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Despite Bipartisan Beginnings, Immigration Overhaul Could Splinter GOP

If President Obama wanted to pick the perfect wedge issue to split the Republican Party, he could hardly have improved on a comprehensive overhaul of the nation's immigration laws. Not that he has an ulterior motive in advocating for action on Capitol Hill. But it works out the same way.
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New Gold Rush Has Little Luster For Some In The Golden State

More than 150 years ago, prospectors moved to California hoping to strike it rich. Now, companies are reopening hard rock mines that have been shut down for decades, but past experiences with environmental damage have made some communities leery of gold diggers.
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The Silver Lining In Drought: 5 Upsides To Rain-Free Weather

Drought is mostly seen as a bad thing — and for good reason. But the upsides include fewer mosquitoes, less polluted runoff and greater awareness of climate change.
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Unbridled Kentuckians Decide It's Time For A Kick-Ass New Slogan

A couple of advertising professionals want to spruce up their home state's image by ditching the slogan Unbridled Spirit for a new one: Kentucky Kicks Ass. The new slogan has garnered fans as far away as Japan and England, but will state officials sign off on it?
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Lockdowns The Norm For Schools With Frequent Threats

Even before the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., schools have long tried to figure out how to prepare and respond in the event of a shooter on campus. Youth Radio reporter Robin Gee reports from the Bay Area on what lockdowns mean, and what they feel like to kids.
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Bipartisan Immigration Reform Plan 'A Major Breakthrough'

A bipartisan group of eight senators unveiled a plan to overhaul the nation's immigration laws on Monday.
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Pentagon To Dramatically Expand 'Cyber Warrior' Force

The Pentagon has approved plans for a five-fold increase in its cyberwar fighting force. The U.S. Cyber Command would see its ranks jump from 900 to 4,900, including both uniformed and civilian personnel. Defense officials say the boost in the cybersecurity force is necessary because of the nation's growing vulnerability to cyber attacks and also the need to prepare for more offensive cyber combat operations. But there is already a shortage of cyber specialists, and the new recruitment effort would increase the competition for skilled personnel within the government and the private sector. Audie Cornish talks to Tom Gjelten.

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