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High court poised to upend civil rights policies

(AP) — Addressing two pivotal legal issues, one on affirmative action and a second on voting rights, a divided Supreme Court is poised to answer the question: Has the nation lived down its history of racism and should the law become colorblind?

03/31/2013

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Hunger strike hinders DC murder trial plans

WASHINGTON (AP) — The already-bizarre criminal case of a slain German socialite and journalist has been brought to a virtual standstill by her husband’s refusal to eat, which has left the defendant unable to sit or stand on his own and at risk of death.

03/23/2013

U.S. unemployment down

Average for US jobless claims at fresh 5-year low

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid barely changed last week, while the average over the past month fell to a fresh five-year low. The decline in layoffs is helping strengthen the job market.

03/21/2013

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US housing starts rise, permits at 4 ½-year high

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. builders started more houses and apartments in February and obtained permits for future construction at the fastest pace in 4 ½ years. The increases point to a housing recovery that is gaining strength.

03/19/2013

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Must voters have to prove citizenship to register?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court justices seem conflicted on whether they think states can force people to prove their U.S. citizenship before registering to vote.

03/18/2013

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Poll: Increasing numbers of working moms want full-time jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) – A new national survey says working moms increasingly want full-time jobs outside the home, and tough economic times might be a big reason.

03/14/2013

First Lady Michelle Obama (AP Photo)

Michelle Obama urges CEOs to hire more veterans

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama is challenging some of America’s top CEOs to “think outside the box” and hire more veterans, saying that oblessness among veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is nearly 2 points higher than the national rate.

03/13/2013

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Republicans unveil government funding measure

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans controlling the House are moving to give the Pentagon more money for military readiness. They also want to largely exempt agencies like the FBI and the Border Patrol as well as Western firefighting efforts from spending cuts.

03/04/2013

California State Attorney General Kamala Harris

Calif. AG lobbies feds for law enforcement money

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Attorney General Kamala Harris is in Washington to lobby Congress and the Justice Department for more money to hire state and local law enforcement officers.

02/27/2013

Penny and Phil Sound Bite

Calif.’s youth incarceration among highest in nation, ineffective

Jessica Mindnich, the Director of Research for the national children’s advocacy group Children Now, shared some insight on the story with Penny and Phil. Click here to listen to a replay.

02/27/2013

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