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Injured Workers Suffer As 'Reforms' Limit Workers' Compensation Benefits  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 05:04:00 -0500
Over the past decade, states have slashed workers' compensation benefits, denying injured workers help when they need it most and shifting the costs of workplace accidents to taxpayers. 
Government Cracks Down On 'Birth Tourism' In Southern Calif.  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 04:53:00 -0500
Federal agents searched about 50 locations in Southern California on Tuesday for evidence of "maternal tourism" operations there. 
Immigrants Worry They'll Face Deportation After Deferred Action Delay  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 03:34:00 -0500
Some unauthorized immigrants who are parents of U.S. citizens and green-card holders are worried they may be forced to leave the U.S. because a court ruling has put a hold on their deportation relief. 
Alex Rodriguez Is Back, For Better Or Worse  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 03:34:00 -0500
As Major League Baseball's exhibition season begins, commentator Frank Deford says the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez is unlikely to be able to overcome his fall from grace, at least in the eyes of the fans. 
Shrink The FAFSA? Good Luck With That  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 03:32:00 -0500
Lots of politicians are calling for a shorter FAFSA — the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It now has more than 100 questions. But, it turns out, shortening the FAFSA is a tall order. 
Peace Corps Teams Up With First Lady To 'Let Girls Learn'  Tue, 03 Mar 2015 19:51:00 -0500
The Peace Corp will recruit and train about 650 additional volunteers to focus on girls' education around the world. The expansion is part of a larger program launched by Michelle Obama Tuesday. 
Why Shark Finning Bans Aren't Keeping Sharks Off The Plate (Yet)  Tue, 03 Mar 2015 19:12:00 -0500
Fewer shark fins are being imported into Hong Kong, the epicenter of shark-fin soup, a culinary delicacy. But while the trade in shark fins may be down, the trade in shark meat is still going strong. 
Clinton Foundation Funding Woes Touch Hillary, Too  Tue, 03 Mar 2015 18:53:32 -0500
With Clinton potentially prepping for a presidential run, her role in the Clinton Foundation raises questions about big contributions from foreign governments, corporations and individuals. 
Round 2: Health Care Law Faces The Supreme Court Again  Tue, 03 Mar 2015 17:59:00 -0500
In King v. Burwell, Obamacare's opponents are challenging the ACA again, this time contending that a section of the law doesn't authorize subsidies to make mandated insurance affordable in 34 states. 
House Passes No-Strings-Attached Bill To Fund Homeland Security  Tue, 03 Mar 2015 17:46:48 -0500
An effort by some congressional Republicans to block President Obama's executive actions on immigration by tying it to a Homeland Security spending bill officially failed on Tuesday. 
Should Hotel Owners Be Forced To Hand Over Guest Records To Police?  Tue, 03 Mar 2015 17:26:00 -0500
Hypotheticals about hunting lodges and Motel 6 saved the oral argument at the Supreme Court Tuesday from being strangled by legal weeds. 
4 Reasons Both Parties Should Be Sweating Bullets Over King V. Burwell  Tue, 03 Mar 2015 17:20:26 -0500
The biggest political threat of the latest challenge to Obamacare is to the president, but Republicans wouldn't be winners either. 
Ferguson Political Leader: DOJ Report Validates Protesters  Tue, 03 Mar 2015 17:16:20 -0500
The Justice Department is set to release a report that condemns the Ferguson, Mo., Police Department for its discriminatory practices. 
FAA Is Trying To Keep Hackers Out Of Air Traffic Control, Official Says  Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:51:00 -0500
FAA Administrator Michael Huerta tells a House panel that some vulnerabilities reported in a congressional study have been fixed, and the agency is working on others. 
Not Clearing The Snow Off Your Car Before Driving Could Cost You  Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:24:28 -0500
A Pennsylvania lawmaker wants to fine people who don't clean snow off their cars before getting on the road. Other states have similar laws. But for trucks, clearing the snow poses its own hazard.