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When To Act? The Dilemma In Every Hostage Crisis

The Algerian authorities moved quickly after hostages were taken at a gas plant in the Sahara desert. While details of that operation are still fuzzy, such actions are inherently risky.
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Obama's Campaign-Turned-Advocacy Group Raises Questions About Money

The Obama campaign, with its blockbuster fundraising lists, is being converted into a 501c4 advocacy group. In a video this morning, First Lady Michelle Obama announced that Obama For America, the juggernaut campaign committee, is becoming Organizing For Action. The move raises controversial issues about the political uses of a tax-exempt group.
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Grand Jury Indicts Ray Nagin On Corruption Charges

Former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin has been indicted on 21 counts of bribery and other corruption charges by a federal grand jury. When he became the city's mayor in 2002, Nagin, a former cable TV executive, promised to revive New Orleans' economy, and its trust in the city's government.
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More Tears For Notre Dame's 'Fake Tragedy' Than A Real Girl's Death?

Those who have been pushing for the university to take more action about reports of football players sexually assaulted young women are asking why so much attention was given to the story of star Manti Te'o's fictitious girlfriend.
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Teacher Evaluation Impasse Costs New York City Hundreds Of Millions

In New York City, the failure to agree on a plan for evaluating its teachers is being widely criticized, especially because the city will now miss out on hundreds of millions of dollars in state financing. At stake was $250 million in aid, and another $200 million in grants, according to WNYC's Schoolbook education blog.
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Listen Carefully Or You'll Miss It: We've Got Justice Thomas On Tape

Known for not speaking from the bench, Justice Clarence Thomas spoke four words this week. For the record, here's what it sounded like.
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Inauguration Mashup: The Speech In 11 Easy Steps

Talk about new stuff, and gripe just a little: A handy video guide gives indispensable advice to inaugural speakers.
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Body Exhumed Of Lottery Winner Who Suffered Cyanide-Related Death

Urooj Khan died one day after his $425,000 Illinois Lottery check was cut. It wasn't until much later, though, that authorities determined there was a lethal level of cyanide in his blood. Now, they're doing a full autopsy. And police are investigating his death.
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Livestrong 'Disappointed' By Lance Armstrong, But Still Grateful To Him

The cancer charity the cyclist helped found says it is disheartening to hear, finally, Armstrong say that he misled everyone about the doping he now admits. But it also thanks him for the "drive, devotion and spirit he brought to serving cancer patients."
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Figuring How To Pay For (Chimp) Retirement

The National Institutes of Health owns or supports almost 700 chimps. But the question of where they go when no longer needed for research is a thorny one: NIH money to support retired chimps in sanctuaries has been limited by Congress.

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