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Commission To Decide If Some Federal Inmates Will Be Let Out Early

The Sentencing Commission meets Friday to vote on a plan that could send home tens of thousands of federal inmates convicted of drug trafficking.
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U.S. Border Patrol Chief Faces Media Scrutiny Head-On

On Friday, we'll hear from the new commissioner of Customs and Border Protection Gil Kerlikowske, and find out why he's pushing for more transparency at his agency.
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U.S. Firms Beat Corporate Taxes By Moving Their Headquarters Abroad

Renee Montagne talks to David Wessel of the Brookings Institution about corporate income taxes. Many businesses, analysts and politicians argue the U.S. system is broken.
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Proposal To Allow State Tolls On Interstates Hits Roadblocks

President Obama has proposed allowing states to collect tolls on interstate highways as a way of raising funds to pay for reconstructing those roads. Most of the interstate system is toll free.
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Treasury Secretary Calls For Corporate Tax Code Overhaul

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is asking U.S. companies to show their patriotism by resisting the temptation to reduce their tax bill by moving abroad. He was interviewed by CNBC on Wednesday.
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Skimping On Sleep Can Stress Body And Brain

Too stressed to get seven hours of solid shut-eye tonight? Prepare to be even less resilient tomorrow. Stress disrupts sleep, which feeds depression, anxiety — and more stress, scientists say.
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Obama Unrolls New Sanctions Against Russia

President Obama delivered a whirlwind news conference Wednesday, discussing a series of foreign policy issues from Afghanistan to Ukraine. Obama also announced a new round of sanctions against Russian banks, energy companies and individuals for what he sees as interference in Ukrainian affairs.
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Lotteries Take In Billions, Often Attract The Poor

Americans wager nearly $60 billion a year on lotteries. Revenues help states, which use the money to provide services. But researchers say the games often draw low-income gamblers who are on welfare.
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Federal Judge Declares Death Penalty Unconstitutional In California

Systemic delays create a system that is arbitrary, a federal judge in Orange County decided. Death penalty advocates, however, say delays are a bigger problem for victims' families.
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U.S. Sanctions Major Russian Banks And Energy Companies

The Obama administration announced new sanctions Wednesday that go well beyond any previously imposed in its dispute with Russia over Ukraine. It's not clear whether Europeans will match them.

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