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Colorado Governor Signs Civil Unions Into Law

When the law takes effect May 1, Colorado will join eight states that have civil unions. Nine others and the District of Columbia allow same-sex marriage. The approval of civil unions is a dramatic turnaround for a state where voters in 2006 banned gay marriage.
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Man Freed after Two Decades In New York Prison; Doubt Cast On Murder Conviction

An fresh investigation into the 1990 murder of a New York rabbi has resulted in the freedom of the man convicted of the crime. Prosecutors supported David Ranta's release, saying serious doubt had been cast on his guilt.
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On Gun Ownership And Policy, 'A Country Of Chasms'

Paul Gwaltney and other gun owners don't understand why many Americans are so anti-gun. So Gwaltney assembled a group of friends and colleagues with divergent views on guns and gun control for a frank conversation at his home in Chantilly, Va.
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NRA-Driven Gun Provisions Pass Along With Spending Bill

The first gun-related provisions to pass Congress since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting were riders included without debate. These same provisions — which limit how federal agencies deal with guns — have been regularly included in spending bills for years.
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Did Congress Just Give GMOs A Free Pass In The Courts?

Congress on Thursday approved stopgap funding legislation that includes language explicitly granting the USDA authority to override a judge's ruling against genetically modified crops. Critics denounce the measure as the "Monsanto Protection Act." But it seems to be codifying powers the USDA already has exercised in the past.
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At 'Stop-And-Frisk' Trial, Cops Describe Quota-Driven NYPD

Police officers testifying at a federal trial challenging New York City's policy say they were ordered to increase their number of arrests, summons and 250s — the code for stop, question and frisk. The city says these were simply performance goals.
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Environmentalists, Drillers Reach 'Truce' For Fracking Standards

Four major drilling companies, including Shell and Chevron, and several environmental groups have agreed on 15 voluntary standards for cleaner drilling practices in the Appalachian Basin. But some environmental groups are skeptical about the effort because the standards are voluntary.
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Mark Sanford's Affair Follows Him On Campaign Trail For South Carolina House Seat

Melissa Block talks to University of South Carolina political scientist Mark Tompkins about Republican Mark Sanford and Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch, who are running for Congress in the state. Sanford is a former governor who said he was hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2009 when he was actually having an extramarital affair in Argentina. Colbert Busch is the sister of late-night comedian, Stephen Colbert.

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