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Justices Limit State Liability Under Medical Leave Act

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that states cannot be sued for money damages for failing to give an employee time off under the Family and Medical Leave Act to recover from an illness. The vote was 5 to 4 with no legal theory commanding a clear majority.
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High Court Debates Life Without Parole For Juveniles

The justices listened to oral arguments Tuesday in two cases that ask whether it is cruel and unusual punishment to sentence juveniles convicted of murder to life in prison without parole.
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At The Community Garden, It's Community That's The Hard Part

In cities across the country, most community gardens are divided up into individual plots. It means if some of your neighbors start shirking their responsibilities, it's not really your problem. But there are also still a lot of people doing communal-style gardens.
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The Rodeo Circuit: Bucking Bulls And Broken Bones

It's rodeo season across the country. Fans will pack stands to watch bucking broncos, raging bulls and barrel racing. For the participants, it's a natural high. But it can be also dangerous. Cowboys and cowgirls often get injured, sometimes seriously.
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A History Of 'Stand Your Ground' Law In Florida

A recent case of a neighborhood watch volunteer shooting and killing an unarmed teenager in Florida has raised interest in that state's so-called "Stand Your Ground" law. Melissa Block speaks with David Ovalle of The Miami Herald about Florida's law and the other states that have adopted similar statutes.
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FBI To Investigate Neighborhood Watch Killing

In Florida, a grand jury will now look into the killing of an unarmed black teenager. And, after weeks of calls for more investigation of the case, the U.S. Justice Department is also involved. Trayvon Martin was shot to death by a neighborhood watch captain late last month. The shooter, who is Latino, says he acted in self defense. But an attorney for Martin's family provided a different account on Tuesday, saying the teenager thought he was being stalked.
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Robert De Niro's Racial First-Lady Joke Was An Obama No-No

While DeNiro was clearly being mock ironic by recalling the kind of comments that many whites made about blacks within living memory, he ran afoul of the unwritten rule Obama and his tight knit team of advisers have operated under going back to his 2008 campaign. Anything that reinforces racial divisions or focuses attention on the president's race should be avoided.
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Is Anesthesia A Luxury During Colonoscopy?

Anesthesia is being used more often for colonoscopies, even if people really don't need it. People in the Northeast are far more likely to be put to sleep, compared to the West Coast, where insurers are less likely to pay.

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