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High Court Considers Legality Of 'Fair Share' Union Fees

The justices heard arguments Tuesday in a case that could decimate public employee unions. At issue is whether nonunion workers can be forced to pay fees that help cover the cost of negotiating a union contract from which they benefit.
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Table's Laid And Guests Are Ready: Syria Peace Talks Set To Begin

A peace conference on Syria is due to begin Wednesday in Montreux, Switzerland. The start of the conference comes after more than three years of violent conflict and 24 hours of uncertainty over Iran's surprise invitation. But the invitation has been withdrawn, and the diplomats are set to assume their places at the negotiating table.
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The President In Profile: 'The Magic Can't Last Forever'

After hours of interviews with President Obama, David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, has written a feature article in the upcoming issue. He tells Robert Siegel about what he learned from the president and wrote about in his piece, "Going the Distance."
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One Killed, Suspect In Custody In Purdue University Shooting

The shooting suspect and his alleged victim were reportedly teaching assistants in electrical and computer engineering, under the same professor. The shooting sparked a partial evacuation order Tuesday afternoon.
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Ex-Virginia Gov. McDonnell, Wife Charged With Corruption

At issue are gifts Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, received from a political donor. The 14-count indictment includes conspiracy, wire fraud and other charges.
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Cheese To The Rescue: Surprising Spray Melts Road Ice

Citing definite gains in cost and efficiency, a Wisconsin county used 38,000 gallons of liquid cheese brine on its icy roads last winter. The homegrown product is a "win-win" for a nearby dairy and the county, a transportation official says.

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Obama's Marijuana Remarks Light Up Legalization Debate

Even those who support decriminalizing marijuana were careful not to claim that Obama's remarks had altered the overall political dynamics of the debate.
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'Hispanic' Or 'Latino'? Polls Say It Doesn't Matter — Usually

As more and more politicians and businesses court the Hispanic/Latino demographic, there's more and more confusion about how to refer to the people who fit into it.
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Preventive Medical Care Can Come With Unexpected Costs

Screening tests like mammograms and colonoscopies are supposed to be covered under the Affordable Care Act. But some people are finding that they still end up having to pay for anesthesia and other associated services. And not all insurers are covering all forms of birth control.
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Sen. Vitter Will Run For Governor In Louisiana

The Republican senator confirmed the news Tuesday. He survived a 2007 prostitution scandal to easily win re-election to the Senate three years later. If he fails in his bid to become governor, he could still keep his Senate seat and decide later whether to seek re-election to that post in 2016.

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