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Breaking Golf's Color Barrier In Birmingham

In Birmingham, Ala., golf courses were one of the many municipal parks that officials shut down, rather than integrate. In June 1963, the city opened some of its golf courses to everybody — including blacks.
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The Death Penalty's Slow But Seemingly Sure Decline

The number of executions has dropped by more than half over the past 15 years, and six states have abolished capital punishment since 2007.
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House Votes Down 5-Year Farm Bill

Members of the House on Thursday rejected the measure, studded with Republican priorities. In the past, the farm bill has been a model of bipartisan support. But defections in both parties spelled the bill's doom.
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Suspense Builds For Verdicts On Most-Watched High Court Cases

Again this year, the Supreme Court is waiting until the very end of the term to hand down the most anticipated decisions. Why does the high court always seem to do that?
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'Guardian' Releases More Documents On NSA Surveillance

Two documents provide new details about the procedures the National Security Agency follows when sifting huge volumes of email. The Justice Department documents were made public by The Guardian newspaper. They help explain the steps the NSA must follow when it inadvertently comes across the communications of Americans.
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Compromise Deal May Speed Immigration Bill Through Senate

The chances of an immigration overhaul bill getting through the Senate greatly improved on Thursday. A deal was reached on a border security plan. Steve Inskeep talks about the deal with two of the senators in the so-called "Gang of Eight," who are working on a bipartisan approach to immigration, Arizona Republican Jeff Flake and Illinois Democrat Richard Durbin.
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Miami Wins Back-To-Back NBA Championships, James MVP

The Miami Heat beat the San Antonio Spurs 95-to-88 in Game 7 of the series Thursday night in Miami. LeBron James, who was chosen MVP, had 37 points and 12 rebounds.
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For A Boy With Little, Learning To Love A Cast-Off Trombone

Gilbert Zermeno's family didn't have much money when he was a boy, which made his playing in the school band feel out of reach. When he ended up with a rusty trombone instead of a shiny saxophone, Gilbert was disappointed initially — but decades later, he still has that old trombone.
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Obama's Pick To Lead FBI Adds New Layer To Privacy Debate

President Obama will nominate Jim Comey to be the country's next FBI director on Friday. Comey is best-known for raising alarms about a secret surveillance program during the Bush years. That issue has taken on new resonance after the latest revelations of government surveillance.
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Paula Deen: Child Of Dixie, Meet The Internet Age

Revelations that celebrity chef Paula Deen admitted to using a racial epithet have inspired some pretty funny punning online. But they've also raised questions whether the controversy will see Deen's buttery empire crumble.

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