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California taking slow steps to resume executions

The nation's largest state hasn't executed anyone in over a decade, but recent laws have meant that the state is slowly preparing to use capital punishment again.

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As first 100 days dwindle, Trump has tough week ahead

The President is up against a budget deadline even as he tries to push forward policy successes before the symbolic 100-day mark of his administration.

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O'Reilly and changing a culture of sexual harassment

A recent study found that 30 years of training has not been very effective at preventing sexual harassment, because it's too focused on avoiding liability. More important is the tone set by leaders.

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Those obituaries for Trump-style populism? A bit premature.

President Trump has edged closer to mainstream stands on some issues. But this week's 'Buy American, Hire American' push is a reminder that he's not done bucking the establishment.

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British lawmakers say high heel workplace ban is a step too far

The bill was introduced to change what many see as sexist dress codes imposed on professional women in Britain.

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When a child has no lunch money, whose problem is it?

As so-called lunch-shaming practices come under increasing scrutiny, the search for solutions – both public and private – has intensified. 

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Wal-Mart, other retailers betting against Trump’s border tax

Many retailers that were contemplating a complicated and costly shift of supply lines closer to the US are now changing their calculus to fight a border tax bill in Congress.

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After legal roadblocks, Arkansas performs its first execution since 2005

The state originally wanted to put eight inmates to death before its supply of a drug used in lethal injection expires at the end of April. Overcoming last minute legal hurdles, the first inmate, Ledell Lee, was executed Thursday night.

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The next O'Reilly: Why young conservatives may not want a Papa Bear

Younger people who are politically engaged today tend to be more eclectic – more moderate or more libertarian, and not necessarily looking for one authority figure to follow religiously.

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After 'Facebook killing,' social media confronts its dark side

A Facebook-shared murder video this week is resurfacing hard questions about civility on the internet and whether tech companies do enough to curtail violence, hate, and other abuses on their platforms.

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With new trademarks, Ivanka Trump's business grows alongside political influence

Despite controversy surrounding her global business empire and position at the White House, first daughter Ivanka Trump continues to enjoy high popularity among voters. But she won't necessarily be the most powerful first daughter to date.

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Across US, states answering cries for police reforms

Largely overshadowed by the emotional protests demanding police reforms, a wave of legislation and executive orders has been enacted at the state level in the past two years.

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Is Trump changing his views on international deals?

President Trump promised to pull out of many international agreements, but his position seems to have changed somewhat since the presidential campaign.

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Arkansas executions face new legal roadblocks

For the second time this week, court rulings halt efforts in Arkansas to carry out its first executions since 2005.

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SeaWorld announces birth of last orca bred in captivity

The baby orca was born just over a year after the park announced it would no longer breed orcas in captivity. 

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Utah Rep. Chaffetz says he won't run for re-election

The Republican has easily won re-election four times, but is now facing hostile crowds at town halls, a strong Democratic challenger, and criticism over his reluctance to investigate Donald Trump.

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Blue surge in Georgia: What election shows about shifts in suburban values

The Atlanta suburbs these days are less about picket fences and more about bulgogi on Uber Eats. As demographics shift, so do suburban values – and votes, as Democrat Jon Ossoff's first-place finish Tuesday shows.

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Crisis in Venezuela: Can Trump ‘lead from behind’ in Latin America?

If the US chooses to weigh in against Venezuela's antidemocratic spiral, analysts say the model for action is cooperation with its neighbors, a possible template for US action on other crises that pose less national-security risk than North Korea or Iran.

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Why the first 'Dreamer' deported under Trump was sent back to Mexico

A spokesman for US Customs and Border Protection said the 23-year-old entered the United States illegally. At least 10 Dreamers remain in federal custody.

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One Democrat, one Republican advance to second special election for Georgia congressional seat

Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel will face off in a June special election for Congressional seat left vacant by Health Secretary Tom Price. 

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Trump signs "Buy American, Hire American," an order to put US workers first

At the headquarters of hand and power tool manufacturer Snap-on Inc., President Trump signed an order that that asks the government to propose new rules and changes that will stop what he called abuses in a visa program used by US technology companies.

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Trump voters discontented? So far that's not what polls say.

President Trump has weak overall ratings, yet he still polls very well among Republicans and right-leaning independents who were crucial to his election. Congress and House Speaker Paul Ryan don't fare as well.

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Church, state, and school: What might Supreme Court ruling mean for vouchers?

Thirty-eight states have amendments prohibiting state money from going to religious organizations. A Supreme Court case Wednesday, about whether a religious private school is eligible for state grant money, could change that.

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As historic drought ends, Californians vow to retain water-saving habits

California Gov. Jerry Brown announced the end of the state's six-year drought earlier this month, but Golden State residents say they have no plans to return to their wasteful ways.

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Kenyans secure Boston Marathon wins after drought, but Americans had a surprisingly strong finish, too

Geoffrey Kirui and Edna Kiplagat won the men's and women's races respectively after a few years without a Kenyan wearing the winner's laurel. But American elite runners also turned out in force among the top 10.

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New executive order to prioritize Americans over foreign workers

The 'buy American and hire American' order will also try to encourage the purchase of American products in federal contracts, according to two White House officials. 

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In first day on Supreme Court, Gorsuch is an 'energetic questioner'

Justice Neil Gorsuch's inquiries in the three cases heard by the Supreme Court on Monday often revealed a Scalia-style emphasis on the text of the statutes themselves.

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Under new framework for student progress, states try new ways to grade schools

The Obama-era Every Student Succeeds Act, which comes into effect this year, gives states greater flexibility in how they judge schools.

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Female running pioneer Kathrine Switzer returns to Boston Marathon

Switzer will run the 2017 Marathon where she and another woman runner, Bobbi Gibb, made history. Her bib number will be retired after this year's race.

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Why Trump's palace intrigue matters

Chatter about who's up (economic adviser Gary Cohn) and who's down (chief strategist Steve Bannon) all seems like so much schoolyard gossip. But it's a window on President Trump's evolving policy positions. 

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As Trump sharpens focus on key issues, surprising reversals on core campaign rhetoric

As the president gets up to speed on issues from North Korea to NATO, he shows more flexibility on foreign policy.

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Listeners can now 'feel the Bern' with new Sanders podcast

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (Ind.) has released a podcast show featuring interviews with progressive guests. Will it keep his 'political revolution' alive in 2018?

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Can the 'Charging Bull' sculptor control his artwork's meaning?

Arturo Di Modica says a statue placed in front of his iconic bronze bull has changed its meaning, but can and should artists have control over how their work is viewed? 

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Amid Arkansas death penalty debate, concern for the executioners

Arkansas is planning to execute seven prisoners in 11 days starting Monday. This week, 23 former corrections officials pleaded with the governor to reconsider, warning that participating in executions can exact a 'severe toll on corrections officers’ well-being.'

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Hearings begin on California counties’ challenge to Trump ‘sanctuary city’ order

Two California counties are trying to win an injunction against President Trump's executive order, saying it has interfered with budgetary planning.

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Church revival? More liberals are filling Protestant pews.

Since the rise of Donald Trump, liberal-leaning churches have reported surges in attendance and newfound energy in the pews. Will it prove a temporary 'Trump bump' or a lasting change after decades of decline in mainline Protestant churches?

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American isolationism? World signals it may no longer be possible.

Responding to crisis after crisis, President Trump, and much of his administration, appear to be moving away rapidly from the campaign slogan of 'America First' to the traditional internationalism the world seems still to crave.

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Sessions announces revamp of immigration law system. Will it help?

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a plan Tuesday to add more immigration judges to the courts, a move that many call long overdue. But some worry that an uptick in immigrant detention will keep a case backlog in place.

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Substitute teacher shortage adds to strain on struggling schools

'I've never seen it this dire,' Niagara Falls City School District Superintendent Mark Laurrie says of the struggle to find enough substitute teachers to keep his school operating.

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To preserve Obamacare, liberal states plan to use Trump's words against him

Democratic attorneys general and lawyers say President Trump's suggestion he would let Obamacare 'explode' could be used in court as proof that he is violating the 'take care' clause.

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Trump: Disagreements on Syria puts US-Russia relations at 'all-time low'

President Trump said that the United State's relationship with Russia 'may be at an all-time low' despite his campaign promises to bolster better relations with the former US foe. 

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How a gritty Midwestern city is emerging as a model for civility

Gary, Ind., hosts World Civility Day on Thursday, drawing attendees from as far afield as Kenya as part of an ongoing campaign that has boosted not only civility but also the city’s own self-image.

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Chicago schools' big experiment with a different disciplinary tool: empathy

Chicago public schools are pivoting from heavy reliance on expulsions and suspensions to a focus on social and emotional learning and restorative justice. Here's what that looks like at one school.

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US drops out of top 5 death penalty countries in the world

In the US, the number of people executed – 20 – fell to levels not seen since 1991, according to an Amnesty International report. Worldwide, use of capital punishment dropped by 37 percent.

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Melania Trump wins settlement from Daily Mail over libel claim

Britain's Daily Mail agreed on Wednesday to pay the first lady an undisclosed sum and issue an apology after it published an article saying Melania Trump had offered 'services beyond simply modeling' in her former job.

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Putin: Russia-US trust is eroding because of President Trump

The comments mark a significant turn in Russian perceptions of Donald Trump, which had been largely positive during the US presidential campaign.

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As deadline nears, Puerto Rico seeks solutions to fiscal crisis

A round of mediated talks is set to begin on Thursday. But without an agreement soon, the next step for the island could be bankruptcy.

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On a tour of the US-Mexico border, AG Sessions offers a get-tough approach to immigration

The nation's top law enforcement official outlined a series of changes that he said mark the start of a new push to rid American cities and the border of what he described as "filth" brought on by drug cartels and criminal organizations.

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In Atlanta's suburbs, is a political revolution brewing?

A Democrat holds a commanding lead in the April 18 race for Georgia's Sixth District – which has been Republican since the 1970s. With other Democrat outsiders making unexpectedly strong showings in GOP strongholds, early races may hold clues to movement's strength.

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A small school caught in the crossfire of AmeriCorps debate

Nativity Preparatory School in New Bedford, Mass., could lose vital funding for most of its teachers if the AmeriCorps program is slashed from the federal budget. But such a threat also exposes the challenge of providing a tuition-free, private school education for students from low-income families. 

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