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The Law — And Reality — Of Gun Access

Federal law bars certain people with mental illness from buying or owning guns, but the recent shootings — including one in Colorado — and an incident in Maine underscore how difficult it is to actually keep guns from those who are most likely to be dangerous.
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Young Illegal Immigrants Seek To Avoid Deportation

Young people brought to the U.S. illegally may begin applying for a deportation deferral and a two-year work permit beginning Wednesday. The Obama administration put elements of the DREAM Act into effect even though it hasn't been passed by Congress.
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Taliban Showing New Willingness On Prisoner Swap

At issue is the fate of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the only known U.S. prisoner of war held captive in Afghanistan. The Taliban may be keen to trade him for some of its leaders held at Guantanamo Bay.
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Will Florida Seniors Accept Ryan's Medicare Vision?

By adding Paul Ryan to the GOP ticket, Mitt Romney may risk turning off an important voting bloc: senior citizens. But while some Florida seniors are set against any big changes to Medicare, others are embracing Ryan's plan for reshaping the program.
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Medalist Claressa Shields Gets A Hero's Welcome

Hundreds gathered in Flint, Mich., Tuesday, to celebrate the return of Olympian Claressa Shields. Just 17, Shields won America's lone gold medal in boxing at the Summer Games. And her triumph was welcome news in Flint, a struggling town that gave her a motorcycle escort home.
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Could The New Air Traffic Control System Be Hacked?

The Federal Aviation Administration expects the skies to be even safer when it introduces a new air traffic control system upgrade at the end of the decade. But some researchers figured out how to create fake airplane signals, basically spoofing the new system. The FAA says it could quickly spot such "ghost planes."
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Scorching Phoenix Plans For An Even Hotter Future

The Arizona city already logs more days over 100 degrees than any U.S. city, and climate researchers predict Phoenix will grow hotter still in the coming decades. Planners are taking the projections seriously, and are looking for ways to adapt the city and its residents to a hotter, drier reality.
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Ryan's Mission For Fed: Focus On Prices, Not Unemployment

Mitt Romney's new running mate has authored some provocative policy proposals to cut budget deficits and overhaul Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. But Rep. Paul Ryan has also been an advocate for a different course for the Federal Reserve.

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