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Secret Service Wants Another White House (For Practice)

Before sending agents to the White House, the Secret Service wants to give them realistic training. The agency requested $8 million to build a replica. Some lawmakers say one White House is enough.
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Would Automatic Voter Registration Increase Turnout?

A new law in Oregon is designed to make voting easier. Advocates are looking to it to increase turnout, but that might not necessarily be the result.
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Why Defense Hawks Are Rejecting House Republicans' Budget

The budget proposal unveiled this week is already running into trouble over military spending. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Republicans who back a bigger defense budget say they oppose it.
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Abortion Provision In Human Trafficking Bill Delays Lynch Vote

The Senate remains deadlocked on what appeared to be a bipartisan bill which creates a fund for victims of human trafficking. Democrats object to language that would ban using the fund for abortions.
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The Sudden Fall Of Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock

Amid reports of lavish spending, Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock announced he's stepping down, surprising supporters and detractors. Illinois residents are struggling to make sense of the sudden move.
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SXSW Debuts Robot Petting Zoo For A Personal Peek Into The Future

Robots are coming — in fact they're already here. One exhibit at the South by Southwest interactive festival lets visitors get up close and personal to our future overlords.
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After Toxic Ash Spill, Energy Company And Locals Struggle Over Solution

A storage failure at a coal-fired Duke Energy plant sent tens of thousands of tons of ash into a North Carolina river last year. Now, the company wants to move its stored waste to two abandoned mines.
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Kentucky Right-To-Work Battle Shifts To Counties

While 25 states have passed right-to-work laws, Democrats in the Kentucky legislature have long blocked attempts to pass a bill. Now, there's a county-by-county effort to pass these laws locally.
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News From The Charity Stripe

NCAA basketball fans often strive to rattle free throw shooters — but, for commentator Frank Deford, few efforts match Arizona State's Curtain of Distraction, which he sums up as: "shock and awful."
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Largest Group Of U.S. Presbyterian Churches Allows Same-Sex Marriages

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), which includes more than 4,000 ministers and 1.8 million members, will let individual churches decide whether to perform gay marriage ceremonies.

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