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Civil War Veteran Awarded Medal Of Honor, 150 Years Later

President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor on Thursday to a soldier who stayed at his post under withering fire, 150 years ago. Lt. Alonzo Cushing was just 22, commanding an artillery battery during the final day of the Battle of Gettysburg.
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FBI Relies On Local Communities To Identify Foreign Fighters

The director of the FBI, James Comey, told an audience in New York this week that there is no pattern to identify the people who are traveling to Syria to fight — so the FBI is counting on local communities to tip them off to foreign fighters. The program is part of the Obama administration's effort to Combat Violent Extremism. Muslim communities are wary.
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Brooklyn Prosecutor Could Be Nominated Attorney General In Coming Days

Loretta Lynch, the top federal prosecutor in Brooklyn, could be nominated to lead the Justice Department in the coming days. She'd be the first African-American woman to hold the post.
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How Boy Bits First Came To Be

Certain birth defects in male children are on the rise, and nobody knows why. Scientists say basic research into how external genitalia evolved in reptiles and rodents might offer a few clues.
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Boehner Says Rolling Back Obamacare Is GOP Priority

In his first news conference since an overwhelming victory for Republicans on Tuesday, the House speaker also said approval of the Keystone XL pipeline is a key item on the GOP agenda.
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The Secret Lives Of Teachers: Up, Up And Away!

Our series continues as we head into the sky with a social studies teacher with a passion for flying.
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Fewer Babies Are Born Prematurely, But Many Still Suffer

The rate of premature births in the United States has dropped to 11 percent, showing continued progress in preventing the risks of prematurity. But there are big disparities among the states.
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You're Growing Older ... Is Your Life Getting Better Or Worse?

After a middle-aged slump, most folks in the U.S. and other wealthy countries report greater happiness. But in less well-off nations, people report a sharp, never-ending decline in satisfaction.
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Florida Activists Arrested For Serving Food To Homeless

Activists in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., were arrested twice this week for giving out food to the homeless in a park. Arnold Abbott, 90, says he will continue to serve the food even if he's arrested again.
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Lt. Alonzo Cushing, Hero Of Gettysburg, Awarded Medal Of Honor

President Obama bestowed the nation's highest honor for battlefield bravery to the Union officer, who was killed defending a key ridge against Pickett's charge.

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