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How Congressional Cemetery Got Its Name

Back at the turn of the 19th century, Uriah Tracey was something of a trendsetter. The Connecticut senator was one of the first to fight in the Revolutionary War — and then one of the first to try to secede. And when he died in 1807, he became one of Congressional Cemetery's first occupants.
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A Mother Tries To Atone For A Deadly Hate Crime

At 40, Julie Sanders is a mother of three from Portland, Ore. But when she was 16, Sanders belonged to a white supremacist group — and one night in 1988, she found herself at the scene of a murder. Since then, she's kept the event a secret from most of her friends and family.
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Would Judge Give Psychopath With Genetic Defect Lighter Sentence?

A new study suggests using the term psychopath adds an average of five years to criminal sentences. But once a biological explanation was included, the length of the sentence dropped. In other words, our sympathy for the idea that biology might be responsible for criminal behavior is powerful.
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Student Loans Can Dent Retirees' Social Security

Families often pull together to help finance a college education, with parents and grandparents chipping in or co-signing loans. But when a federal student loan isn't paid back, the government withholds money from Social Security recipients.
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Stories Of People Pitching In To Help Communities

We've been collecting stories this month about the good things Americans are doing to improve their communities. The project is called Participation Nation, and there is still time for people to get involved.
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When The Lawyer Becomes The Object Of Prosecution

An accused drug dealer has turned the tables and helped prosecutors convict his defense lawyer of manufacturing evidence to help his case. The hard-nosed strategy is raising questions about whether the Justice Department is chilling the relationship between a defendant and his lawyer.

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