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Billions Of Dollars At Stake In BP Oil Spill Trial

The first phase of the trial for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon accident and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is scheduled to begin on Feb. 27. Billions of dollars are at stake for BP, the other companies involved, and the states, companies and individuals harmed by the disaster. Negotiations between all parties are continuing and some observers believe the case could be settled before opening arguments even begin.
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Congress Agrees On Payroll Tax Extension

Congressional negotiators have finally finished the details on a deal to extend the payroll tax holiday through the end of the year. A final vote may take place Friday or Saturday.
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N.J. Assembly Votes To Legalize Gay Marriage

The New Jersey State Assembly followed the lead of the state Senate and voted to legalize same-sex marriage in the state on Thursday. Governor Chris Christie has vowed to veto the measure and put it up for referendum in November.
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Santorum: Detroit Could Be Saved With Tax Cuts

Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum traveled to Michigan on Thursday, where he delivered a speech to the Detroit Economic Club. Polls show Santorum leading Michigan-born Mitt Romney in the state.
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Primary Race Close In Romney's Birthplace Of Mich.

Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney calls Michigan home, but he's playing catch-up with voters in the state. On Thursday, Romney spoke at a meeting of several local chambers of commerce.
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Halt In 'Colbert Report' Production Reportedly Due To Family Emergency

An abrupt suspension in The Colbert Report's production schedule led to many rumors online Thursday, after Comedy Central said it would air reruns for three days this week. The delay is due to a family emergency, The Wall Street Journal reports
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Doctors Dreading Looming Cut To Medicare Payments

Congress appears ready to once again defer a scheduled cut in pay for doctors who treat Medicare patients. This time the cut would otherwise be just shy of 30 percent. But at the end of the year, doctors will once again be at the mercy of lawmakers and some say they're growing weary of the annual uncertainty.
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In Arizona, Romney Can't Take Mormons For Granted

There's a noticeable streak of Mormon libertarianism in the West, and the Ron Paul campaign has actively courted that vote. While Republican Mitt Romney retains strong support among many of his faith, others see their religion more in line with a much smaller-government approach to politics.

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