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College Basketball Teams Hope For More Money By Leaving Big East Conference

For years, the Big East conference has been an elite force in men's college basketball. That ends this weekend. Realignment has dramatically transformed the Big East, as major powerhouse teams are moving on to other conferences.
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Rob Portman Becomes Only Republican In The Senate To Support Gay Marriage

Activists attending the CPAC convention were among those responding to Rob Portman on Friday after the Ohioan became the first Republican in the Senate to support gay marriage.
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Analyst: Portman's Gay Marriage Shift May Be 'Tip Of The Spear' In GOP

Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman's endorsement of same-sex marriage, coming less than two weeks before the U.S. Supreme Court hears a pair of challenges to same-sex marriage bans, is being characterized by gay rights activists and others as historic.
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The Bush Family Checklist

Jeb Bush is popular in conservative circles and is the third member of the Bush family to be seen as a presidential contender. (The last two were elected.) So is there some sort of How to Be President checklist somewhere in the Bush house? If so, it might look something like this.
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NHL Realignment: New Divisions Drawn To Ease Time Zone Conflicts

The NHL will shuffle its teams before next season, moving from three divisions in both the Eastern and Western Conferences to a total of four divisions. The league's owners approved the plan Thursday; the players' association gave its OK last week.
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Do You Really Know Who's Behind Bars?

There's been a dramatic shift in the racial makeup of America's prison inmates, especially female inmates. To find out why, host Michel Martin talks with Sentencing Project Executive Director Marc Mauer, and author Patrice Gaines, who has worked with women in prison for more than 20 years. They say changes in drug crime enforcement, sentencing laws, and the economic downturn all played a role.
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CPAC Goes To Washington: Can They Rally And Rebuild?

Conservative leaders and activists are gathering in Washington this week for CPAC — the Conservative Political Action Conference. There's been a lot of focus on who was invited to speak — like Mitt Romney and Donald Trump — and who wasn't, like Chris Christie. Plus, President Obama is heading to the Middle East for the first time as president next week. Host Michel Martin talks politics with Mary Kate Cary of U.S. News and World Report, and former Obama administration advisor Corey Ealons.
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CDC Confirms 'Extremely Rare' Death From Rabies Transmitted By Transplant

A Maryland man who recently died had received a kidney transplant. Now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it has determined that the donor had rabies and that the disease was transmitted to the Maryland man. Three other organ recipients are now receiving anti-rabies shots.
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106-Year-Old Woman Finally Gets Her High School Diploma

Reba Williams of Columbus, Ohio, finished her last class back in 1925. But the 106-year-old didn't receive her high school diploma until Wednesday. Her daughter told the Mansfield News-Journal that young Reba, who was a good student for all 12 years, was headstrong. She refused to read a book assigned by her teacher that she'd already read and didn't like.

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