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Airlines, Fliers Seek To Fit More In Overhead

Airline passengers don't like baggage fees. To avoid them, they often haul as much carry-on luggage onto the plane as they can manage. Airlines aren't backing down on the fees, but they are expanding their overhead bins to acknowledge the new reality.
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A Job At What Cost? When Employers Log In To Dig In

Robert Collins says he felt "violated" when the Maryland Department of Corrections asked to log in to his Facebook account during a job interview. He's now pushing back, working with lawmakers to bar employers from asking such a privacy-invading question.
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Supreme Court: Property Owners Can Challenge EPA

The court ruled unanimously in favor of an Idaho couple who were prevented from building their dream home after the Environmental Protection Agency barred them from building on their land. The agency claimed the property was protected wetlands under the federal Clean Water Act.
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Lots Of GOP Money Flowing From The Texas Two

The latest Federal Election Commission reports shed new light on the political largesse of two Texas businessmen. One has contributed to three active GOP presidential candidates, including a new $1 million check to Rick Santorum's superPAC. The other just gave $3 million more to Mitt Romney's superPAC.
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Are High Gas Prices Part Of A Plot To Cut Consumption? Republicans Say So

Republicans are attacking President Obama and his team for allegedly saying they wanted energy prices to go up. The president scoffs at the charge. But some environmentalists say higher energy prices would be a good thing because they would spur the development of alternative technologies.
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High Court Expands Defendants' Plea Bargain Rights

For the first time, the Supreme Court has ruled that defendants have a right to effective legal assistance in plea bargains. In a 5-4 decision, the court declared that when a lawyer acts unethically or gives clearly wrong advice, the defendant may be entitled to a second chance at accepting a plea offer.
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Was Trayvon Martin's Killing A Federal Hate Crime?

The Justice Department has few options in the investigation of the death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin. But former prosecutors say one law passed early in the Obama administration might apply: the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.
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Harbor Pilots Reap High Rewards For Dangerous Job

Before sunrise, cargo ships and oil tankers from around the world start lining up for entry into the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the busiest container handling complex in the nation. The giant ships cannot enter the port without the assistance of a harbor pilot, who boards the towering vessels in open seas. The average salary of harbor pilots nationwide is more than $400,000. But the highly-skilled pilots maintain they earn every dollar on a job that is often treacherous and unpredictable.

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