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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Faces Runoff In Re-Election Bid

The one-time White House chief of staff will face off against a longtime county commissioner in April.
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Even Pickaxes Couldn't Stop The Nation's First Oil Pipeline

The debate over Keystone XL is nothing compared to the battle over the nation's first commercial oil pipeline. It transformed how energy was transported forever — but not without sabotage and threats.
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Tables Have Turned As Senate Barrels Toward Homeland Security Deadline

In many ways, nothing has changed from past funding deadlines. Except this time it's the Republicans howling at the Democrats for being the obstructionists.
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Republicans Hope To Use Homeland Security Budget As Leverage On Immigration

Congress has a Friday midnight deadline to pass a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security. But even though Republicans are now in charge of both chambers, the challenge of getting legislation through remains.
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Little-Known Laws Help Sex-Trafficking Victims Clear Criminal Records

"I'm not ever going to forget what I've done," says a woman once convicted of prostitution. "But, at the same time, I don't want it thrown in my face every time I'm trying to seek employment."

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Gerbils Likely Pushed Plague To Europe in Middle Ages

Shifts in climate in the Middle Ages likely drove bubonic plague bacteria from gerbils in Asia to people in Europe, research now suggests. Rats don't deserve all the blame.
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A Stolen iPhone, A New Connection And Minor Celebrity In China

Months after Buzzfeed writer Matt Stopera's phone was stolen, new pictures from China started uploading to his photo stream.
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Christie Delivers N.J. Budget Address Amid Fiscal Challenges

On Monday, a state court dealt a huge blow to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's administration's plans when it said the state couldn't continue to withhold payments to the state pension plan.
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Here's Where Emoji Skin-Tone Colors Come From

Apple will be rolling out a more diverse set of emojis with browner — and yellower — skin tones. Here's the science behind how they come up with the colors.
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Sniper Trial Could Be In Jury's Hands Soon

Eddie Ray Routh has been charged with killing former Navy Seal Chris Kyle, the subject of the film American Sniper, and another man. Routh has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity

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