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'Don't Give Up On Us': Puerto Ricans Wrestle With High Crime

Puerto Rico's per capita murder rate is six times that of the U.S. as a whole. And with violence escalating, many residents are fleeing to the mainland. Still others hope to turn their home around.
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Silica Rule Changes Delayed While Workers Face Health Risks

Regulations to restrict the amount of silica dust that workers can inhale was set decades ago, and workplace safety experts say that limit needs to be cut in half. A proposal for new rules was sent to the White House Office of Management and Budget for a 90-day review, but almost two years later, it's still under review.
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Obama's Pick For CIA Chief To Face Senate Scrutiny

As Obama's chief counterterrorism adviser, John Brennan has been associated with some controversial policies, including the use of armed drones. It's unlikely his appointment as CIA director is in trouble, but he's likely to face questions on drones as well as the agency's interrogation policies.
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Justice Department To Share Secret Drone Memo With Congress

The decision to grant lawmakers access to the classified information comes a day before the president's pick to head the CIA has his confirmation hearing. The classified information details the rationale for targeted strikes against U.S. citizens believed to have links to al-Qaida.
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Air Base In Saudi Arabia Is Latest Drone Secret To Be Revealed

The Obama administration wanted to keep the existence of the base secret. It has been used to target al-Qaida members in Yemen.
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Defying Expectations, GOP Governors Embrace Medicaid Expansion

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said he would seek to expand the state's Medicaid program under the terms of the Affordable Care Act a day after Ohio Gov. John Kasich effectively said the same thing when he unveiled his proposed budget.
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South Dakota Tribes Accuse State Of Violating Indian Welfare Act

Eight tribes have delivered a report to Congress saying the state of South Dakota is willfully ignoring a federal law meant to protect Native American children. Several lawmakers are demanding action and the Bureau of Indian Affairs agreed on Wednesday to convene a summit meeting of key players, and says they will urge state officials to respond.
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From Oil Fields To REI, Interior Nominee Has Outdoorsy Cred

Usually, the job of heading the Interior Department goes to a Western politician versed in the struggles over natural resources. So the president's nomination of Sally Jewell, a relatively obscure CEO, has left some of the key players unsure of how to react.

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