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Prison Sterilization Report Prompts Call For Inquiry In California

Allegations that 148 female prisoners underwent tubal ligation surgeries without the state's required approval emerged in the past week. Some inmates said they were pressured into undergoing the sterilization procedure.
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Why Doctors Oppose Force-Feeding Guantanamo Hunger Strikers

Doctors say a viral video demonstrating force-feeding helps expose the unethical treatment of Guantanamo detainees subjected to the procedure. Force-feeding is wrong, doctors say, because prisoners of sound mind have a right to refuse medical intervention, including nourishment.
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House Passes Farm Bill Without Food Stamps

Republican leaders muster the votes to get passage of an abbreviated measure despite opposition from Democrats.
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Failure To Communicate Between Doctors And Men About PSA Test

Doctors are supposed to engage patients in shared decision-making over complex choices like whether or not to get tested for prostate cancer. But most doctors don't do that, a survey finds. And efforts to train doctors to do a better job haven't been all that successful.
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'Nuclear Option' Would End Filibusters For Appointments

Senate Democrats appear so fed up enough by Republicans blocking President Obama's appointments that they are preparing to change Senate rules. The so-called "nuclear option" would end the use of the filibuster when it comes to appointments, dramatically diminishing the power of the minority party in the chamber.
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Virginia Governor Mired In Controversy Over Gifts, Loans

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, once viewed as having 2016 ambitions, is not having a good year. He's at the center of state and federal investigations involving $145,000 in questionable financial assistance from a political donor whose company McDonnell and his wife took steps to promote. That includes $15,000 to help pay for their daughter's wedding — a disclosure made by the former chef at the Executive Mansion, himself accused of stealing food.
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Resurrected Farm Bill Passes Without Food Stamps Component

House Republicans made a second run at passing a farm bill on Thursday, weeks after seeing dozens of their own party vote against it the first time.
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Twister Inventor Created Thousands Of Awkward Party Moments

The Minnesota man who invited the party game Twister has died. Charles "Chuck" Foley was 82.
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George Zimmerman Trial Winds Down As Closing Arguments Begin

The closing arguments in the murder trial of George Zimmerman have begun. Zimmerman is accused of shooting Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.
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Cable News Coverage Of Zimmerman Trial Widely Criticized

The George Zimmerman trial has received a lot of attention and time on cable news. In many ways it resembles the sprawling coverage of earlier sensational trials. But the Zimmerman trial also has important social and cultural questions swirling around it.

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