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'Masters of Sex' has become surprisingly topical

The show offers some historical context for what's happening in Ferguson now.

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Some US colleges calling students back from Israel

HARTFORD, Conn. — Some U.S. colleges are pulling students from overseas study programs in Israel as the Gaza war rages, though the relative calm beyond the immediate battle areas is raising questions in some quarters about why they had to leave.

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New restrictions on hydrocodone to take effect

New restrictions on hydrocodone to take effect

WASHINGTON — The federal government is finalizing new restrictions on hundreds of medicines containing hydrocodone, the highly addictive painkiller that has grown into the most widely prescribed drug in the U.S.

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China tries five cult members for murder of woman they tried to recruit

BEIJING — Five people went on trial Thursday in China on charges of beating a woman to death in a McDonald's restaurant after unsuccessfully trying to recruit her to join their Christian cult.

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Nearly 300 women, children deported from immigration detention centers

TUCSON — Nearly 300 Central American women and children have been deported from family detention centers that opened in the wake of a recent influx of people illegally crossing the Southwest border.

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Holder says he understands mistrust of police

Holder says he understands mistrust of police

ST. LOUIS — Attorney General Eric Holder sought Wednesday to reassure the people of Ferguson about the investigation into Michael Brown’s death and said he understands why many black Americans do not trust police, recalling how he was repeatedly stopped by officers who seemed to target him b…

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Holder says he understands mistrust of police

Holder says he understands mistrust of police

In nearby Clayton, Mo., police guarded the St. Louis County Justice Center, where a grand jury started hearing evidence Wednesday to determine whether Officer Darren Wilson should be charged in the death of Michael Brown.

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Minnesota restaurant chain backs off employee tip fee

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A Minnesota restaurant chain no longer plans to take a cut out of its servers’ tips to offset the state’s higher minimum wage.

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High court blocks same-sex unions in Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. — Same-sex couples will have to forget their plans to marry in Virginia — at least for now — after the U.S. Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to delay an appeals court ruling striking down the state’s gay marriage ban.

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Obama weighs broader move on legal immigration

Obama weighs broader move on legal immigration

The president’s go-it-alone approach to solve the immigration crisis sparked protests; now he is weighing input from others.

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Obama weighs broader move on legal immigration

Obama weighs broader move on legal immigration

The president is considering changes requested by tech, industry and interest groups.

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Decline in teen births is historic but uneven

Decline in teen births is historic but uneven

CDC attributes decline to decreased sexual activity, frequent use of contraception.

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I'm a straight woman married to a woman

I've never questioned my sexuality, my desire to be with a man.

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Roméo Dallaire: Use of child soldiers augurs mass atrocities

Roméo Dallaire: Use of child soldiers augurs mass atrocities

I was tasked with stopping a genocide, and I failed.

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Misreading of demographics, yes ... but no race war

Misreading of demographics, yes ... but no race war

Impending changes will bring discomfort to some, but will be an opportunity.

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How can authorities restore order in Ferguson?

How can authorities restore order in Ferguson?

They’ve lined the streets with police in riot gear, brought in a new black commander with an empathetic manner, imposed a curfew, lifted it and deployed the National Guard — and still the violence erupts nightly in the town of Ferguson, Missouri.

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How can authorities restore order in Ferguson?

How can authorities restore order in Ferguson?

Protesters walk through a cloud of tear gas in Ferguson. More violence broke out Monday night after some protesters resisted police orders to disperse.

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School shooting plot foiled after Web activities monitored

SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. — Investigators acting on a tip unraveled a plot to carry out a mass shooting at a suburban Los Angeles high school, arresting a pair of students who planned to target three school staffers and kill as many people as possible, police said Tuesday.

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Stay of deportation denied for sanctuary seeker

Stay of deportation denied for sanctuary seeker

Family has been at Southside Presbyterian Church since Aug. 7.

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Holder brings his civil rights push to Ferguson

Holder brings his civil rights push to Ferguson

Attorney general aims to reassure embroiled community that justice will be served.

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