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Some Ala. farmers cut back crops, citing crackdown

Posted: 05/13/2012 - Some Alabama farmers say they are planting less produce rather than risk having crops rot in the fields a second straight year because of labor shortages linked to the state's crackdown on illegal immigration.

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Michelle Obama urges NC A&T grads to seek change

Posted: 05/13/2012 - First Lady Michelle Obama says the example of the four North Carolina A&T State University students who started the sit-in movement for desegregation more than 50 years ago shows what young people can do to change the world.

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4 killed, 1 injured in Kansas plane crash

Posted: 05/12/2012 - An Oklahoma newspaper is reporting three recent graduates of Oral Roberts University and a former business instructor were killed when a small airplane crashed in Kansas.

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Consumer use tax spike likely related to Amazon

Posted: 05/12/2012 - State consumer use tax collections were up 108 percent this April over last, an increase that appears to be related to a law that Amazon.com notify Tennessee customers that they owe sales taxes.

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Romney to urge grads to honor family commitments

Posted: 05/12/2012 - Mitt Romney is steering clear of the fight over gay marriage and talking about his commitments to his own family in a commencement address at a conservative Christian university.

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Vigil set for Boston U. students killed in crash

Posted: 05/12/2012 - Boston University is planning to hold a candlelight vigil for three students studying in New Zealand who were killed when their minivan crashed during a weekend trip.

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Man shot in NYC linked to diet supplement company

Posted: 05/12/2012 - A man murdered during a business meeting in New York City was a top official in a Florida dietary supplement company that has been the target of thousands of consumer complaints.

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After JPMorgan loss, a call for stricter oversight

Posted: 05/12/2012 - More than three years after the financial industry almost collapsed, the colossal, $2 billion misfire at JPMorgan Chase is being cited by critics as proof that big banks still do not understand the threats posed by their own speculation.

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North Carolina a political headache for Democrats

Posted: 05/12/2012 - Once a bright spot for President Barack Obama, North Carolina is more like a political migraine now. And the ache is being felt less than four months before Democrats open their national convention in Charlotte.

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Gay marriage an issue but not like economy

Posted: 05/12/2012 - Republican activists say they'll use President Barack Obama's support for gay marriage to boost Mitt Romney's image in the eyes of conservatives and paint the president as a flip-flopper on the issue.

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Family of "no-fly list" toddler wants apology

Posted: 05/11/2012 - The family of an 18-month-old girl who was pulled off a flight because airline employees thought her name was on the U.S. no-fly list does not plan to take any legal action, but they are looking for an answer

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Girl Scouts respond to U.S. Catholic bishops' concerns

Posted: 05/11/2012 - The Girl Scouts of the USA, long a lightning rod for conservative criticism, are now facing their highest-level challenge yet: An official inquiry by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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Judge rejects effort to open CIA volume on Cuba

Posted: 05/11/2012 - A federal judge has ruled that a final volume of the CIA's three-decade-old history on the failed Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba can remain shrouded in secrecy because it is a draft, not a finished product.

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Edwards defense to ask judge to throw out US case

Posted: 05/11/2012 - Defense lawyers for John Edwards will ask a judge Friday to dismiss corruption charges against their client, arguing prosecutors failed to prove the former U.S. presidential candidate intentionally violated the law.

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Ex-NE mob boss to be sentenced in strip club plot

Posted: 05/11/2012 - Nine people described by prosecutors as Mafia leaders, members and associates were ensnared by an investigation into the shakedown of Providence strip clubs and other extortion activities.

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Lobster hostilities lead to boat sinkings in US

Posted: 05/11/2012 - The sinking of two lobster boats is rekindling memories of hostilities among U.S. lobstermen two years ago that led to a near-fatal shooting, boats being sunk and a barrage of lobster trap vandalism along Maine's lobster-rich coast.

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