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California Proposal Could Fund Water Projects

California lawmakers came to an agreement on a $7.5 billion bond package to address the state's drought. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the proposal, and now the public will vote on the measure in November.
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In Virginia, Gay Marriages May Begin Next Week

A federal appeals court is clearing the way for same-sex marriage in Virginia. Wednesday's ruling is the latest in a string of federal court victories for gay-rights activists.
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Young Singer Attracted To Barbershop's Vocal Harmony

By day, Kevin McClelland 26, works in Illinois for the Peoria Chiefs — a Class A minor league baseball team. But his passion is old-time a cappella music known as barbershop.
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Young Migrants May Request Asylum, But It's Hard To Get

Amid the emotional debate over the surge in unaccompanied minors from Central America, some migrants will be given refugee status while others can try for asylum.
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Who Gets First Dibs On Transplanted Liver? Rules May Change

Location, location, location too often trumps medical need, some doctors say. But another solution to making the distribution of scarce organs fairer worries some transplant surgeons and patients.
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In Tense Ferguson, Mo., 2 Reporters Caught In Arrests

When SWAT officers swept through a McDonald's restaurant, they arrested not just locals, but journalists working for The Washington Post and The Huffington Post, The Associated Press reports.
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Death By Salt? New Study Finds Too Much Sodium Is A Global Killer

It's not just Americans who are oversalted. A new study reports that sodium takes a global toll, attributing 1.65 million deaths from cardiovascular disease to sodium consumption.
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Shifting Climate Has North Dakota Farmers Swapping Wheat For Corn

Projections suggest that climate change will hurt agriculture in most parts of the world. But some areas of the U.S. could actually see a benefit as corn production moves farther north.
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City-Run Gas Station Makes Waves In Southeastern Kentucky

A gas station in Somerset, Ky., was opened recently by city officials as a way to try to lower gas prices. Critics call it a socialist move and say government competition isn't fair to local firms.
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Years After Tragedy, Tesoro Ducks Penalties For Refinery Deaths

Workers at U.S. oil refineries die on the job about three times as often as their counterparts in Europe. When accidents do kill American workers, the companies they work for rarely pay a heavy price.

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