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Miss., Texas Won't Offer VA Benefits To Same-Sex Partners

The Texas National Guard says it will not offer benefits to same-sex spouses. The announcement was made despite an order from the Pentagon that all marriages should be treated equally.
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Native Americans Camp Out To Protest Wis. Mining Project

A dispute over a proposed iron ore mine in Wisconsin has spilled into the nearby woods. Native Americans have set up a camp to protect land near the mine site and say federal treaty rights allow the campers to stay.
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Court Says West Los Angeles VA Rental Deals Were Illegal

A federal judge has stepped in to push the Veterans Administration to do more to help homeless veterans at its massive West Los Angeles campus.
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Senate Committee Votes To Authorize Strikes On Syria

Senators on the Foreign Relations Committee spent Wednesday scrambling to find language authorizing military strikes on Syria that was acceptable to both those wanting a stronger response and those hoping to limit U.S. involvement.
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Why Do Chemical Weapons Evoke Such A Strong Reaction?

The United States took no military action to prevent the deaths of more than 100,000 people in the Syria conflict. But a chemical weapons attack — which killed some 1,400 Syrians — has pushed the administration into action. President Obama insists the Bashar al-Assad regime must be held accountable for the attack, which he says violates a prohibition on the use of chemical weapons. Why do chemical weapons provoke such a different, more visceral response than conventional weapons for many people?
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Obama Tries To Build International Support For Syria Strike

The crisis in Syria dominated President Obama's visit to Sweden on Wednesday, as he continued to push for Congressional approval of his plan to launch a military strike against Syrian government forces, in response to their use of chemical weapons against their own people.. "My credibility is not on the line. The international community's credibility is on the line," Obama told a news conference in Stockholm. "And America and Congress' credibility is on the line." The President travels to the G-20 meeting in St. Petersburg on Thursday. Russian President Vladimir Putin has opposed the tentative plans for U.S. attack.
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Montana Prosecutors Will Appeal 30-Day Rape Sentence

District Judge G. Todd Baugh unleashed a firestorm of criticism when he issued the lenient sentence, saying that the victim, who later committed suicide, "seemed older than her chronological age."
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Ohio Kidnapper Ariel Castro Commits Suicide In Prison

Ariel Castro, the man convicted of kidnapping and abusing three women and holding them prisoner in his Cleveland home, hanged himself in his cell on Tuesday night.
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Senate Panel Passes Authorization For Force Against Syria

The Foreign Relations Committee votes 10-7 to authorize the use of force against Syria for its use of chemical weapons.
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Skeptical Democrat Takes A Stand Against Striking Syria

House leaders face a tough sell with liberals like Minnesota's Rick Nolan, who has emerged as one of most vocal opponents of military action in Syria.

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