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Obama Heads Back To School To Talk College Affordability

The president will spend the next two days on a bus tour of New York and Pennsylvania that includes stops at three colleges and a high school. At each stop, he'll be talking about ways to keep higher education costs down.
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Inside The Beef Industry's Battle Over Growth-Promotion Drugs

Beta agonists, a class of drugs widely fed to cattle and hogs to make them put on weight faster, are coming under increasing scrutiny. Reports suggest animals fed these drugs can seem reluctant to move — lethargic, unable to walk properly — and may die more often, too.
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Study Finds Stagnated, Declining Wages For Low Wage Earners

A new report finds wages over the past decade were stagnant or declined for the bottom 70 percent of American workers. It's part of a longer-term trend, but economists are divided over how to change it.
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VA Still Under Pressure To Reduce Disability Claim Backlog

A veterans group handed the White House a petition to take action on the "million veteran backlog" on Tuesday. But the Veterans Administration says that backlogged claims are dropping for the fifth month in a row and are now under half a million.
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Secret Ruling Found NSA's Surveillance Violated Constitution

The U.S. intelligence community is releasing a secret court opinion concerning an National Security Agency surveillance program. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court opinion is known to have found the NSA program unlawful. But civil liberties advocates have called for it to be made public.
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Manning Sentenced To 35 Years In Prison For Leaks

Army Pvt. Bradley Manning has been sentenced to 35 years in prison by the military judge who convicted him of multiple offenses for providing classified documents to the website Wikileaks.
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Sentencing Begins For Sgt. Who Killed 16 Afghan Civilians

Witnesses from Afghanistan have testified in the sentencing phase of the court martial of Sgt. Robert Bales. He's admitted to killing 16 Afghan villagers during a nighttime massacre, and a military jury in Washington state is deciding whether his life sentence should come with any possibility of parole.
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Secret Court: NSA Surveillance Program Was Unconstitutional

The government culled thousands of emails between Americans and misrepresented its surveillance efforts at least three times in three years, a 2011 FISA court opinion says.
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Weekly Innovation: Hey, You're Taking Too Long In The Shower

Just in time for college students returning to their dorms: an eco-friendly showerhead that reminds users they're wasting water by lingering. A light that changes from red to green has proven to shorten overall shower time.
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On A Rocky Maine Island, Puffins Are Making A Tenuous Comeback

The windswept island about 6 miles off the coast was a haven for a hugely diverse bird population until fishermen decimated the birds' ranks. Puffins have been successfully reintroduced to Eastern Egg Rock, but warming ocean waters may be threatening their ability to survive.

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