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Pioneering Native American Leader Marge Anderson Dies

Anderson was the first woman to lead a Minnesota Indian tribe, and led efforts to secure tribal hunting and fishing rights on Lake Mille Lacs. She died Saturday at age 81 of natural causes.
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How Firefighters Cope With Profound Tragedy

The 19 firefighters killed in Arizona Sunday represented the worst loss for their profession since Sept. 11, 2001. The number of firefighters killed in the line of duty has been in decline, but departments are seeking innovative ways to offer support in times of grief.
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Leak Case Highlights Troubles With Security Clearance Checks

Everyone with a security clearance has to undergo a background check, and those checks are often conducted by outside contractors. Lawmakers say some investigators have been convicted of falsifying reports, and the biggest contractor is under investigation in a "complicated contract fraud case."
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Will Texas Become A Presidential Battleground?

In recent years, Democrats have gained the upper hand in the Electoral College. Virginia and Florida, once GOP strongholds, have turned purple. Now, Democrats are turning their attention to the biggest Republican prize of all, Texas.
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Kids Unplugged: Summer Camps Ban Electronics

A decade ago, many summer camps nationwide instituted a no-tech policy. Technology has changed since then, and social media threatens to distract kids' attention more than ever. But while kids are kept from their gadgets, behind the scenes, technology is enhancing their safety.
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BART Strike Hits Commuters; No Word On Service Resumption

Monday's strike bogged down commuters in the San Francisco area. Member station KQED says some 200,000 people looked for alternative ways to get to work.
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Guidelines Aim To Clear Confusion Over Ear Tubes For Kids

Many young children get surgery for ear tubes to prevent infections, but it can be hard to figure out which children will benefit. The first guidelines on when children need tubes could help reduce the confusion.
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The ZIP Code Turns 50 Today; Here Are 9 That Stand Out

The U.S. Postal Service began using the five-digit ZIP code in 1963. In recognition of the anniversary, we've examined the list of more than 40,000 ZIP codes and highlighted a few that deserve extra attention.
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Jury Acquits Man Who Wrote On Sidewalk With Chalk

Jeffrey Olson faced 13 years in jail for protesting against banks by writing on a sidewalk with chalk. But a San Diego jury of two men and 10 women found him not guilty of criminal vandalism.
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Calif. Judge Rules Yoga In Public Schools Not Religious

The decision came after some parents in the San Diego area sued the Encinitas Union School District to stop yoga classes because they believed the ancient Indian practice had religious overtones. An attorney for the patents said they'd likely appeal.

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