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In Maryville, The Case Stays Closed

On Thursday, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced that she will not file sexual assault charges in a 2013 rape case in Maryville, Mo. Baker had been appointed special prosecutor to re-examine the case in response to the public outcry — sparked by a Kansas City Star report — that it was originally mishandled.
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Two More Christie Aides Dropped For Role In Political Revenge

Two more staffers are out of the administration of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. The widening scandal started with a multi-day traffic jam on the New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge, and now it has people questioning Christie's future in politics.
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How Christie Can Cross The Bridge Scandal

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is apologizing for actions that his staff took to shut down portions of the George Washington Bridge in New York City that affected local residents of Fort Lee, N.J. Robert Siegel speaks with Republican strategist Mike Murphy about what this incident may mean for the governor's political aspirations and the residents of New Jersey.
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Jerry Brown Proposes A New Budget For California

California Gov. Jerry Brown released a budget proposal that calls for a $1.9 billion rainy day fund, cuts to the prison population and some funds restored to the state's higher education system. However, state workers hoping to see more in their pension funds will be disappointed.
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Gates Memoir Could Prove Helpful To Hillary Clinton In 2016

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton takes a hit in a new book by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates. But she also receives high praise, which could prove very helpful.
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It's Not Magic On The Mountain, It's A Rain-Making Machine

The snowpack in the Mountain West is at just a small fraction of its normal level, and it was the driest year ever recorded in many parts of California. Cloud seeders are trying to squeeze raindrops out of Mother Nature by spraying tiny silver iodide particles into incoming clouds.
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The Bridge On The River Hudson

The George Washington Bridge has been at the heart of the controversy surrounding Chris Christie recently. But the bridge is more than just a political prop; it's an icon. We learn a few facts about this famous span over the Hudson River.
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Every Job In America, In 1 Graph

There are about 137 million jobs in America. Here's how they break down — and how the picture has changed over the past few years.
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Amiri Baraka's Legacy Both Controversial And Achingly Beautiful

The former New Jersey poet laureate, born LeRoi Jones, died Thursday at age 79. Much of his work — including well-regarded poetry and plays — reflected his commitment to Black Nationalist ideals. He co-founded the Black Arts movement, and wrote poems that were as controversial as they were influential.
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Tech Ventures in Georgia Prosper As Health Care Law Kicks In

In a state where politicians have adamantly rejected the Affordable Care Act, the area around Atlanta has a growing number of health tech companies. Many are seeing business benefits from the law. Companies that once would have been a hard sell are seeing more sales and customers.

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