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The Time A Cartoonist Was Told To 'Lighten Up' A Character

Artist Ronald Wimberly uses a cartoon essay to tell us this story: He was drawing a Marvel character who's Mexican and African-American, so he drew her brown. But his editor had different ideas.
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Interior Dept. Issues New Fracking Rules For Federal Lands

The regulations, which go into effect in 90 days, establishes safety measures for wells and for drilling companies to publicly disclose chemicals used in the process.
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Iran Nuclear Talks On Pause As Deadline Looms

With just days left before a self-imposed deadline to reach a framework agreement, stubborn gaps remain on an array of key issues.
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Dad To Son: 'Live With Hands Unfolded ... Release Your Gifts To World'

Fourth-grader Aiden Sykes asks his father, Albert, some of the heavy questions on his mind and gets some meaningful words in return. "My dream is for you to live out your dreams," Albert tells him.
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Charles And Camilla's Visit Rekindles Royal Ties To Kentucky

Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, are wrapping up a four-day U.S. visit with a stop in Louisville, Ky. Louisville has been bustling with preparations, but the city is accustomed to royal visits.
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From Skid Row To Rome: The Story Of An Unusual Running Club

A Los Angeles criminal court judge has organized a running club made up of residents from Skid Row's Midnight Mission. This weekend, the club is running far away from home.
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Both Parties Agree The Food Stamp Program Needs To Change. But How?

Republicans argue the SNAP program would be more efficient if it were run by states. Meanwhile, the Obama administration is funding an initiative to move recipients into jobs.
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'A Proud Walk': 3 Voices On The March From Selma To Montgomery

Following the Bloody Sunday crackdown in Selma, Ala., Martin Luther King Jr. called for support across the U.S. People of different races and religions flocked to the state. Three of them look back.
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Report: Army Examines Claims Of Racial Slurs At Alaska Base

Army Times is reporting that members of a platoon at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, used racial slurs against one another during what they called "Racial Thursdays."
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Exxon Settlement Falls Short Of Damage, N.J. Democrats Say

Gov. Chris Christie is defending the state's $225 million settlement for decades of contamination at two refineries as a "good deal." But Democratic lawmakers and environmentalists say otherwise.

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