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Montana Man Found Guilty Of Killing German Exchange Student

Markus Kaarma shot 17-year-old Diren Dede, who had entered his garage, over the summer. The case was a test of the state's "castle doctrine," which says a man's home can be defended like his castle.
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Is Your State Ready For The Next Infectious Outbreak? Probably Not

Public health has a way of slipping off the radar when people aren't scared about Ebola or anthrax. But that doesn't mean the threats go away. And most states aren't prepared for the next one.
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Pakistan Keeps On Vaccinating Despite Tough Terrain And Terror Threat

Just getting a measles vaccine to a child in Pakistan was once an impossible dream. Despite many obstacles, health workers have made great progress in stopping infectious diseases.
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The Many Rabbit Holes (Or Should We Say Labyrinths) Of 'Serial'

No matter how you view the podcast, there's an endless supply of avenues you can explore and different conversations you can have.
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Santa Pays An Early Visit To Cape Cod Eateries

At Marylou's Coffee in Hyannis, Mass., a man delivered 15 envelopes to employees, each containing $100. He did the same thing at Dunkin' Donuts. He's described as having white hair and a white beard.
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TSA Administrator Says Airport Screening Is More Efficient, Risk-Based

The head of the government agency that screens airline passengers is winding down his duties. John Pistole reflects on the TSA's move away from a one-size-fits-all approach.
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Rapprochement With Cuba: What It Includes And Excludes

President Obama's move to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba does not lift the trade embargo. That jurisdiction belongs to Congress, but do the upcoming changes all but undermine the embargo?
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Rep. Sires Pushes Back Against Obama's Cuba Plans

President Obama's action to begin normalizing relations with Cuba has drawn harsh criticism from members of Congress in both parties. One of those critics is Rep. Albio Sires, who was born in Cuba.
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Obama Announces Diplomatic Thaw With Cuba

In re-opening ties with Cuba, the president follows through on strategy he outlined during his first White House campaign. He believes engagement with Cuba is a more powerful tool than isolation.
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Citing Health, Environment Concerns, New York Moves To Ban Fracking

Officials in New York said on Wednesday that the state will ban hydraulic fracturing there. The move follows years of efforts by environmentalists, who have called on the state to ban the practice.

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