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Mariela Castro Wins Gay-Rights Advocacy Award

Over the weekend in Philadelphia, the daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro and niece of Fidel Castro received an award for her gay rights advocacy. To understand the significance of Mariela Castro's honor, you have to go back to the 1960's when gay people were sent to forced labor camps.
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Boston-Area Cemeteries Say No To Burying Bombing Suspect

The city of Cambridge has asked Tamerlan Tsarnaev's family not to request that he be buried in a city-owned graveyard, and four privately owned cemeteries have said they won't take the body.
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Port Of Baltimore Seeks Boost From Panama Canal Expansion

The port is one of only two on the East Coast that can handle the large cargo ships that can pass through the Panama Canal's locks when the project to widen the canal is completed in 2015. It could mean an economic windfall for Baltimore, but it faces competition from other ports.

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Cash Crunch Prompts Controversial Sales At Chicago's Field Museum

The museum, already hard-hit by the economic crash, didn't meet projected fundraising and attendance numbers, and now must make up a $5 million budget deficit. The shortfall forced it to sell some items in its renowned collection.
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McConnell Tries To Show He's Still At Home In Kentucky

The Senate minority leader is up for re-election next year, and polling in his state shows his popularity is suffering. Some voters complain that Mitch McConnell is out of touch with the people of the Bluegrass State, and others say it's time for some new blood. Still, he will be hard to beat.

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