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Rapper Chris Kelly, Half of Duo Kris Kross, Dies

Known as "Mac Daddy," he teamed with Chris Smith ("Daddy Mac"). As kids in 1992, they scored big with "Jump." Later, they toured with Michael Jackson. Kelly was 34. The cause of death has not been determined, but investigators suspect a drug overdose.
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New York Tobacco Regulations Light Up Public Health Debate

On Thursday, the City Council will debate proposals including raising the minimum age for buying cigarettes to 21. Also on the table is a ban on tobacco displays behind retail registers. Critics are pushing back, arguing that the changes won't have the intended effect.
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Hunger-Striking Detainees At Guantanamo Are Force-Fed

Almost two-thirds of the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay are on a hunger strike. The Navy sent dozens of extra medics this week to care for them, and to force- feed some of them. Reporter Carol Rosenberg of the Miami Herald recently returned from Guantanamo. She describes to Renee Montage the force- feeding procedure at the prison.
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Ahead Of Obama Trip, Mexico Alters Cooperation Agreements

President Obama heads to Mexico Thursday for a three day trip south of the border that includes a stop in Costa Rica. The president says he plans to focus on trade and economic opportunities between the U.S. and Mexico during his visit. But the timing of the trip comes just as Mexico is altering cooperation agreements between the two countries in the fight against drug trafficking.
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Obama Administration Appeals Judge's Order On Plan B

A U.S. district court ruling ordered it to end all age restrictions on the Plan B emergency contraceptive pill. The administration's decision came a day after the FDA lowered the age for which the product can be purchased without a prescription from 17 to 15.
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Who Paid For Last Summer's Drought? You Did

Corn and soybean farmers not only survived last year's epic drought — thanks to crop insurance, they made bigger profits than they would have in a normal year, a new analysis finds. And a big chunk of those profits were provided through taxpayer subsidies.
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Bones Tell Tale Of Desperation Among The Starving At Jamestown

The winter of 1609-1610 has been called the "starving time" for the hundreds of men and women who settled the English colony of Jamestown, Va. They ate their horses, their pets — and, apparently, at least one person. Scientists say human bones recovered from the site provide the first hard evidence that the colonists may have resorted to cannibalism.
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U.S. Aims To Track Foreigners Who Arrive, But Never Leave

Almost half of all undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. came legally — but then overstayed their visas. In an effort to curb those "overstays," the Senate is considering a bill that mandates tracking visitors' visas when they leave the country, not just when they arrive.
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Analysts Divided On U.S. Arming Syrian Rebels

This week President Obama said it was important to remain prudent in coming to conclusions about chemical weapon use within Syria, something he said could change the nature of U.S. involvement there. Melissa Block talks to analysts Andrew Tabler and Joshua Landis about U.S. involvement in arming rebels in Syria.

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