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Shipyard Workers Worry About Sequestration Furloughs

Military communities are keeping a wary eye on the sequester debate in Washington, D.C. In Maine, employees of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard have already been dealing with budget cuts. Now they could face furlough days as well. The smaller payroll could send shock waves through the local economy.
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Unarmed Teen's Murder Still Fuels Gun Debate

It's been one year since the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager was confronted by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in Florida. Zimmerman claimed self-defense under the state's "stand your ground" law, and the case has generated national attention about the law and race relations.
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Has The Nook Saved Barnes & Noble From Going The Way Of Borders?

In 2009, when Barnes and Noble was focused on competing with Borders, the company held out the arrival of the Nook as a force that would propel them to success. Now Borders is gone but Barnes and Noble is competing with corporate behemoths Apple and Amazon, and the Nook is falling far back in the pack.
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Witnesses To Take The Stand In BP Trial

A federal judge will hear testimony Tuesday in a civil suit over who is to blame and who should be financially liable for the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. On Monday, the court in New Orleans heard more than eight hours of opening statements from lawyers for the government and several defendants.
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Technology Upends Another Industry: Homebuilding

A Maryland building firm automated its home design process, and now it's looking to use another company to assemble houses on-site from parts. The firm has half as many workers as before the recession.
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Supreme Court Considers If Warrantless DNA Swab Violates Constitution

Twenty-eight states and the federal government have enacted laws that provide for automatic DNA collection from people at the time of their arrest. The question is whether it is unconstitutional to do that without a warrant, for the sole purpose of checking the DNA against a national crime scene database.
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Seeking A 'Field Of Dreams' For A Rising Drone Industry

Drone developers in upstate New York and other regions are striving to be named official testing sites for drones as the FAA creates regulations for their use. They hope to emerge as the Silicon Valleys of unmanned aerial systems, attracting billions of dollars and thousands of jobs.

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