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A Dry Reservation Clashes With Its Liquor Store Neighbors

A conflict over alcohol is escalating in the tiny town of Whiteclay, Neb., which sells millions of cans of beer annually to residents of the nearby Pine Ridge Reservation. While protesters are trying to block beer deliveries to the town, some tribal leaders are considering legalizing alcohol at Pine Ridge.
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Infections From Contaminated Injections Can Lurk Undetected

Some people exposed to tainted steroid injections in last year's meningitis outbreak had slow-moving spinal infections that escaped detection until they had MRI scans. Many of the people didn't have symptoms, or thought the pain was due to their longstanding back problems.
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Snowden Reportedly In 'Informal' Asylum Talks With Iceland

After initial reports that an asylum-seeker would have to be in Iceland for their application to be considered, the AP says Edward Snowden is in "informal talks" with Iceland about applying for asylum.
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Democratic Bill Would Limit Government's Digital Surveillance

Robert Siegel talks to Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) about the legislation he is co-sponsoring with Sen. Ron Wyden, to limit the federal government's ability to collect data on Americans without links to terrorism or espionage.
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Obama Evokes Cold War In Speech At Berlin's Brandenburg Gate

Against a backdrop that evoked the Cold War, President Obama renewed his push to reduce the world's nuclear stockpiles on Wednesday. Obama delivered an address outside the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. He also meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
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Amid Violence, Chicagoan Fights For Right To Bear Arms

He's a hero to the National Rifle Association for fighting to overturn Chicago's ban on handguns and now he wants to be among the first in Chicago to carry a concealed weapons. 79-year-old Chicagoan Otis McDonald took on city hall and won, big time, in his own personal fight for his right to bear arms — his way of trying to reduce the gun violence that plagues his and other neighborhoods in Chicago, even though many of his neighbors aren't thrilled about McDonald's Second Amendment activism.
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Russia And China Dinged In U.S. Human Trafficking Report

The State Department issued its annual report on Human Trafficking on Wednesday and some key countries, including Russia and China, are getting downgraded. The report says that more countries were downgraded than upgraded this year and that's because of corruption and the lack of political will to confront entrenched forced labor interests, including shrimping in Thailand, palm oil in Malaysia and construction in Russia, which will be hosting the Olympics in 2014.
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Detroit Labor Groups Butt Heads With Bondholders Over City's Debt

Detroit's state-appointed emergency manager says the city is bankrupt and the fight over who will get what is heating up. In the next month, Kevyn Orr will try to wring concessions out of the city's creditors before he decides whether to take the whole mess to bankruptcy court. Orr's plan proposes "shared sacrifice among all creditor groups." But in reality, that pits the city's retirees against its bondholders — and bondholders against each other.
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Federal Reserve To Continue Bond-Buying Program

Federal Reserve policymakers say the economy is doing slightly better than it was last fall, but the Fed's $85 billion per month stimulus program will continue for the time being. Speaking at news conference in Washington, D.C., Chairman Ben Bernanke indicated the Fed might begin tapering the stimulus program later this year. The Fed repeated earlier statements that it would hold short-term interest rates near zero until the jobless rate reaches 6.5 percent as long as inflation remains in check.
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Vaccine Against HPV Has Cut Infections In Teenage Girls

A vaccine against a virus that causes cervical cancer has cut infections among teenage girls by over half in the first four years of use, scientists report. Only about one-third of girls in that age group have received the recommended shots.

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