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Tough Times For Girls In Juvenile Justice System

A new report says that while girls still lag far behind boys in the juvenile courts, the justice system is failing to take into account their physical and emotional needs. Most girls are locked up for crimes such as running away, school absences or even violating curfew — things that aren't even offenses for adults.
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Vet Walks On New Legs, With A Little Help From Mom

On a foot patrol in Kandahar, Nick Staback lost both of his legs after he stepped on a homemade bomb. Over the next year, his mother, Maria, became a tough coach as he learned to walk on two prosthetic legs, and together they adjusted to what she calls the "new normal" for their family.
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Meningitis From Tainted Drugs Puts Patients, Doctors In Quandary

Public health officials are trying to strike a balance between alerting, diagnosing and treating patients who might be at risk of fungal infections — and not overdiagnosing and overtreating those who aren't at risk. The caution is warranted. This type of infection can smolder for weeks before exploding into meningitis or causing massive strokes.
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Court Lays Bare Strip Club's Argument That Lap Dances Are Art

New York State's highest court says a tax exemption for "cultural and artistic performances" doesn't apply to strippers. But dissenting judges question whether it is constitutional to treat "highbrow dance and lowbrow dance" differently.
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Often, For-Profit Firms, Not FDA, Inspects Food

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, foodborne illnesses kill some 3,000 people in the U.S. each year. Often, the job of keeping America's food supply safe falls to for-profit companies with connections to the food producers they're supposed to inspect.
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Photo Of Dying WWII Veteran Casting Last Vote Inspires Thousands

Frank Tanabe, 93, is on his deathbed. But he wanted to vote one last time. The photo his grandson posted has gone viral. During World War II, Tanabe volunteered to serve in the military while being held in a California internment camp.
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There's A Reason They Call It A Battleground State

Ohio has been a key swing state in the last three presidential races. But there's a tone in the state this year that seems to go beyond any divisiveness that we've witnessed before. And it runs from the presidential contest to the Senate clash to a particularly bitter House race.
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Monster Beverage Under Fire As Reports Link Deaths To Its Energy Drinks

Newly released death reports and a lawsuit against Monster Energy raise more questions and public scrutiny on the risks of drinking the high levels of caffeine found in supersized energy drinks, especially in teens.

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