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No Jail For Teen With 'Affluenza' Who Killed 4 In Crash

The 16-year-old was legally drunk last June when he lost control of the truck he was driving. The crash left four people dead and two others severely wounded. His attorneys argued that a coddled upbringing contributed to the boy's problems.
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Senate Retreats Offer Chance To Bond, Plot Strategy

It was annual Senate retreat day in Washington Wednesday, a time when senators get away from the U.S. Capitol and all its daily distractions. But not too far away.
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Pussy Riot: Prison Ordeal Will Help Us Fix Russia's System

Nadezhda "Nadya" Tolokonnikova and Maria "Masha" Alyokhina, in the U.S. for the first time, continue to be outspoken against human rights abuses in Russia. The two members of the punk protest band served nearly two years in a penal colony, time they say helped fuel their message of change.
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Hagel Concerned By Ethical Lapses In Armed Forces

Scandals seem to be popping up almost weekly in the military: Air Force missile officers cheating on exams. Army officers getting kickbacks. Navy instructors sharing test results. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered some reviews of the nuclear force, and asked for an update on ethics teaching at military schools.
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CVS Caremark Drops Tobacco, Wants To Be Your Health Provider

Smokers are shrugging off the announcement that CVS will stop selling tobacco products. The company announced the move on Wednesday as part of a strategy to promote healthy choices. But more than half of cigarettes are sold at gas stations, so the company's decision is unlikely to have much of an impact on access to tobacco.
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David Beckham Wants Miami To Embrace Soccer

Soccer star David Beckham is bringing a Major League Soccer team to Miami. He made the announcement on Wednesday in downtown Miami, not far from a site he and his partners are looking at for a stadium. Miami, however, is a city where Major League Soccer has tried — and failed-- before.
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Democrats Worry About Losing Senate Majority

On Wednesday, President Obama spoke to Senate Democrats at their annual retreat. Since the debacle of HealthCare.gov last fall, Democrats have been running scared headed into the 2014 elections. With 21 Democrats facing the voters — compared to 15 Republicans — the party's majority standing is at risk.
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Ga. Voters Surprised Macon Election Change Isn't Challenged

It's been almost eight months since the Supreme Court effectively stuck down Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. That section required places with a history of discrimination to get their local voting laws cleared by the federal government. When the Supreme Court ruled, it said people could file lawsuits if they felt disenfranchised. But it hasn't quite worked out that way.
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Regulators Examine Allegations Of Currency Manipulation

Wall Street's currency markets are under scrutiny. New York's top financial regulator is looking at whether traders at some of the street's biggest firms shared information with each other in a bid to manipulate exchange rates.
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Reining In Health Care Costs Key To Trimming Deficit

The Congressional Budget Office said this year's deficit is likely to be about a third the size it was in 2009, when the Great Recession bottomed out. A better economy is the main reason for the improving deficit, but moderating health care costs help.

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