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Tech-Savvy Cities May Be 'Smart,' But Are They Wise?

Around the world, cities like Rio de Janeiro are using new technologies to solve their problems. And while there's great promise in many of these "smart" city programs, urban planner Anthony Townsend is wary of putting so much power in the hands of tech companies.
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House GOP Airs Their Differences Over Immigration Bill

House Speaker John Boehner convened a closed-door meeting of his Republican caucus Wednesday to figure out how his chamber can deal with the immigration issue. The Senate has already passed an overhaul that many conservatives find unacceptable because it gives 11 million illegal immigrants a path to citizenship.
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Wal-Mart Fumes Over D.C. Council Wage Vote

Over the strong objections of Wal-Mart, the City Council in Washington D.C. has approved a bill that would require some large retailers to pay workers a minimum of $12.50 an hour. The city's minimum wage is $8.25. Wal-Mart has threatened to scrap plans to open three stores in the city if the measure is signed by the mayor and becomes law. Patrick Madden of member station WAMU reports.
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Inmates Across California Join Hunger Strike Over Conditions

Thousands of prisoners across the state are expressing solidarity with inmates being held in solitary confinement at Pelican Bay State Prison in northern California.
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Snowden Is A Whistle-Blower, Americans Say In Poll

More than half of American voters in a new Quinnipiac University poll say that Edward Snowden is a whistle-blower, not a traitor. Interviewers asked more than 2,000 people about the National Security Agency contract worker who leaked secret documents about U.S. surveillance.
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Asiana Flight 214: Both Pilots Were Well-Rested, The NTSB Says

The flying pilot had the day off before the flight to San Francisco. He says he got eight hours of sleep and came to the airport six hours before the flight, says National Transportation Safety Board chief Deborah Hersman. The plane's crash-landing Saturday killed two passengers and injured dozens.
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GOP Says, Why Not Delay That Health Care Law, Like, Forever?

The Obama administration's decision to delay an employer insurance requirement in the Affordable Care Act seems like a good idea to Republicans. So good, in fact, that GOP senators and congressmen are saying that the entire health care overhaul should be reconsidered.
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Bros Get Wasted; Girls Get Tipsy: Why Boozy Talk Matters

The words people use to describe their drinking behavior can say a lot about how they perceive drinking, a perception that may not match reality, researchers say. And the language may also reveal risks that may not be obvious to the drinkers themselves.
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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Pleads Not Guilty To 30 Federal Counts In Boston

Appearing in the same Boston federal courtroom as many of the victims of the bombings at the Boston Marathon, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty to 30 counts Wednesday, including using a weapon of mass destruction in the bombings, which killed three people and wounded more than 260.
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In A First, Unmanned Navy Jet Lands On Aircraft Carrier

The X-47B is an experimental flying wing with a UFO-like profile. Now it's also the first unmanned aerial vehicle to land on an aircraft carrier.

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