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Sgt. Who Admitted To Killing Afghans Apologizes In Court

"Sorry just isn't good enough, but I am sorry." That apology was offered Thursday by Army Sgt. Robert Bales — in a military court at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state. Bales agreed to plead guilty to killing 16 Afghan civilians as part of a deal that spared him the death penalty. His sentencing hearing is wrapping up this week.
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Is Government's Renewed Push On Mortgage Fraud Too Late?

Are federal prosecutors gearing up to file more big mortgage fraud cases? Bank of America was targeted recently, and JPMorgan Chase has disclosed that it is under investigation. Now that banks have returned to profitability, regulators may be more willing to take action. But time may be running out in some cases.
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911 Call Captures School Employee Talking Down Gunman

We hear some of the 911 call from a Georgia school clerk to the police earlier this week. Antoinette Tuff, who works at the McNair Discovery Learning Center, talked a 20-year-old gunman who was brandishing an AK-47 and shooting at police, into giving himself up.
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Justice Department Sues Texas Over Strict Voter ID Law

The Justice Department is suing the state of Texas over its strict voter ID law, saying it discriminates against minorities. The attorney general also wants a judge to order Texas to get federal permission before it changes its election procedures.
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'Uncertain' Science: Judith Curry's Take On Climate Change

When Republicans on Capitol Hill want to hear reasons not to take strong action on climate change, sometimes they call on Judith Curry to testify. The climatologist has staked out an unusual position on the subject: She says the climate is changing and people are partly responsible, but we shouldn't bother regulating carbon dioxide.
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Do The Data Exist To Make A College-Rating System Work?

President Obama unveiled a plan on Thursday that would, for the first time, tie federal student aid to a new rating system for colleges and universities. The problem is that many of the things the administration wants to measure to rate schools are hard to pin down.
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New Activists Harness Memory Of 1963 March On Washington

Events commemorating the March on Washington started Wednesday evening, and got under way in earnest on Thursday.
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Detroit's Packard Complex Could Sell Below $100,000 If Deal Fails

The Packard plant, which once symbolized the might of America's auto industry, is at risk of heading to auction if a pending development deal fails. If that happens, The Detroit Free Press reports, the 35-acre site could eventually be sold "for as little as $21,000."
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For Strokes, Superfast Treatment Means Better Recovery

A new study says that getting treatment within 90 minutes of a stroke leads to excellent recovery for many people. It's often hard to get treatment that quickly, doctors say. But hospitals and patients really need to try.
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How Hospitals Can Help Patients Quit Smoking Before Surgery

Doctors often tell patients to stop smoking before surgery, but precious few help out with that. A hospital in Canada found that just offering a few simple kinds of help was enough to get more people to quit before going under the knife.

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