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'Most Interesting Man In The World' Violates Carpool Lane

A driver near Tacoma, Wash., used a cardboard cutout of the Dos Equis pitchman to use the HOV lane. KOMO-TV reports when a state trooper caught the scam, the driver protested, "He's my best friend."
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The Get-Well Gift That Keeps On Giving

A New York man sent his ailing son in Pennsylvania a get-well card and a scratch-off lottery ticket. There's a good chance he's feeling better. The ticket was a winner — a $7 million winner.
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Republicans Join Fight To Reduce Prison Terms For Drug Crimes

A small group of advocates has been working for years to overhaul the criminal justice system — to dial back long sentences for drug crimes, and let nonviolent inmates out of prison early.
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SeaWorld Ads Counter Criticism Over Treatment Of Whales

SeaWorld has a new CEO and a new advertising campaign touting its care of killer whales. At the same time, a former orca trainer at the theme park has written a book criticizing his former employer.
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Hearing Set For Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl After Desertion Charges Filed

The Army has charged Bergdahl with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Bergdahl disappeared from his unit in Afghanistan in 2009 and end up being held captive by the Taliban for five years.
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Ex-OU Student Apologizes For Racist Chant On Fraternity Bus

The University of Oklahoma student seen in a video leading the fraternity in a racist chant has publicly apologized. Levi Pettit met with black clergy and other community members to say he was wrong.
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Closure Of Private Prison Forces Texas County To Plug Financial Gap

A riot at a private immigration prison in Willacy County, Texas, forced officials to close the facility and relocate 2,800 inmates. But it also left the county with a $2.3 million budget shortfall.
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Is Capitol Hill Ready To Rest Its Near-Annual 'Doc Fix' Exercise?

Doctors who treat Medicare patients will face a huge cut, 21 percent, if Congress doesn't act by the end of the month. House leaders now think they fix a problem that has plagued Congress since 1997.
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Midwest Town Braces For More Steel Layoffs

U.S. Steel is shutting down its Granite City Works in southern Illinois. The plant makes flat-rolled steel for oil companies, which have been hit by lower oil prices.
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California Attorney General Moves To Stop Anti-Gay Ballot Proposal

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Vikram Amar, a law professor at the University of California, Davis, about the attorney general's move to halt a proposed initiative.

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