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Supreme Court Ends Arizona's Bid To Reinstate 20-Week Abortion Ban

With the high court refusing to hear the state's appeal, a lower court ruling striking down the ban remains.
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Gates Says He Wept Each Evening Over Troops' Deaths

The former secretary of defense also tells NPR that he fears extended tours of duty in war zones contributed to a rise in suicides among military personnel.
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Slowly, Water Is Flowing Again In West Virginia

A chemical spill Thursday led officials to warn customers across nine counties not to use the water coming from their taps. About 300,000 people are affected. Officials say tests of the water have been encouraging, and that they've begun a systematic restart of the system.
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Tap Water Still Unsafe To Drink In Charleston, W.Va.

There are some 300,000 people still waiting to be able to use their tap water. A chemical spill into the Elk River last week has officials warning everyone not to touch, drink, or wash with the water. There are questions whether regulation was too lax on the company that stored the chemical.
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U.S. Announces Figure Skating Team For Sochi

This past weekend in Boston, American figure skaters were chosen for the Olympic team. The Americans are not seen as having much of a shot at gold medals, but that didn't dim the competition for a place on the team.
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Mile Marker 420 Repeatedly Stolen In Colorado

The number 420 is associated with marijuana culture, and so Colorado officials found it necessary to protect Mile Marker 420 on I-70. Officials hope they've now secured the highway. The mile 420 sign has been replaced by a new one, reading: Mile 419.99.
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Surveillance Controversy: NSA Versus Tech Companies

National Security Agency officials say their relations with tech companies have been strained by the news of the agency's surveillance programs. Tech fortunes rest on the ability to keep their users' data secure, but the NSA wants access to that data.
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Pain In The Back? Exercise May Help You Learn Not To Feel It

There's evidence that many standard treatments for back pain — including surgery, spinal injections and painkillers — are often ineffective and can even worsen and prolong the problem.
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Balance Of Power At Stake In High Court Case

At issue in the Supreme Court on Monday is whether the president's power to make temporary appointments during the Senate recess can be curtailed by the use of pro forma Senate sessions during which no business is conducted.
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What Does Living In Poverty Really Mean?

Defining poverty is not straightforward, says Tim Harford, author of the new book The Undercover Economist Strikes Back. It's also about how people view themselves and how they're viewed by others.

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