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Walgreens Cashes In On Department Stores' Pain

At the turn of the 20th century, visiting a drug store meant going to a soda counter with a pharmacist. If you wanted to go shopping, you would go to a department store. Now that trend is reversing: drug stores are battling to keep consumers in the store for longer.
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Supreme Court Expands Gay Rights In 2 Major Rulings

In one case, a divided court struck down a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act, enabling same-sex couples in states that allow gay marriage to qualify for federal benefits. The court also ruled that plaintiffs in a gay marriage case from California lacked standing — it carved the way for gay marriages to resume in California.
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Ruling Clears The Way For More Benefits For Same-Sex Couples

For some couples, the Supreme Court's ruling to strike down part of the Defense of Marriage Act will have significant financial impact. The amount of federal income tax they pay could go down, and their health insurance and other benefits could be affected too.
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Agriculture's Waning Influence In Washington Hinders Farmers

Many Midwest farmers are behind in planting corn and soybeans, thanks to a cool spring and heavy rain. Now, they're getting a chill from Congress, too, as the House voted down a new farm bill last week. In Iowa, some farmers say they're disappointed and frustrated that farm policy is on hold, largely because of arguments over nutrition programs they think shouldn't even be in the farm bill.
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Reaction To Gay-Marriage Rulings Run The Gamut

In two rulings on Wednesday, the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and cleared the way for same-sex marriages to begin again in California. There were celebrations after the rulings were announced but others did not welcome the news.
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Gay Military Spouses To Benefit From Supreme Court Ruling

Gay spouses of service members have long been denied the substantial benefits available to heterosexual couples. Now, Wednesday's Supreme Court ruling that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act means gay married couples can look forward to more equal treatment from the Pentagon.
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Expecting Parents Ask For Help Naming Their Son

A Connecticut couple couldn't decide whether to name their soon-to-be-born son Jackson or Logan. So according to the New Haven Register, they decided to take a poll of customers at Starbucks. In the end, they went with their own suggestion: Logan Jackson.
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A Look At The Nastiest And Cleanest U.S. Beaches

The Natural Resources Defense Council released its annual beach report card, detailing the levels of bacteria measured at beaches across the nation. Several beaches on the East Coast get gold stars..

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Joyous 'Bedlam' Expected When San Francisco Gay Marriages Resume

Who will be presiding over the same-sex marriages that are expected to start up again, perhaps next month? An 80-year-old retired woman, among others.
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Moonshine As Moneymaker? Eastern Tennessee Will Drink To That

Locals in eastern Tennessee have been making moonshine for centuries. But until a few years ago, it was pretty hard for most distillers to do so legally. Now, entrepreneurs have turned their moonshine heritage into a way to boost the local economy and help farmers, too.

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