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Under Executive Action, Immigrants Are Entitled To Social Security Benefits

Immigrants protected under President Obama's executive action will, after working for 10 years, be eligible for retirement benefits.
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Earliest Human Engraving Or Trash From An Ancient Lunch?

Carved zigzag marks on a shell found more than a century ago have drawn new interest from archaeologists. The half-million-year-old lines aren't from an animal, and might be art from Homo erectus.
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Want To Perk Up Your Love Life? Put Away That Smartphone

Sure, you just wanted to take a peek at Facebook. But that can chill a relationship, a study finds, especially if you and your love aren't on the same page about when it's OK to use technology.
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Federal Court Halts Execution Of Mentally Ill Texas Prisoner

Scott Panetti was diagnosed with the beginnings of schizophrenia. During his trial, he defended himself dressed as a cowboy and insisted he was a character from a John Wayne movie.
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Takata Back On Capitol Hill After Deadline To Widen Air Bag Recall Passes

Federal regulators had given Takata Corp. until Tuesday to widen its recall of air bags to the entire U.S., but the Japanese company appeared to ignore that demand.
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Storm Brings Much-Needed Rain To Southern California

The rain led to evacuation orders amid fears of mudslides, but after a drought that's going into its fourth year, the precipitation was a welcome sight.
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When Big Money Leads To Diplomatic Posts

A couple of big Obama campaign donors were confirmed as U.S. ambassadors by the Senate on Tuesday. But some bad performances in confirmation hearings are raising questions about the practice.
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Martin Litton, Devoted Conservationist, Dies At 97

Litton spent his life preserving wilderness. Whether it was keeping dams from the Colorado River or a ski resort in the southern Sierra to preserving the redwoods, he refused to compromise.
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Missing Book Racks Up $475 Overdue Library Fine

Gone With the Wind disappeared in 1946 from a library in Spokane, Wash. It turned up in New England. The New Englander offered to return the book as long as he didn't have to pay the fine.
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Texas Death Row Case Draws Attention To Mentally Ill Convicts

On Wednesday, Texas is scheduled to execute Scott Panetti for killing his in-laws. Panetti is mentally ill, and there are last-minute efforts underway to halt his execution.

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