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Common Core Could Be Disrupted As States Drop Out Of PARCC

In addition to Georgia, a handful of other states — Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, North Dakota, and Alabama — have dropped out of or scaled back their participation in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness in College and Career (PARCC) consortium. Florida's education commissioner is mulling a similar decision. We discuss what it could mean for the success of the standards.
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Holder: DOJ Wants To Oversee Texas' Voting Laws Again

Attorney General Eric Holder has announced an aggressive new strategy in response to a Supreme Court ruling last month overturning a key part of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act. The Justice Department is starting in Texas, where it is asking a court to force the state to get federal approval before making any election changes - using a different part of the law.
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DOJ Accuses Hedge Fund SAC Capital Of Major Insider Trading

Federal prosecutors finally brought their case against SAC Capital, the giant hedge fund that for years has outperformed almost all of its competitors. Prosecutors say they know why. The firm encouraged the use of illegal insider information and trading on that information became a part of the firm's culture, according to the indictment.
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Undocumented Immigrants With Criminal Records Face Uncertain Future

The debate over comprehensive immigration reform has many sticking points, one of which is how to handle undocumented immigrants with criminal histories. While some immigration advocates think the language put forth in the Senate bill is overly punitive to people who have committed minor crimes, others argue that the legislation provides safe haven to criminals who could be dangerous to our country. Robert Siegel meets several undocumented immigrants who have criminal records that have already led to immigration consequences.
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Rep. Cole: Savings Need To Continue, But Compromise Is Possible

Robert Siegel speaks with Congressman Tom Cole (R-Okla.) about Republican fiscal priorities as the nation once more approaches its debt limit and deep program cuts from sequestration continue to generate headlines. President Obama is touring the Midwest this week pushing his own economic agenda, and calling for cooperation from the GOP.
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Russian Hackers Stole More Than 160 Million Credit Cards

Five men living in Russia and the Ukraine targeted more than a dozen companies in a data breach that prosecutors describe as one of the largest ever uncovered. The scheme, in which the men allegedly stole credit card numbers and customers' log-in credentials and then sold them on the black market, resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in losses, according to the indictment.
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What's The 'Best Daym Takeout' In America?

Food critic and YouTube sensation Daymon 'Daym' Patterson travels the country to find the best takeout spots. He eats in the front seat of his car - when the food is hottest and freshest. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks with him about his new Travel channel show Best Daym Takeout.
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Key Witness Against Emmett Till's Killers Led A Quiet Life

In 1955, it was virtually unheard of for a black man to testify against a white person. Willie Reed, who changed his last name to Louis after fleeing to Chicago, died last week at 76.
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Federal Case Pits Wounded Warrior Against FBI

Army Ranger Justin Slaby's left hand was blown off by a faulty grenade in a training accident. After getting a prosthesis, he was encouraged by one of his doctors to try for a career in the FBI. What happened next landed Slaby and the FBI in court and tarnished the career of a high-ranking agent.
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In Closing Arguments, Prosecutors Portray Manning As Reckless

At issue is whether Pfc. Bradley Manning knowingly provided intelligence to enemies of the U.S. The aiding-the-enemy charge is punishable by life in prison.

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