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President Could, In Theory, Order Drone Strike Inside U.S., Holder Says

In a letter to Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., the attorney general noted that such a situation could be imagined only in an "extraordinary circumstance" such as the attack on Pearl Harbor or on Sept. 11, 2001. The letter was in response to inquiries from Paul regarding the legality of military strikes within the country.

Judge Intervenes In Heated Battle Over Alabama's Education Bill

A judge has blocked Alabama's governor from signing a school choice bill, after a lawsuit alleged that lawmakers bypassed state rules when they substantially revised the legislation in committee. A vote on the bill was marked by confusion, anger, and accusations of "sleaziness" and "hypocrisy."

At 106, Man Finally Gets An Elusive High School Diploma

Fred Butler has done many things in his 106 years, from serving in two military theaters of World War II to helping raise five children. But he had never gone to high school, or earned a diploma — the result of leaving school after the eighth grade to work full-time in a print shop to help support his family.

Sequestered Spring Means Fewer Rangers, Services At National Parks

Early March is when Yosemite National Park officials would normally be gearing up for the busy tourist season. Instead, they're figuring out how to cut $1.5 million from their budget because of the recent sequestration that forced across-the-board cuts. The National Park Service must now cut $134 million from sites around the country.

Who Grew Your Pint? How Craft Brews Boost Local Farmers

Malt is an essential component of beer, but most comes from a handful of industrial processors that pool grains from across the U.S. and Canada. Now, a small but growing number of craft malt houses are malting grains from small regional farmers, enabling microbreweries to offer truly local beers.

Infections With 'Nightmare Bacteria' Are On The Rise In U.S. Hospitals

Federal health officials warned that a dangerous group of superbugs has become increasingly common in hospitals throughout the United States over the past decade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the bacteria are resistant to virtually all antibiotics, including the ones doctors use as a last-ditch option.

Give Me Liberty, And Give Me Government-Subsidized Broccoli

People don't mind new laws telling them how to eat, as long as they feel like they're not being coerced. That's the finding of a new study from the Harvard School of Public Health, which took the unusual step of asking people what they thought about government efforts to encourage healthy eating.

Three Arrested In Booze Cruise Gone Bad Aboard Stolen Luxury Yacht

The suspects are accused of stealing the boat from a marina in Sausalito, Calif., and running it aground 20 miles south in Pacifica.