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Doctors With Cancer Push California To Allow Aid In Dying  Mon, 30 Mar 2015 12:23:00 -0400
Dr. Dan Swangard doesn't know if he would take lethal medications to hasten death. But as someone with metastatic cancer, he wants to have that choice. He's part of a suit to change California law. 
1 Death Reported Outside NSA After Car Tried To Ram Security Gate  Mon, 30 Mar 2015 11:21:00 -0400
A car that was intercepted near the security gate of the National Security Agency's headquarters at Fort Meade, Md., was fired upon Monday morning, killing one suspect and injuring another. 
Amid Criticism, Indiana's Republicans To Revisit Religious Freedom Law  Mon, 30 Mar 2015 11:16:00 -0400
The Religious Freedom Restoration Act stoked controversy almost from the moment it was passed by the state's GOP-dominated Legislature and signed by Gov. Mike Pence on Thursday. 
Hillary Clinton's Email Controversy Hasn't Changed Much For 2016  Mon, 30 Mar 2015 06:03:00 -0400
Three weeks after the Democratic front runner's widely covered news conference about her use of private emails, polls continue to show her ahead of Republicans in the 2016 presidential race. 
How Many Crimes Do Your Police 'Clear'? Now You Can Find Out  Mon, 30 Mar 2015 05:11:00 -0400
Police say a crime is "cleared" when they make an arrest or identify a suspect. Clearance rates vary widely by city, but you can use our tool to look up how the police are faring where you live. 
Open Cases: Why One-Third Of Murders In America Go Unresolved  Mon, 30 Mar 2015 05:04:00 -0400
Police today are identifying fewer murder suspects than they did a generation ago. One criminologist says that may be because departments are more focused on preventing crimes than on making arrests. 
In New York's Multinational Astoria, Diversity Is Key To Harmony  Mon, 30 Mar 2015 05:04:00 -0400
The neighborhood in Queens has become a kind of urban United Nations, with people from 100 countries living there. The more diverse it becomes, the better its residents appear to get along. 
Employers And Insurers Gain Control In Workers' Compensation Disputes  Mon, 30 Mar 2015 05:03:00 -0400
In 10 states, injured workers are finding it more difficult to get or keep medical treatment their doctors prescribe because of reforms to workers' comp laws. 
With So Much Oil Flowing, U.S. May Be Reaching Storage Limits  Mon, 30 Mar 2015 03:42:00 -0400
Amid record production, some analysts worry the U.S. will run out of places to put it all. One says lack of storage space could drive oil down to about $20 a barrel, less than half the current price. 
Uphill Skiing Gains Traction In Colorado  Mon, 30 Mar 2015 03:41:00 -0400
There's a growing trend of hiking up mountains — in skis. Though it's banned at some resorts for safety reasons, enthusiasts in Aspen want make the town a hub for the emerging sport. 
Sure, Use A Treadmill Desk — But You Still Need To Exercise  Mon, 30 Mar 2015 03:40:00 -0400
Treadmill desks were the hot new trend in exercising a few years ago. The idea was to get moving and lose weight at work. But a new study suggests people don't use them enough to make a difference. 
Proposed Payday Industry Regulations Must Strike Delicate Balance  Sun, 29 Mar 2015 17:21:00 -0400
The federal government is moving to reign in the payday loan industry, which critics say traps consumers in a damaging cycle of debt. A look at the possible effects of proposed regulations. 
Palm Springs Celebrates Its Past, And Tourists Arrive In Droves  Sun, 29 Mar 2015 17:21:00 -0400
Palm Springs was the desert playground of golden-era Hollywood. Then its glamour faded. Now its midcentury architecture, its retro style and the allure of its past are fueling a rebirth. 
Videos On End-Of-Life Choices Ease Tough Conversation  Sun, 29 Mar 2015 17:21:00 -0400
A program in Hawaii aims to reduce the number of older people who spend their final days of life in a hospital. Hawaii has one of the highest rates of hospital deaths for those over age 65 in the U.S. 
Iran, West Said To Be Closing Gap On Nuke Deal As Deadline Looms  Sun, 29 Mar 2015 15:29:00 -0400
The two sides are reportedly close to a deal ahead of a Tuesday deadline, but diplomatic sources caution that an agreement could still fall apart. Shipping uranium to Russia is a point of contention.