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Violence-Riddled Chicago Hopes Gun Proposals Will Help Shield It

There were more than 500 homicides in the city last year. Officials and residents are counting on President Obama's gun control package to bring that number down. "We didn't want other parents to be like us," says one Chicago mom, whose son was shot to death on a city bus.
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Manti Te'o Girlfriend Story Was A Hoax; Linebacker Says He Was Taken In

Manti Te'o, who nearly won the Heisman Trophy, is at the center of what Deadspin calls a "hoax," in which the story of lost love was created to bolster his personal myth. The site is questioning the existence of a girl Te'o has said inspired him to new heights. He has not yet responded to the story; we'll update this post with any new information as it emerges.
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'Carefully Choreographed Dance': Armstrong's Complicated Media Past

At his peak, Lance Armstrong alternately charmed, manipulated and strong-armed the media. He transcended the world of cycling, and much of the coverage from nonsports media was adulatory. The now-disgraced cycling champion is turning to a televised interview with Oprah Winfrey for redemption.
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The Decades-Old Gun Ban That's Still On The Books

In 1986, Congress passed a ban on buying and selling machine guns made from then on — with the blessing of none other than the National Rifle Association. Gun law experts say the law was more significant than it seemed at the time.
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Could Some Midwest Land Support New Biofuel Refineries?

Land that isn't in good enough condition to grow crops could be used to produce substantial amounts of liquid biofuels, a new study claims. But there are many concerns about the study, and about the future of advanced biofuels in the U.S. and abroad.
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Some States Put Brakes On Driver's Licenses For Illegal Immigrants

Many young illegal immigrants can now drive without the fear of being pulled over. Under President Obama's deferred action program, many have begun receiving their driver's licenses. But not every state is on board with allowing these young people behind the wheel.
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Gun Manufacturers Say Assault Weapons Aren't A High Pay-Off Target

Robert Siegel talks to retired Army Maj. Gen. Dean Allen Youngman, executive director of the Defense Small Arms Advisory Council. He was in the meeting with Vice President Joe Biden and the National Rifle Association as the administration considered initiatives to reduce gun violence.

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