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Why Is It So Hard For A Horse To Win The Triple Crown?

It's been 36 years since a horse won racing's ultimate trifecta. For California Chrome to break the drought Saturday, the colt must contend with challenges that have stymied a dozen horses before him.
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Can Civilian Health Care Help Fix The VA? Congress Weighs In

In response to the crisis in lengthy wait times for medical care, Congress and veterans groups again are debating the proper role of private sector solutions.
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FBI: San Francisco Man Had Bomb Components 'To Maim Or Kill'

Ryan Kelly Chamberlain, 42, was arrested on Monday after a three-day manhunt prompted by a search of his apartment. The FBI search turned up the device.
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In Warsaw, Obama Vows To Keep Rattled Allies Out Of Russian Orbit

President Obama is starting a European trip in Poland, where he will meet allied leaders from central and eastern Europe. They are worried about Russia's intentions after the recent events in Ukraine.
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Russia Takes Helm Of UN Security Council, Turns Focus On Ukraine

In June, Russia serves as the president of the United Nations Security Council. Already, that has meant a focus on Ukraine. Russia wants the Ukrainian government to end its military crackdown on separatists. It has also called for consultations on the humanitarian situation in the country.
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Gun Shots Interrupt Interview, But The Conversation Just Gets Started

During a conversation between a reporter and community activists on Chicago's South Side, gunshots not more than 100 feet away shattered an otherwise quiet afternoon. After the initial shock wore off, the neighborhood leaders expressed their frustration over their community's connection with gun violence and engaged in a deep conversation about its underlying causes — and what can be done to solve them.
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Former Taliban Ministers Leave Guantanamo, Trailed By Questions

A debate has arisen recently over the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl: Did the U.S. negotiate with terrorists to win his release, or was this the kind of commonplace prisoner swap that comes in the final months of a war? The five men released in exchange for Bergdahl's safe return weren't common fighters; they were members of the Taliban government. And the arrangements of their release could offer a template for how to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay.
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Teachers Hit The Common Core Wall

For educators, the challenges of Common Core are huge.
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Minimum Wage Hikes Popular, But May Not Spread Everywhere

Seattle minimum wage workers will see a gradual raise to $15 an hour — the highest in the nation. That won't end the argument about whether increases help or hurt employment.
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Could A 6-Cent Tax Sour Us On Soda And Sugary Drinks?

A new study argues that taxing sodas and sugary drinks by the calorie would spur consumers to cut back. A 6-cent tax per 12-ounce can would lead to 5,800 fewer calories consumed per year, it found.

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