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Citing Health, Environment Concerns, New York Moves To Ban Fracking

Officials in New York said on Wednesday that the state will ban hydraulic fracturing there. The move follows years of efforts by environmentalists, who have called on the state to ban the practice.
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Mixed Reactions In Miami On Diplomatic Overtures To Cuba

When he announced the release of Alan Gross and plans to resume diplomatic ties with Cuba, Obama also referenced Miami. Some Cuban Americans welcome the changes, others see the action as a betrayal.
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S.C. Judge Rules 1944 Execution Of 14-Year-Old Boy Was Wrong

An African-American boy, George Stinney Jr., who was executed in the killing of two young white girls has been exonerated, 70 years after he became the youngest person executed in the U.S.
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Arctic Is Warming Twice As Fast As World Average

Polar bears continue to take a hit in regions with the greatest loss of snow and ice, the latest report card on the Arctic shows. Meanwhile, plankton are thriving as the sea heats up.
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Supreme Court Refuses To Block Arizona Driver's Licenses For 'Dreamers'

Arizona's appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court failed to prevent the state from having to issue driving permits to undocumented immigrants brought into the country as children.
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The U.S. Says North Korea Ordered The Sony Hack. How Do We Respond?

The cyberattack successfully achieved its unusually public goals. The question, reporter David Sanger says, is how the United States can punish what already is the world's most-sanctioned nation.
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S.C. Judge Says 1944 Execution Of 14-Year-Old Boy Was Wrong

In her ruling, Circuit Judge Carmen Mullen wrote that she found that "fundamental, Constitutional violations of due process exist in the 1944 prosecution of George Stinney, Jr."
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U.S. Officials Believe North Korea Was Behind Sony Hack

The recent attack on Sony Pictures' computer network that resulted in a flood of confidential data has its origins in North Korea, U.S. intelligence officials say.
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Satanist And Christian Holiday Displays To Go Up At Michigan Capitol

The situation has brought controversy — and energized Christians who realized that a planned Nativity scene was in danger of being canceled.
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U.S. Deal May Not Change Life Much For Everyday Cubans

Melissa Block talks to Steve Wicary, a freelance journalist based in Havana, about reactions on the ground in Cuba, to the announcement that the U.S. and Cuba will normalize relations.

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