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Mass. Prison Reviews Court's Transgender Ruling

Massachusetts Prison officials say they are still going over a federal court decision ordering them to provide sex change surgery to a prison inmate. Critics are urging officials to appeal what they call an "outrageous abuse of taxpayer funds." The decision reflects a national trend of treating gender identity disorder as a legitimate medical condition deserving treatment like any other.
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First Lady Urges Delegates To Round Up Voters

Michelle Obama spoke at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday. On Wednesday, she made the rounds in Charlotte, N.C. talking to groups of delegates. The way to fight back, she said, was for delegates to step up their person-to-person ground game aimed at winning more votes for her husband.
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Bill Clinton Captivates Delegates, Nominates Obama

On the second night of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., former President Bill Clinton made a rousing case for President Barack Obama to be re-elected to a second term. Clinton went through all the GOP arguments — answering each charge.
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N.J. Mayor Booker Backs Democratic Party Platform

Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, N.J., presented the Democratic Party platform this week at the convention in Charlotte, N.C. Booker tells Steve Inskeep the economy is in a much better place than it was four years ago when Barack Obama first ran for president.
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Thousands Shut Out Of Obama' Acceptance Speech

President Obama was to deliver his acceptance speech at an outdoor football stadium in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday. But citing a chance of thunderstorms, the campaign decided to move the speech indoors to the smaller convention center. Some Republicans say the move was made because Democrats couldn't fill all the stadium seats.
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Nesting Loons Help Researchers Track Toxins

Scientists have found that the aquatic birds are good indicators of toxins in the environment. That's why researchers have taken to the waters of western Maine for what's believed to be the longest-running loon monitoring study in North America.
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Improviser In Chief: Clinton Text Vs. Audio

The same Bill Clinton who was known for winging it through speeches as president and as a candidate was at it again Wednesday night, departing from the prepared text for his address to the Democratic convention. Compare the prepared text with the audio and video.
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Wonky Clinton Wows Convention In Muscular Obama Sales Pitch

Former President Bill Clinton packed his speech with policy and numbers, folksy asides accentuated with an Arkansas drawl, and a full-on attempt to rebut messages out of the GOP convention. While it's too early to call the former president Obama's closer, he came about as close as it gets.
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Secret Service Investigates Claim That Romney's Tax Returns Were Stolen

An anonymous ransom note causes a stir by alleging that Pricewaterhouse Coopers' network was hacked — and copies of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's tax returns were copied.

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