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This Is Nuts! Heist Nabs $400,000 Worth Of Walnuts

It's the latest in a wave of "nut jobs" in California's Central Valley that local reporter Rich Paloma believes are linked to organized crime.
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San Franciscans Nix Waterfront Development Plans

Voters in San Francisco have rejected a referendum that would have allowed a major new condominium development on the city's waterfront.
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Breaking Up Is Hard To Do: A History Of State Secession

On Tuesday, some Colorado counties voted to secede from the state. Their secession effort was largely symbolic — and it has been done elsewhere in the U.S. with great regularity.
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The Nut Job: Central California Sees Rise In Walnut Heists

Audie Cornish talks to reporter Rich Paloma of The Oakdale Leader about a brazen crime wave in California farm country. It's the latest in a series of walnut thefts and the largest yet. Thieves made off with more than 140,000 pounds of walnuts from Gold River Orchard. That works out to about $400,000 worth of walnuts were stolen from the Escalon farm, and the San Joaquin Farm Bureau Federation says crimes like these are on the upswing. It's one of the largest nut thefts in recent memory.
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New Jersey Votes To Increase Minimum Wage

New Jersey voted Tuesday to re-elect Gov. Chris Christie. Also on the ballot in the state was a proposal to increase the minimum wage to $8.25 an hour. Gov. Christie opposed the increase, but voters approved it by a wide margin.
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Supreme Court Examines Anew Prayer At Government Functions

The U.S. Supreme Court delved into a subject Wednesday that has bedeviled it for decades: how to reconcile a tradition of public prayers with the Constitution's ban on establishment of religion. At issue were almost exclusively Christian prayers that took place at town board meetings in Greece, N.Y.
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Despite Barriers, Farm Worker Breaks Silence About Rape Case

Female farm workers are starting to speak up about the hidden price some pay to keep their jobs in the fields: enduring sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape. It can be emotionally difficult for any rape victim to press criminal charges, but for female farm workers, there are other obstacles.
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Another Election?! Relax, This One's To Name A Baby Panda

The Smithsonian's National Zoo has proposed five possible names for the female cub born this summer. Voting is already underway.
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Wife Beats Husband In Local Maine Election

Democrat Jennifer Johnson defeated husband David Johnson for the position of warden. No hard feelings, but the two are said to "quibble over fiscal issues."
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Forget Barley And Hops: Craft Brewers Want A Taste Of Place

Craft brewers around the country are making beers with foraged seeds, roots, fruits and fungi from their backyards and backwoods. It's a challenge to the placelessness of mainstream brewers, who mostly use the same ingredients grown in the same places — barley from the Great Plains and hops from the Pacific Northwest.

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