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Obama's Treasury Secretary Nomination Reflective Of His Second Term Priorities

President Obama announced his nomination of Jack Lew as the new secretary of Treasury. Lew has been the president's third and — by some accounts — most successful chief of staff.
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Sheriff: Small Database Limits Effectiveness Of Background Checks For Gun Buys

Minneapolis Sheriff Richard Stanek is one of the law enforcement officials who met with Vice President Joe Biden recently to talk about gun violence prevention. Audie Cornish talks with him about the meeting and what he thinks ought to be done.
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Lawyers Say Teenage Terror Suspect Was Entrapped By FBI

Jury selection began Thursday in the trial of young Somali-American who is accused of wanting to detonate a bomb at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Ore., two years ago. The case of Mohamed Mohamud is drawing attention because the defendant was just a teenager when he was arrested and the charges leveled against him came as a result of an FBI sting operation. His lawyers are likely to mount an entrapment defense.
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Biden's Gun Violence Recommendations Could Include Expanded Background Checks

The Obama administration says it's looking at all the possible options for preventing future acts of gun violence. The White House can do some things on its own through executive action, but other proposals will have to wait on Congress.
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Mystery In Lottery Winner's Death May Lead To Exhumation

A small-business owner in Chicago won $1 million in July, but ended up dead before he could cash in his winnings. At first, authorities said the man died of natural causes, but later they said it was cyanide poisoning. Officials hope an autopsy can help provide more answers.

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