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March Madness Starts With A Bang, And A Big Comeback

Ole Miss scored 62 points in the second half last night to dig its way out of a hole and into the big bracket, on the first day of the NCAA men's basketball tournament.
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Common Core Means 3 Tests In 3 Years For Michigan Kids

As exams kick off for the controversial learning standards, both students and teachers are trying to cope with the stress — and the political one-upmanship.
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Letter To White House Tested Positive For Cyanide, Secret Service Says

The envelope arrived Monday; the agency did not announce to whom the letter was addressed. Further tests are being conducted to confirm the results.
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Secret Service Wants Another White House (For Practice)

Before sending agents to the White House, the Secret Service wants to give them realistic training. The agency requested $8 million to build a replica. Some lawmakers say one White House is enough.
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Would Automatic Voter Registration Increase Turnout?

A new law in Oregon is designed to make voting easier. Advocates are looking to it to increase turnout, but that might not necessarily be the result.
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Why Defense Hawks Are Rejecting House Republicans' Budget

The budget proposal unveiled this week is already running into trouble over military spending. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Republicans who back a bigger defense budget say they oppose it.
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Abortion Provision In Human Trafficking Bill Delays Lynch Vote

The Senate remains deadlocked on what appeared to be a bipartisan bill which creates a fund for victims of human trafficking. Democrats object to language that would ban using the fund for abortions.
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The Sudden Fall Of Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock

Amid reports of lavish spending, Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock announced he's stepping down, surprising supporters and detractors. Illinois residents are struggling to make sense of the sudden move.
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SXSW Debuts Robot Petting Zoo For A Personal Peek Into The Future

Robots are coming — in fact they're already here. One exhibit at the South by Southwest interactive festival lets visitors get up close and personal to our future overlords.
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After Toxic Ash Spill, Energy Company And Locals Struggle Over Solution

A storage failure at a coal-fired Duke Energy plant sent tens of thousands of tons of ash into a North Carolina river last year. Now, the company wants to move its stored waste to two abandoned mines.

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