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Online Shoppers Brace For Sales Tax Measure

The U.S. Senate is poised to pass the Marketplace Fairness Act that allows states to collect taxes from out-of-state merchants. Tax policy experts say this long-sought bill brings fairness to the tax system and much needed money to state and local governments. But small online sellers are incensed at what they see as a new tax burden.
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What's Next In The Gun Control Debate?

Gun-control groups are regrouping after a bill to tighten background checks for gun sales failed to overcome a filibuster last week in the Senate. The failure was not only a stinging defeat for President Obama, it was also a setback for the new players in the debate.
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1 Inmate Impregnated 4 Guards At Md. Jail, Prosecutors Say

In what sounds like a plot from The Wire, authorities say one gang has basically been running things at the Baltimore City Detention Center. The ring leader is accused of not only running his gang from the jail, but also of having sexual relations with female guards. Twenty five people face charges.
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Update: Suspect, 5 Others Dead After Shooting In Ill. Town

Authorities say the killings happened in Manchester, Ill., north of St. Louis. A suspect is reportedly in custody. One other person, said to be a child, was injured.
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Boeing To Resume 787 Deliveries; NTSB Probes Certification

The transportation safety agency is trying to find out why the certification process for the new passenger aircraft didn't catch a critical problem with batteries.
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Boston Bombing Investigation: Wednesday's Developments

There are reports that the suspects planned to head to New York City next. Also, surviving suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is said to have told investigators the plot was put together only recently.
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People On Terrorism Watch List Not Blocked From Buying Guns

Under current laws, if a background check shows your name is on the national terror watch list, you can still purchase a gun. Government data show that people on terrorism watch lists were able to buy guns or explosives after a background check more than 1,300 times between 2004 and 2010.
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For Corn, Fickle Weather Makes For Uncertain Yields

Corn production was down last year thanks to drought. This year, conditions are too cold and wet for farmers to plant the crop. Without a break in the clouds pretty soon, there may be another shortage of the crop at harvest time.
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Armstrong 'Unjustly Enriched' Self, Justice Department Says

The department filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the disgraced cyclist who earned millions through his sponsorship with the U.S. Postal Service. According to The Associated Press, Armstrong's attorney called the government's complaint "opportunistic, and insincere."
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Charges Dropped Against Man Accused Of Sending Ricin Letters

Authorities have dropped charges against a man accused of mailing ricin-laced letters to President Obama and Congress.

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