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Chicago Gets Out From Under Its History Of Political Patronage

Mon, 2014-06-16 12:07

A court-appointed federal monitor will no longer oversee hiring in the city of Chicago. A federal judge ruled that the city has put in place enough safeguards to minimize patronage in Chicago government jobs. It took 45 years of court orders and consent decrees, but political reformers say that patronage, which once built a powerful democratic machine, is slowly becoming a thing of the past.

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Boon Or Blood Bath, Life Under ISIS Depends On The City

Mon, 2014-06-16 12:07

In Mosul, the militant group ISIS is providing cooking fuel to families and telling locals that soon they'll trade their masks for regular uniforms. In Tal Afar, where locals are Shiite and less sympathetic to ISIS, a bloody takeover has ensued instead.

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Calm Or Violent Chaos, Life Under ISIS Depends On The City

Mon, 2014-06-16 12:07

In Mosul, the militant group ISIS is providing cooking fuel to families and otherwise restoring order. But the mixed Shiite and Sunni town of Tal Afar has already seen the brutal face of ISIS.

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By Slim Margin, Supreme Court Preserves Key Gun Control Law

Mon, 2014-06-16 12:07

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that federal law may prohibit someone from buying a gun for another person — whether or not the other person is legally allowed to purchase a gun.

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Software That Sees Employees, Not Outsiders, As The Real Threat

Mon, 2014-06-16 12:07

Security software that's meant to prevent data loss in firms is shifting the focus to employee behavior, monitoring activity round-the-clock in search of bad intent. But will bosses go too far?

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Finally! A Decent Espresso On The International Space Station

Mon, 2014-06-16 12:06

An Italian aerospace firm, in conjunction with coffee company Lavazza and the Italian space agency, have jointly developed a system for producing zero-G espresso.

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Photos: Father Of Santa Barbara Killer Meets Victim's Dad

Mon, 2014-06-16 11:51

Richard Martinez made national news when he railed against politicians. Earlier this month, he made good on his promise to meet with the killer's dad to talk about how they could make things better.

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Texas Politics To Be Lone Star Of New HBO Series

Mon, 2014-06-16 11:01

A new HBO drama, God Save Texas, is set to take the chaos and color of the Texas political scene to the small screen.

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China Sentences 3 To Death For Tiananmen Attack

Mon, 2014-06-16 10:58

The defendants were accused of planning an October attack in which a car plowed into a crowd near the Forbidden City and then burst into flames.

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Dad Catches Rockies' Home Run With One Hand; Baby Is Safe

Mon, 2014-06-16 09:30

A San Francisco Giants fan snatched the homer on Father's Day while holding his 1-year-old son. One day earlier, another Giants fan caught a foul ball while also holding a child.

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Microwave Helmet Could Diagnose Strokes As Patients Ride To Hospital

Mon, 2014-06-16 09:26

Strokes come in two varieties, and drugs that treat one type can be deadly for the other. An experimental device could help get the right treatment to patients while they're still in ambulances.

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U.S. Launches Investigation Into Disappearance Of Bergdahl

Mon, 2014-06-16 08:50

The Army appointed Maj. Gen. Kenneth R. Dahl to investigate facts and circumstances involving Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's capture by the Taliban. The team won't interrogate Bergdahl in the near future.

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Bon Iver's 'Holocene': A Perfect Song To Write To

Mon, 2014-06-16 08:22

Andy Marra writes passionate essays about her experiences as a transgender woman. For the regular segment 'In Your Ear,' she shares some of the jams that help get her thoughts on paper.

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Remembering The Victories Of The 1964 Civil Rights Act

Mon, 2014-06-16 08:22

Law professor Randall Kennedy's memories of the Jim Crow South include his mother packing food to avoid stopping on long trips. He says the symbolism of these little moments is still important today.

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Activist Janet Mock: Please Respect Transgender Teens

Mon, 2014-06-16 08:22

When singer R. Kelly's teenager revealed himself as a transgender boy, the blogosphere erupted. Writer and activist Janet Mock discusses the do's and don'ts of writing about transgender minors.

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Is Educational Change Coming For Native Americans?

Mon, 2014-06-16 08:22

President Obama is promoting new initiatives to improve education for Native American students. Ahniwake Rose, executive director of the National Indian Education Association, has the details.

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Iraq Violence: Is There an End In Sight?

Mon, 2014-06-16 08:22

As the violence in Iraq begins to close in on Baghdad, host Michel Martin learns more about the conflict from The Wall Street Journal's Farnaz Fassihi, and former U.S. interpreter Tariq Abu Khumra.

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U.S. To Face Ghana As 'Group Of Death' Play Begins

Mon, 2014-06-16 08:07

Ghana has booted the U.S. team from the past two World Cups. The game in the Brazilian city of Natal is a critical one for the Americans to have any hope advancing out of Group G.

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The Key Sticking Points In The Iranian Nuclear Talks

Mon, 2014-06-16 07:44

Iran and six world powers have set a July 20 deadline for reaching a deal on Iran's nuclear program. With the clock ticking, here's a look at the main obstacles.

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Tony Gwynn, San Diego Padres Hall Of Famer, Dies

Mon, 2014-06-16 07:28

Gwynn, known as "Mr. Padre," flirted with a .400 batting average in 1994. Over his career, he earned eight National League batting titles and had 3,141 hits. He was 54.

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