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Small Fishing Boats Smuggle People To California

More illegal immigrants are crossing the U.S. and Mexico border by sea. As law enforcement cracks down on the risky sea journeys, immigrant smugglers are taking their contraband loads even farther up the coast of California, sometimes hundreds of miles from the border.
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Panetta Addresses Iraq Troop Withdrawal On The Hill

Top Pentagon leaders went to Capitol Hill Tuesday and took tough questions from lawmakers on the future of the U.S. relationship with Iraq. Specifically, they addressed how the decision to withdraw all U.S. combat troops by the end of this year will impact Iraq's stability — and U.S. national security interests in the region. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta told a congressional committee that, while U.S. military commanders wanted to keep a contingency force on the ground, it was Iraq's decision to make.
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As Iraq Hostilities End, Fate Of Combatant Unclear

Ali Mussa Daqduq, a senior explosives expert from Hezbollah, has been held as an enemy combatant since he was captured by American troops five years ago. But once U.S. troops withdraw from Iraq, authorities face a choice about the future of enemy combatants: prosecute them, release them or send them home.
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Gangs Enter New Territory With Sex Trafficking

Though most are known to deal with drugs and weapons, a new FBI threat assessment says street gangs have been moving into some different territory lately: human trafficking. The FBI says gang members increasingly are pushing women and children into prostitution.
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Obama Marks Veterans Day At Arlington Cemetery

President Obama marked Veterans Day Friday at Arlington National Cemetery. Robert Siegel and Guy Raz have more.
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Changed By War, Family Relieved By Troop Removals

President Obama's recent decision to pull U.S. troops out of Iraq has many military families breathing a huge sigh of relief. That's true for Tom and Mary Ward, whose son Sean has spent two Army tours in Afghanistan and two in Iraq. They're thrilled he won't ever be sent back to Iraq, where he was hit by sniper fire in 2005. The Wards are very patriotic, and they're proud of their son's sacrifice. But they say the repeated deployments have taken a big emotional toll on their close-knit family.

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