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Cherry Blossoms: See Them In D.C., Or On A Stamp

Washington, D.C.'s famed blossoms opened earlier than usual, thanks to unusually warm weather — so early, in fact, they'll be gone before the annual Cherry Blossom Festival wraps up. But a new 45-cent postage stamp captures the moment indelibly, commemorating the 100 years since Japan gifted 3,000 trees as a sign of friendship.
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GOP Hopefuls Court Louisianans Ahead Of Primary

Louisiana holds its Republican primary Saturday. All four of the remaining candidates are campaigning in the state.
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Fannie, Freddie Consider Mortgage Write-Downs

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have concluded that giving homeowners a big break on their mortgages would make good financial sense in many cases, NPR and ProPublica have learned. But a key regulator has resisted principal write-downs, and some economists fear they would lead to abuses.
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'Woodstock For Atheists': A Moment For Nonbelievers

Thousands of people are expected to descend on the Mall in Washington, D.C., on Saturday to celebrate not believing in God. Organizers say it is a chance for atheists to show their power in numbers and change their image.
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How A City Goes Broke

Harrisburg, Pa, spent more than $300 million on a garbage incinerator. Now it has more debt per capita than any other U.S. city.
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How The Health Law Could Survive Without A Mandate

Among the questions the Supreme Court is considering about the 2010 health care law is whether requiring most Americans to have health insurance is constitutional. Some health policy analysts say the rest of the law could survive without what most consider its key provision.

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