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Patients Can Pay A High Price For ER Convenience

Free-standing emergency rooms, separate from hospitals, are popping up across the country. Many look like urgent-care centers, but the ERs charge much more. Many consumers don't realize the difference until they get the bill.
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North Carolina Governor Signs Controversial Voter ID Bill

The measure signed Monday by Gov. Pat McCrory overhauls the state's election laws. It requires government-issued photo IDs at the polls, reduces the early voting period by one week and ends same-day registration.
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Veteran And Service Dog Told To Leave N.J. Boardwalk

A 19-year Army veteran was given a summons and told to leave the ocean-side boardwalk in North Wildwood, N.J., after a police officer refused to accept the presence of the veteran's service dog. It was reportedly the first vacation for Jared Goering and his wife, Sally, in years.
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Ala. School District Cancels Bus Service, Igniting Controversy

The decision by a suburban Birmingham school district to eliminate its busing program has erupted into a controversy over race and class. Officials in the Hoover school district say they were forced to drop the buses because of a severe budget shortfall. Many community members believe the decision was designed to force out the growing numbers of minority and low-income students who are lowering average test scores in Hoover schools.
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Waging A 'No Parking' War Along Malibu's Beaches

A trip to Malibu is the perfect getaway during your summer vacation. But good luck finding a place to park. Some Malibu residents place fake "No Parking" signs along the coast to keep tourists off of public beaches. And it's not just a problem in Malibu. A bill in the California Legislature would allow the state's Coastal Commission to start cracking down on the 600 backlogged public access violations along the coast.
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Holder Proposes Reducing Minimum Sentences For Drug Offenses

Attorney General Eric Holder outlined federal steps to cut long prison sentences for some drug offenders. In a speech before the American Bar Association, Holder said the change is necessary to curb growing incarceration costs and to make the justice system more fair.
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NYPD's 'Stop-And-Frisk' Deemed Unconstitutional

A federal judge in New York City ruled that the police department has been violating the civil rights of tens of thousands of minority New Yorkers with its practice of warrantless searches, better known as "stop-and-frisk." It's a rebuke for city officials have defended the tactic as an important crime-fighting tool. Judge Shira Scheindlin is appointing a federal monitor to oversee reforms at the department.
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Firefighting's First Female General Makes Order Out Of Chaos

Jeanne Pincha-Tulley is a Type 1 incident commander, the wildland firefighting equivalent of a one-star general. She manages the most destructive and most complex wildfires. Incident command teams, she says, are "used to taking complicated and making it work."
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NPR, Ombudsman Differ On S. Dakota Indian Foster Care Series

NPR's ombudsman has found serious failings in the network's 2011 investigative series on South Dakota's foster care system for Native American children. NPR has admitted some shortcomings but stands by the findings of the series.
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'Whitey' Bulger Found Guilty On 31 Of 32 Counts

A Boston jury has found James "Whitey" Bulger guilty of 11 murders, racketeering, extortion and other mob-related crimes. Bulger, who was the subject of a worldwide manhunt for more than a decade before being captured in 2011, likely faces life in prison. Audie Cornish speaks with WBUR's David Boeri.

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