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Obama To See California Drought Conditions Firsthand

President Obama is heading to California — the state is suffering from severe drought conditions. Snowpack in the Sierra Nevada mountains is less than 30 percent of what it should be this time of year. And that means farmers and ranchers will have to get by with much less water than they'd like come spring.
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St. Paul Residents Don't Just See Ice, They Hear It

In Minnesota, the coldest winter in decades is ebbing with eerie sounds in St. Paul. The howl of melting ice on the Mississippi River got people's attention.
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NBA Teams Take A Break For The All-Star Game

The NBA is approaching mid-season. We catch up on how teams are doing and which players stand out. The annual All-Star game is on Sunday.
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Virginia's Ban On Gay Marriage Is Struck Down

U.S. District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen has ruled Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. Steve Inskeep talks to Mark Herring, Virginia's attorney general, about the ruling.
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Consumer Advocates Warn Against Comcast-Time Warner Merger

The proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable by Comcast is raising concerns, not just for the mega cable provider it would create, but also because of the questions it raises about broadband access at a time of uncertainty around the future of network neutrality. More than half of Americans with broadband access are getting it from their cable provider.
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A Fiery Valentine's Day For Two Firefighters In Love

Sophy Medina and Thomas Olsen had been dating for several months when their first Valentine's Day as a couple rolled around. And it wasn't a very romantic one; after injuring themselves battling a fire, they both ended up at the same hospital, "wearing big, stinky, heavy gear."
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Rand Paul's NSA Lawsuit Helps Him Lay Claim To A Big Issue

By suing the Obama administration, including the National Security Agency, for the agency's phone call data collection, Sen. Rand Paul now has ownership of an important issue in a way no other potential 2016 presidential candidate has yet to claim.
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As Takeover Hopes Fade, House Democrats Remain Upbeat

House Democrats are in Maryland for their annual issues conference. Despite their grim electoral prospects this fall, they are relishing the infighting that has beset the Republican House majority.
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Many Flights Canceled, But Fewer Fliers Stranded On Tarmac

A fliers' revolt on Valentine's Day in 2007 led to stiff fines against airlines that kept passengers waiting for too long. The delays still happen, but new technology and better planning are making them less inconvenient.
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In Men's Figure Skating, U.S. Pins Hopes On A New Class

The U.S. is defending its gold medal in men's figure skating, but without the star power of previous games. Two skaters in Sochi, 19-year-old Jason Brown and 28-year-old Jeremy Abbott — represent the near future of the sport in America.

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