes Water Conservation

Lush, green lawns are out of style in bone-dry California. The winner will get a landscaping makeover featuring drought-tolerant plants.
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Sen. Warren On The 'Tilted Process' Of Asia Trade Bill

The Trans-Pacific Partnership has become the president's signature trade initiative, but it is also very unpopular with Democrats, including Elizabeth Warren.
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NYC Mayor Seeks National Spotlight, New 'Contract With America'

Just two years into his job as mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio is unveiling a progressive "Contract With America" in Washington. But critics back home say it's all too much, too soon.
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Sheep Ranchers Count On American Muslims To Keep Lamb On Menu

Today, the average American eats about a half pound of lamb per year. Now lamb producers are setting their sights on Muslim consumers. But first they'll have to learn how to market to them.
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State Legislatures Quarrel Over Whether To Expand Medicaid

Medicaid expansion was a big deal in a handful of state legislatures this year. Wyoming said no. Tennessee said no. But Montana said yes, and three more states are coming down to the wire.

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