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Will U.S. Try To Snuff Out State Marijuana Laws?

The Justice Department has a big decision to make. Parts of new laws in Colorado and Washington that legalize recreational marijuana take effect next month. The Obama administration must decide whether it will sue to stop that or let the states go their own way, despite federal law.
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Son Of Founder Of 'Hollywood Reporter' Apologizes For Hollywood Blacklist

W.R. Wilkerson III is apologizing for the trade paper's role in what he calls "Hollywood's holocaust," the blacklist that destroyed the careers of those accused of communist sympathies.
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In Seattle, 'Rainiest Day Of The Year' Defends Its Title

Monday's drenching was accompanied by mudslides and wind gusts that blew well past 100 mph in elevated areas. The day was particularly harrowing for one highway patrol officer, whose car was hit by a tree before bursting into flames.
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Fiscal Cliff Siren: Meet The Man Behind The Curtain

Debate over the so-called fiscal cliff has dominated the post-election agenda. But the challenge of dealing with long-term debt and the annual deficit has been brewing for years. And one man who has kept his focus and money on that target is the billionaire Peter G. Peterson.
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Documents Show FBI Kept Tabs On Stalin's Daughter After Defection

Lana Peters, who died last year, defected to the U.S. in 1967. The Associated Press, citing newly declassified documents, says the FBI was trying to gauge how the former Svetlana Alliluyeva's defection was affecting international relations.
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As Rockets Fly In Gaza, U.S. Influence Seems To Wane

The Obama Administration is hoping allies like Egypt and Turkey use their influence to persuade Hamas to stop firing rockets into Israel. But can the U.S. count on that kind of help, with a new government Egypt that doesn't see things the same way? The U.S. has shown no sign that it will pressure Israel to ease tensions. Officials have repeatedly said that Israel has the right to defend itself.
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Thousands Of Dead Fish A Stinky Reminder Of Sandy

More than two weeks after Sandy devastated lives across New York and New Jersey, one strange reminder of the storm has come to light: a mass of dead fish near commuter rail train tracks in New Jersey's Meadowlands.
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Obama First Sitting U.S. President To Visit Myanmar

President Obama visited Myanmar, also known as Burma, on Monday. In doing so, he became the first sitting U.S. president in history to visit the country. He was greeted by cheering crowds and promised the Burmese people that the U.S. would stand by them as Myanmar moved towards greater freedom and democracy. The president's visit was a controversial one, since the government there has yet to release many people the U.S. considers prisoners of conscience and large sections of the population are still suffering inter-communal violence. However the Obama administration says it wanted to applaud the reforms that have been made, and use the visit to encourage further progress.

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