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Fiery Accident Spurs Safer Rail Transport For Crude Oil

It's been one year since an oil train derailment outside Casselton, N.D. Since then, state and federal regulators have taken steps to make it safer to transport crude by rail.
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Here's Why Obama Said The U.S. Is 'Less Racially Divided'

The president says incidents in the past year have "surfaced" long-simmering issues between minority communities and authorities, allowing for a healthy airing of grievances.
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The Fleeting Obsessions Of The White House Press Corps

From the VA and Secret Service scandals to Ebola, each week brought another hot issue into the White House briefing room. Here's a look at just how short the press corps' attention span was in 2014.
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Traffic Stops Persuade People To Avoid Drinking And Driving

Everyone knows it's dangerous to drink and drive, but a lot of people still do it. Strict enforcement of traffic laws makes it less likely that people will get behind the wheel when soused.
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Big Question For 2015: Will The Supreme Court Rule On Abortion?

States have passed more than 200 abortion regulations since 2010, and the number is expected to rise. Abortion rights supporters say that could cause big geographical variations in access to care.
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Rep. Grimm To Resign After Guilty Plea On Tax Charge

In a statement reported by CBS and The Associated Press, Rep. Michael Grimm, R-NY, said he would resign effective Jan. 5. Grimm pleaded guilty last week to filing a false tax return.
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Can't Pay Your Fines? Your License Could Be Taken

Drive drunk or recklessly and the state can suspend your driver's license. But a number of officials worry that many suspensions are for lesser offenses, including unpaid tickets or even truancy.
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How California's New Rules Are Scrambling The Egg Industry

On Jan. 1, all eggs sold in California will have to come from chickens living in more spacious digs. The rules have disrupted the egg industry and pushed prices up at grocery stores in California.
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As Bourbon Booms, Demand For Barrels Is Overflowing

Distillers must age bourbon in new white oak barrels that are charred inside. But the barrel supply is running low, and new, small craft distillers are having trouble getting any barrels at all.
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The 2014 Tech Trends We'll Still Be Talking About Next Year

Apple is ending an influential 2014 but faces another big test ahead. And we revisit the mega-hacks of the year and look to a more voice-controlled future.

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