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Bloomberg Seeks To Alter Gun Debate With $50 Million, And Moms  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:49:00 -0400
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is committing more of his considerable fortune to getting gun safety laws passed. The initiative will support a grass-roots effort that seeks to enlist women. 
Justice's 'Peacemaker' Unit Focuses On Transgender Rights  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:02:00 -0400
A unit originally created to keep the peace during the civil rights movement is training law enforcement on how to be more sensitive to transgender witnesses and crime victims. 
On Your Mark, Get Set, Grow: A Guide To Speedy Vegetables  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:54:00 -0400
Impatient gardeners don't have to wait for summer to harvest salad fixings. A surprising variety of crops will bring homegrown produce to your table in as little as three weeks. 
Legal Moves Might Mean Fiscal Relief, And More PR Troubles, For GM  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:39:00 -0400
General Motors is signaling its plans to ask a bankruptcy judge for protection from lawsuits related to a defective switch recall. This could further complicate its current public relations crisis. 
Iranian U.N. Ambassador's Past Makes Fodder For Diplomatic Dust-up  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:23:00 -0400
The U.S. has denied a visa to Hamid Aboutalebi, Iran's choice as ambassador to the United Nations. Bloomberg reporter Sangwon Yoon explains the diplomatic controversy and how it may play out. 
Entering Talks In Geneva, U.S. Hopes For A Ukraine Breakthrough  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:00:13 -0400
Secretary of State John Kerry is set to meet Thursday with officials from Russia, Ukraine and the European Union. They will discuss the crisis in Ukraine. While the Obama administration has said it has overwhelming evidence that Moscow is stirring up the unrest in eastern Ukraine, it says it wants to wait before expanding sanctions. Analysts say Washington has few other options. 
The New SAT: Less Vocabulary, More Linear Equations  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:00:00 -0400
The new version of the standardized test for college admissions, set to go into effect in 2016, will do away with obscure vocabulary words and cut multiple choice answer options from five to four. 
New Deal Treasure: Government Searches For Long-Lost Art  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:00:00 -0400
During the Great Depression, the federal government purchased hundreds of thousands of works by American artists. But in the decades since, much of that art has gone missing. 
Ex-City Manager Caught In Calif. Salary Scandal Gets 12 Years  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:49:00 -0400
Robert Rizzo, who paid himself an $800,000 salary for running the small town of Bell, Calif., took advantage of the fact that there were "no checks and balances" in city government, the judge said. 
Light And Dark: The Racial Biases That Remain In Photography  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:35:00 -0400
When Syreeta McFadden was young, she dreaded being photographed. Cameras made her skin look darkened and distorted. Now a photographer herself, she's learned to capture various hues of brown skin. 
Edward Snowden: From 'Geeky' Dropout To NSA Leaker  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:24:00 -0400
What motivated the former NSA contractor to divulge carefully guarded NSA secrets? A new Vanity Fair article takes a look back at the "kid from the Maryland suburbs." 
Debate: Millennials Don't Stand A Chance  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:52:00 -0400
Narcissistic and ill-prepared for the future? Or civic-minded and entrepreneurial? Two teams tackle stereotypes and realities about young Americans in the latest Intelligence Squared U.S. 
Holy Bible Could Become Louisiana's Official Book  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:27:00 -0400
Lawmakers have proposed a bill that would make the Bible the state's official book, but critics say it is unconstitutional and would open Louisiana up to legal challenges. 
Judge Overturns North Dakota's Strict Abortion Law  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:12:00 -0400
U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland called the state's ban on abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy "invalid and unconstitutional." 
Boston Bombing Defendant Can See Victims' Autopsy Photos, Judge Says  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:38:00 -0400
Prosecutors said it would disturb the families of those who died to know that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could view those images. The judge ruled Tsarnaev has the right to see such evidence. 
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Bloomberg Seeks To Alter Gun Debate With $50 Million, And Moms  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:49:00 -0400
Justice's 'Peacemaker' Unit Focuses On Transgender Rights  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:02:00 -0400
On Your Mark, Get Set, Grow: A Guide To Speedy Vegetables  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:54:00 -0400
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