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Fla. Task Force Examines Stand-Your-Ground Law

Florida officials, led by Democratic State Senator Chris Smith, plan to convene a task force to explore the "stand-your-ground" law in light of the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. Some tourists have said Martin's murder is making them think twice about visiting the state.
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Ohio Tears Through Blighted Housing Problem

There are tens of thousands of abandoned houses scattered across Ohio. The state, in an effort to improve neighborhoods and boost housing prices, plans to raze 20,000 of those homes with money from the national mortgage settlement.
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The Roots Of An Empire: Rupert Murdoch's Australia

News Corp., one of the world's major media powers, owns The Wall Street Journal and Fox News. In Britain, its powerful newspaper arm is at the heart of phone hacking and police bribery scandals. The driving force behind the company is its octogenarian chairman and CEO, Rupert Murdoch, whose story began in Australia.
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Boycotts Hitting Group Behind 'Stand Your Ground'

Two of America's best-known companies, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, have dropped their memberships in the American Legislative Exchange Council, a low-profile conservative organization behind the national proliferation of "stand your ground" gun laws.
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Longtime GOP Sen. Lugar Faces Stiff Tea Party Fight

Six-term Republican Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana is facing his first primary challenge since winning the job in the 1970s. The race is attracting big money from outside groups and superPACs, and is seen as a test of the strength of the Tea Party movement versus the power of incumbency.
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America's Magnet For Innovation, And Investments

It's become a Silicon Valley ritual: a passionate entrepreneur asks a venture capitalist for money, promising technological innovation — and maybe a big financial return. But the area's tradition started just five decades ago, when the only certainty about high-tech was that it would be big someday.
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Long Prison Terms For Former Police Officers In Katrina-Related Shootings

A federal judge imposes lengthy sentences on four former New Orleans police officers for their roles in shooting unarmed civilians in the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

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