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From Jail Cell To Studio: Drug Dealer Becomes Personal Trainer

Coss Marte went from being a drug kingpin to a fitness entrepreneur. The New York City resident calls his exercise plan "prison style" because it is based on his prison workout routine.
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A Battle To Wash Away A Fountain's Controversial Namesake

In Washington, D.C., a local commissioner is working to get Sen. Francis Newlands' name removed from a fountain. Newlands was an outspoken white supremacist who tried to repeal the 15th Amendment.
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Some Not-So-Conventional Wisdom About The Next Congress

Will Republicans have to prove they can govern and will Democrats be totally irrelevant? Will the president's veto pen get a workout? Here's a second look at some wisdom about the next Congress.
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Trial Of Polygraph Critic Renews Debate Over Tests' Accuracy

Doug Williams, one of the country's most vocal critics of the polygraph test, will go on trial in January. For decades, he has helped people "beat" the test by exploiting its shaky science.
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Obama Authorizes New Sanctions On North Korea Over Sony Hack

The executive order targets three North Korean entities and accuses the Pyongyang regime of "destructive, coercive cyber-related actions."
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Was Cuomo Destined To Be President Or Just Political Poet Laureate?

It may never be clear whether the late New York governor passed on the 1988 and 1992 presidential cycles — his natural turn at bat — for reasons related to politics or his personality.
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Deputy Attorney General Reflects On Controversies, Successes

James Cole says his decision to approve subpoenas for reporters' phone records, amid national security leaks, "was a very, very tough call. At the end of the day, I'd probably have to do it again."
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Couple Marries At Rose Bowl Tailgate

Steven Twomey and Lisa DeFluri altered their wedding plans. They intended to get married on an Oregon beach in July. But when the Oregon Ducks made Thursday's Rose Bowl, they saw their chance.
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Cat Accidentally Given Away With Sold Mattress

The cat, named Camo, was hiding in the box spring. Social media helped to track the cat down near Portland's airport. He was a little roughed up but he's home now.
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Mario Cuomo Gained Legendary Status Among Democrats

Mario Cuomo, a three-term governor of New York and icon of American liberalism, died on Thursday at the age of 82. Many recall his spell-binding keynote address to the 1984 Democratic convention.

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