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Lotteries Take In Billions, Often Attract The Poor

Americans wager nearly $60 billion a year on lotteries. Revenues help states, which use the money to provide services. But researchers say the games often draw low-income gamblers who are on welfare.
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Federal Judge Declares Death Penalty Unconstitutional In California

Systemic delays create a system that is arbitrary, a federal judge in Orange County decided. Death penalty advocates, however, say delays are a bigger problem for victims' families.
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U.S. Sanctions Major Russian Banks And Energy Companies

The Obama administration announced new sanctions Wednesday that go well beyond any previously imposed in its dispute with Russia over Ukraine. It's not clear whether Europeans will match them.
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Like Clockwork, Impeachment Talk Surfaces — But Action's Unlikely

Citing a list of grievances, some conservative advocates have been raising the possibility of impeaching President Obama. But the calls have become routine in the second term of the modern presidency.
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With A Series Of Small Bans, Cities Turn Homelessness Into A Crime

By prohibiting acts like loitering and sleeping in public, cities hope to make streets safer. But advocates for the homeless say this type of legislation can be counterproductive.
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With New Virtual Currency Rules, N.Y. Regulators Must Tow A Fine Line

New York banking regulators are expected to release new rules this week governing Bitcoin and other virtual currencies. As WSHU's Charles Lane reports, industry experts are both welcoming the regulations and still worried they could go too far.
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Miss. Primary Saga Rolls On, As McDaniel Refuses To Back Down

Six weeks after the Mississippi GOP Senate primary, controversy still swirls around the outcome, as defeated challenger Chris McDaniel continues to dispute the election's results.
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Patients With Low-Cost Insurance Struggle To Find Specialists

A Houston internist who supported the Affordable Care Act now finds that many of her patients who bought less expensive coverage have trouble getting the specialized care they need.
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With A Rules Change For A Lever, Senate Ends Judge's 17-Year Wait

The Senate has voted 53 to 44 to confirm Ronnie White for a federal court judgeship in Missouri, 17 years after he was first nominated by President Bill Clinton.
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In The Voice Of A Border District, A Story Of The Immigration Crisis

Rep. Pete Gallego of Texas represents a district that sprawls for 800 miles along the U.S.-Mexico border. He speaks to Audie Cornish about the border crisis as seen firsthand, suggesting the actions he'd like to see the White House and Congress take.

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