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Feds Unlikely To Prosecute Zimmerman, Former Prosecutors Say

After seeing a Florida jury acquit George Zimmerman of the charges against him for the death of Trayvon Martin, those who have handled such cases on the federal level say they have doubts about the likelihood of a hate crimes prosecution being made.
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Reid's Limited Senate Options Lead To 'Nuclear' Threat

Sen. Harry Reid's current reality seems to give him few choices other than threatening to change the Senate's rules to restrict the use of filibusters.
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Stand Your Ground Laws Under Scrutiny Post-Zimmerman Verdict

George Zimmerman didn't invoke the stand your ground law in his trial, but in Florida and elsewhere similar self-defense measures are expected to come under heightened scrutiny.
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After DOMA Ruling, Binational Gay Couples Face New Issues

There are an estimated 28,000 gay and lesbian binational couples in the country, and for years many have been separated by immigration laws that didn't recognize their marriage. But now that the Supreme Court struck down a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act, same-sex couples can apply for their foreign-born husbands, wives and fiancees to join them in the United States.
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Lucky Breakdown: Fans Take Stranded Dave Matthews To Show

The singer was stuck on Saturday when his bike suffered a flat tire. But he made it to the show in Hershey, Pa., on time when a couple who were headed to the concert recognized the cellphone-less star. They were rewarded with great seats, dinner backstage and a good story.
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Holder: Travyon Martin Killing 'Tragic, Unnecessary'

Attorney General Eric Holder spoke to a prominent African-American sorority of the "tragic, unnecessary shooting death of Trayvon Martin" on Monday, saying the Justice Department is still investigating the matter. "We are resolved, as you are, to combat violence involving or directed at young people," he told members of Delta Sigma Theta in Washington, D.C.
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Doctors Heed Prescription For Computerized Records

Doctors are rushing to take advantage of federal incentives to computerize their offices. Even now, many physicians still rely on paper records for patients. While the digital approach offers some advantages, the cost and complexity of switching can be daunting.
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Rare American Chestnut Stands Tall In Northern New York

American chestnuts once made up a quarter of all the forest between Maine and Georgia. Animals depended on the tree for its fruit and humans used the wood. But at the beginning of the last century, a blight wiped out almost all of the chestnut trees. A few survive, including one specimen in upstate New York. The family that planted that tree 27 years ago enjoys its blooms each year at this time.
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Critics: Immigration Reform Takes Jobs Away From Black Workers

Opponents of the Senate immigration bill and its path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants rallied on Capitol Hill on Monday.
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Former Goldman Sachs Vice President Goes On Trial

Three years ago the Securities and Exchange Commission filed civil charges against Goldman Sachs and one of its traders, Fabrice Tourre. They were charged with misleading investors over mortgage-backed securities. Goldman settled and agreed to pay $550 million. Tourre's trial began Monday in a Manhattan court room.

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