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After DOMA Ruling, Government Scrambles To Adjust

After the Supreme Court ruling overturning the Defense of Marriage Act, President Obama ordered federal agencies to revise their rules regarding benefits for same-sex spouses. But that will be simpler for some federal agencies than others.
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15-Ton Particle Ring Travels To Chicago By Land And By Sea

A lab in Chicago can produce particles called muons, but it needs an electromagnetic ring on Long Island to produce them. Since the 50-foot ring can't be taken apart or flown over houses, movers drove it to the shoreline and will sail it down the East Coast on a sea barge and up rivers to the Windy City.
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Gov. Rick Perry Will Keep Texas Guessing. Until Monday

Gov. Rick Perry is expected to answer the question of whether he'll run for re-election to a fourth term when he meets with supporters Monday.
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NASA Has Shut Down Space Telescope Orbiting Earth

Since its launch in 2003, GALEX photographed nebulae and spiral galaxies, and "used its ultraviolet vision to study hundreds of millions of galaxies across 10 billion years of cosmic time," NASA says.
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'Hotshot' Firefighters Are Elite, Close-Knit Groups

The 19 firefighters who died in Arizona were part of an elite "Hotshot" group. Kyle Dickman, an editor at Outside Magazine who embedded with one of those units, tells Audie Cornish about how the Hotshots operate and the type of people drawn to this line of work.
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Shock Gives Way To Sadness In Deaths Of 19 Firefighters

In Prescott, Ariz., the nearby Yarnell Hill fire was burning uncontrolled on Tuesday. That community is still coming to terms with the loss of 19 firefighters on Sunday.
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Obama Campaigners Try To Get Texas Fired Up For Democrats

Veterans of President Obama's presidential campaigns want to challenge Republicans' domination of the state's politics. The group says Texas' shifting demographics — including a fast-growing Hispanic population — combined with an intense grass-roots effort could give them an opening.
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Transit Strike Sends Commuters Scrambling In San Francisco

Public transit employees in the San Francisco Bay Area are on strike, leaving about 400,000 people looking for alternative routes to work. The striking BART workers walked out after negotiations over pay increases fell apart just as their four-year contract was set to expire.
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U.S. Wildfire Season Has Yet To Kick Into High Gear

We have the outlook for wildfire activity for the rest of the year and an assessment of the dramatic but relatively slow season so far.
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Ole Miss Turns Scary Racial Incident Into Teachable Moment

Instead of forgetting about a racially charged rally last November, a professor and civil rights activist at the University of Mississippi will teach incoming freshmen about social media. The seminar also teaches freshmen how to interact with other students, using discussions to settle arguments instead of violence.

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