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California Online Sales Tax Faces Enforcement Hurdle

Starting Saturday, California shoppers will begin paying sales tax on more online purchases. It's the eighth state to pass a so-called "Amazon tax," named after the mega e-tailer. But most of the sales tax owed will remain uncollected.
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Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' Law Likely To Remain

Residents have been sounding off about the measure to a task force since May, and more hearings will be held before recommendations are made to Florida's Legislature. A task force may suggest a few tweaks to the law, which, despite all the attention, remains popular.
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Romney Makes Appeal To Women Voters In Virginia

Mitt Romney campaigned Thursday morning in Northern Virginia, one day after he came under intense criticism for his comments — and a campaign statement — on the siege of the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
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Fed Unveils New Programs To Stimulate Economy

The Federal Reserve expanded its list of stimulus programs Thursday with a new one aimed squarely at the housing market. The Fed will begin buying $40 billion worth of mortgage-backed securities every month, and will continue doing so until it sees the labor market improve.
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TV Networks Reach For Different Territory This Fall

Audie Cornish talks to Eric Deggans of the Tampa Bay Times about the fall offerings on television. They cover Last Resort, Nashville, and The Mindy Kaling Project.
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Teacher Evaluation Dispute Echoes Beyond Chicago

One of the sticking points in the Chicago teachers' strike is how teachers should be evaluated — and the role student performance should play. Districts are grappling with the issue nationwide, but there's little agreement on how to implement such a system well.
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Two Decisions May Make Voting Easier In Florida

Two decisions this week will affect voting in the important swing state of Florida this November. One involves early voting hours, the other involves an effort by the state to purge its voter registration list of non-citizens.
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Actors In Anti-Islam Film Say They Were Misled

Melissa Block talks with Carrie Kahn about the various men associated with the film linked to violence in North Africa. Some are well-known in the U.S. for anti-Islam views and others say they are Coptic Christians.
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'Occupiers' Reflect On Movement One Year Later

Last fall, when "Occupy" protests were cropping up around the country and world — emulating what started on Wall Street — Melissa Block talked with two of those thousands of protesters. Jason Potteiger in Boston and Sam Abrahamson in Chicago shared their reasons for taking to the street. She checks in with them again about where their movement is now and what they feel it's accomplished.

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