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Senate Slugfest Highlights Hawaii's Changing Political Landscape

The contentious Democratic primary for the seat once held by the late longtime Sen. Daniel Inouye has placed age, gender and ethnicity at center stage.
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In Ranchers Vs. Weeds, Climate Change Gives Weeds An Edge

Invasive weeds are already a big headache for ranchers, who spend thousands of dollars to get rid of them. New research shows that a changing climate is likely to help many of these weeds thrive.
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Justices Divide By Gender In Hobby Lobby Contraception Case

The company, citing religion, argued before the Supreme Court that it shouldn't have to provide contraception coverage in its health plan. The coverage is mandated by the Affordable Care Act.
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David Samson: The Christie Aide Who Has Survived The Scandal

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie fired two of his aides when the "Bridgegate" scandal broke. He's standing by another ally, though: David Samson, a Port Authority appointee linked to several scandals.
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At Nuclear Summit, Ukraine Questions Dominate The Day

President Obama is holding a series of bilateral meetings with world leaders in The Hague. Although the event is focused on nuclear disarmament, international attention is dominated by events in Ukraine.
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The Writing's On The Wall For Cursive — Unless Lawmakers Can Save It

The Common Core State Standards have ended lessons in cursive writing, but lawmakers in some states are trying to change that. Blake Farmer of WPLN reports on an effort in Tennessee to revive cursive.
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Out Of White House And Congress, Two Proposals To Change NSA Practices

House Republicans are proposing a limit on the National Security Agency's phone records program. President Obama also repeated support for having phone companies keep the records, rather than the NSA.
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For Advocates And Telephone Companies, NSA Changes Are Welcome News

A House committee and the White House are proposing to move the NSA's phone records program to the hands of phone companies. Privacy advocates and phone companies both support these proposals.
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Bringing A 'Million Orchids' To Florida's Trees

The state's once-abundant orchid population has dwindled. Conservationists hope to change that by planting lab-grown flowers in urban areas throughout South Florida.
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Your Smartphone Is A Crucial Police Tool, If They Can Crack It

Suspects' smartphones contain a wealth of information: calls, photos, GPS data. With so much info, it's often all police need to make a case. But with fast-changing phone technology, it can take work.

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