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No. 3 Justice Department Official To Depart For The Private Sector

Associate Attorney General Tony West served as the point man for the Obama administration's efforts to recover taxpayer money in settlements related to residential-mortgage-backed securities.
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Bucking Legal Trend, Federal Judge Upholds Louisiana's Ban On Gay Marriage

U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman ruled that sexual orientation has not been found to be a protected class and that the state has a legitimate interest in keeping marriage between a man and a woman.
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Organizers Of New York St. Paddy's Day Parade Lift Ban On Gay Groups

A gay group will be able to march under its own banner for the first time in the world's largest St. Patrick's Day Parade. The parade lost sponsors and supporters this year because of the ban.
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Detroit Man Sentenced To At Least 17 Years In Porch Shooting Case

Theodore Wafer was convicted of second-degree murder after he shot and killed an unarmed teenager on his front porch. The case drew national attention because of its racial overtones.
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The Pickle Wins Ugly RV Contest

A 30-year-old motorhome called The Pickle wasn't always ugly. When the dashboard broke, the owner replaced it with plywood. The outside of the RV is painted bright green. His creativity paid off.
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Video Glitch Makes Christian Kirksey 14" Tall

In real life, the Cleveland Browns linebacker is 6'2". A glitch in "Madden NFL 15" barely makes him bigger than a football.
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A Giant Appears At The Edge Of An African Roadway

If the task is to think backward, to an important moment in history, here's a stunning way to do it: It's a jewel of a monument alongside a road in South Africa.
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Minneapolis Police Make An Effort To Hire More Minority Officers

The Minneapolis Police Department is replenishing its ranks after losing several dozen veteran officers to retirement this year. The department is not as racially diverse as the city as a whole.
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Obama Urged To Use Executive Action To Overhaul Immigration

Advocates are pushing President Obama to bypass Congress. David Greene talks to Alan Gomez, an immigration reporter for USA Today, and Grace Meng, a senior researcher at Human Rights Watch.
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Netherlands King To Attend Ethanol Plant Opening In Iowa

On Wednesday, King Willem-Alexander visits Emmetsburg, Iowa, for the opening of a cellulosic ethanol plant. The Netherlands and Iowa have a lot in common — both are major agricultural centers.

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