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A Pianist's Ultimate Sacrifice: Giving It All To Go To War

At 17, Daniel Hodd was starting a promising career as a concert pianist, but he decided to become a Marine instead. Before his second deployment, he broke a finger and was given a choice: Treat it and stay, or cut it off and deploy.
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Now Endangered, Florida's Silver Springs Once Lured Tourists

Countless movies were filmed there, including Tarzan and Creature From the Black Lagoon. With its wildlife and freshwater springs, Silver Springs in Central Florida was one of the state's most popular tourist destinations. Those waters have receded now as the delicate ecosystem suffers from problems that threaten the entire state.
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Immigration Debate Puts Farm Workers Union In Spotlight

The United Farm Workers seemed to be all over Washington this week — lobbying members of Congress and gathering for a big immigration rally outside the Capitol. The union has gotten "a huge injection of leverage" from its role in the immigration debate, one analyst says.
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ICE Union President Asks Rubio To Leave 'Gang Of Eight'

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement union is concerned the bipartisan group working on immigration legislation is putting a path to citizenship ahead of border security. Florida Republican Marco Rubio is seen as key for garnering conservative support.
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Tiny Group Linked To McConnell Recording Causes Big Stir

In the surreptitious recording, the top Republican and his aides disparage actress Ashley Judd. The liberal SuperPAC Progress Kentucky was created in December 2012 and, according to records, raised just $1,005 last year. It spent only $18.
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'We Have To Do More': Michelle Obama's Next Four Years

This week marked a new step in Michelle Obama's evolution as first lady. In her hometown of Chicago, she delivered one of the most emotional speeches of her career. Obama almost never ventures into the top political controversy of the day, but her role may be changing.
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Thousands Petition SEC To Disclose Corporate Political Spending

Nearly 500,000 people have petitioned the Securities and Exchange Commission to make publicly-traded corporations disclose their political spending. The question is: How much clout do 500,000 people actually have?
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New York Lawmakers To Confront Recent Spate Of Corruption

In the wake of two high profile corruption arrests this month, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing laws that are supposed to make it easier to catch corrupt politicians. Good government groups say it might also help to take some of the money out of politics in New York — and other states too.
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Spelling Bee Adds Vocabulary To Make Contest More Educational

Contestants in the National Spelling Bee will now be required to offer definitions for the words. Audie Cornish talks to sportswriter Stefan Fatsis about the change.

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