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House Panel Finds 'No Intelligence Failure' Before Benghazi Attack  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:52:00 -0500
The final report by the House Intelligence Committee concludes the CIA "ensured sufficient security for CIA facilities in Benghazi and ... bravely assisted the State Department" on Sept. 11, 2012. 
Obama's Immigration Moves Do Little To Help Businesses, Groups Say  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:05:00 -0500
The actions do make it easier for people with work visas to move between jobs. But they don't address something employers have long pushed for: an increase in visas for low- and high-skilled workers. 
These 'True Tales' Add Nuance To The Immigration Discussion  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:27:47 -0500
President Obama announced an executive action on immigration this week. For an in-depth look at the issue, author Gustavo Arellano recommends two nonfiction collections about Mexican immigrants. 
With Warm Weather On The Way, Buffalo Residents Shovel Out  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:19:00 -0500
Robert Siegel talks with Buffalo News reporter Lou Michel, who's been out on the street covering the aftermath of the Buffalo snow storm. 
Electric Bikes, On A Roll In Europe, Start To Climb In U.S.  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:01:59 -0500
Electric bicycles have been popular in Europe for some time. But recently there has been a surge in U.S. sales amid changing perceptions that e-bikes aren't just for the elderly. 
Obama's Immigration Action Bittersweet For Many Families  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:50:00 -0500
More immigrants now qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Robert Siegel talks with Rocio Andiola in Mesa, Ariz. She is now eligible for DACA but her mother isn't. 
Texas Education Panel OKs New History, Social Studies Textbooks  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:46:00 -0500
The 10-5 vote in the Republican-controlled panel was along party lines. The outcome is significant because Texas with it 5 million students has a large impact on the national textbook market. 
San Francisco Proposes Predictable Scheduling To Help Hourly Workers  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:43:00 -0500
The city is poised to pass legislation to make hourly workers' schedules more predictable. Large retailers will also have to offer more hours to part-time employees before hiring someone else 
Georgia's 'Coverage Gap' Leaves Many Uninsured  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:34:00 -0500
The state did not expand Medicaid so many of their target audience — African-Americans and Latinos — may make too much to qualify for Medicaid but too little to get subsidies. 
Obama Takes Sales Pitch For Immigration Action On The Road  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:27:00 -0500
President Obama was in Las Vegas on Friday to explain why he acted unilaterally to give temporary reprieve to millions of illegal immigrants. 
Residents In Ferguson, Mo., Ready For Grand Jury Decision  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:22:29 -0500
In Ferguson, Mo., preparations are being made by protest organizers, church leaders and businesses as they await the grand jury's decision in the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown. 
Shrinking Glaciers Could Squeeze Washington's Water Supply  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:22:00 -0500
Washington state is home to more glaciers than any other state in the lower 48. And they're receding faster than ever before. 
Native Americans, Landowners Protest Keystone XL Pipeline In South Dakota  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:22:00 -0500
The U.S. Senate failed to approve the Keystone XL pipeline but the issue appears headed for a green light in the GOP-controlled Congress next year. 
In Southwest, New Immigration Policies Bring Frustration From All Sides  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:22:00 -0500
Anger and disappointment with Obama's executive action has been swift, and isn't just being voiced by anti-illegal immigration groups. Some immigrant rights supporters call the moves inadequate. 
Texas Hits The Books  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:22:00 -0500
For the first time in more than a decade, the Texas State Board of Education has adopted new social studies textbooks. But the process came with a few hiccups.