North Korea Sentences U.S. Citizen To 15 Years Hard Labor

Kenneth Bae was sentenced to hard labor in North Korea. (Shinsuke JJ Ikegame/Flickr)

Kenneth Bae was sentenced to 15 years in a prison camp.



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Banning Fire 30 Percent Contained

Banning is prone to brush fires. (bossco/Flickr)

The fast-moving fire burned 1,700 acres.



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Cuba Remains Listed As State Sponsor Of Terrorism

Cuba is a sponsor of terrorism, according to the State Department. (flippinyank/Flickr)

Cuba joins Syria, Iran and Sudan on the list.



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Bloomberg Donates $350,000 To Pro-Deasy School Board Candidate

Bloomberg wants to keep John Deasy in this office. (lewisha1990/Flickr)

Bloomberg and his allies want to elect Antonio Sanchez.



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White House Unveils New 'Science-Based' Drug Policy

Drug czar Gil Kerlikowske announced a new treatment-based policy Wednesday. (Tulane Public Relations/Flickr)

The new policy is long on treatment, short on marijuana specifics.



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Second Bombing Suspect Said To Be Pinned Down On Boat In Watertown

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev may be hiding on a boat in Watertown. (FBI)

Police pinned Tsarnaev in Watertown.



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Boston Police: One Suspect Dead, Other 'Terrorist' At Large

Police are looking for this man, said to have escaped from a shootout. (FBI)

Police say one suspect is dead and the other remains at large.



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We'll Get Background Checks When Terrorists Go To Gun Shows

Americans are happy to give up liberties out of fear of terrorism. (redjar/Flickr)

Only fear of terrorism can make Congress act on guns.



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Dozens Believed Killed In Explosion Near Waco

The small town of West, Texas was hit by a massive explosion. (Paul Lowry/Flickr)

Officials report 60 to 70 dead from the blast.



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Obama, Giffords React Furiously To Senate Vote On Background Checks

President Obama lashed out at Republican senators and the gun lobby. (Intel Photos/Flickr)

The president and the ex-congresswoman held nothing back in condemning the vote.



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Mark Sanford Dumped By Republican Party

Mark Sanford will not be getting any more money from the Republican Party. (Charleston's TheDigitel/Flickr)

The former governor has to go in alone in his run for Congress.



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The Gun Control Movement Needs To Shoot Its Messengers

Michael Bloomberg should step aside in the gun debate. (Boss Tweed/Flickr)

Gun control needs more Joe Manchin, less Mike Bloomberg.



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Senate Immigration Bill Emphasizes Border Security

The proposed legislation would beef up security along the U.S.-Mexico border. (Allen Ormond/Flickr)

The bill uses securing the border to clear a path to citizenship.



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American Jews Urge Netanyahu To Work With Kerry On Peace Deal

Influential American Jews want Netanyahu to work with Hillary Clinton's successor for peace. (U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv/Flickr)

One hundred leading American Jews signed a letter to the PM.



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West Virginia Sheriff Shot To Death In Parked Car

Sheriff Eugene Crum was cracking down on drug trafficking in the mountainous coal-mining region. (Tim Kiser/Wikimedia Commons)

Sheriff Eugene Crum was cracking down on drug trafficking.



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Connecticut Set To Enact Comprehensive Gun Control Legislation

The Connecticut State Senate approved the bill 26-10. (cliff1066/Flickr)

Gov. Dan Malloy is expected to sign the bill Thursday.



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The Republican Party In L.A. Has Become An Afterthought

The party of Reagan has become a relic in his hometown. (Houstonian Yearbook/Flickr)

The GOP no longer believes it can win here.



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Cyprus Banks Set To Reopen With Strict Capital Controls

Banks in Cyprus will open after 11 days off. (Petros3/Wikimedia Commons)

Transactions will be limited to €5,000 per month.



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Kay Hagan Becomes Latest Democrat To Support Marriage Equality

Sen. Hagan is a top target of Republicans in 2014. (United States Senate/Wikimedia Commons)

The North Carolina Senator faces a tough re-election campaign next year.



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New Research May Lead To Better Cancer Screenings

DNA markers could be used to develop more effective cancer screenings. (Micah Baldwin/Flickr)

Scientists hope to develop new tests within five years.



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Assault Weapons Ban Out Of Senate Gun Bill

A ban on assault weapons like the AR-15 will not be part of a comprehensive gun bill. (robscomputer/Flickr)

The Senate will focus on other gun safety measures.



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Cyprus Bailout Pits Germany Against Russia

Banks in Cyprus remain closed after a run on ATMs. (Leonid Mamchenkov/Flickr)

The proposed Cyprus bailout plan hits ordinary depositors, many of whom are Russian.



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'47 Percent' Videographer Comes Forward

Mitt Romney's lack of social graces led to the release of the tape. (IowaPolitics.com/Flickr)

He is Florida man Scott Prouty.



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Florida Lt. Gov. Resigns Amid Internet Gambling Probe

Fla. Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll resigned suddenly Tuesday night. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll used to consult for a charity said to be a gambling front.



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N.Y. State Police In Standoff With Man Alleged To Have Killed Four

Herkimer, N.Y. was shattered by gun violence Wednesday. (Dougtone/Flickr)

64-year-old Kurt Myers is said to be the shooter.



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Terrorists Want Us To Be Afraid Of Kitchen Tools

A deadly weapon, according to the American people. (joebeone/Flickr)

Freedom isn't about being afraid of corkscrews and hockey sticks.



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Twitter Reacts To Rand Paul's Marathon Filibuster

Rand Paul was a social media hero Wednesday. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

The Kentucky senator took Twitter by storm.



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Syrian Rebels Kidnap Over 20 UN Peacekeepers In Golan Heights

The Golan Heights are on the border of Syria and Israel. (FreedomHouse/Flickr)

The U.N. called for their immediate release.



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Rand Paul Filibusters John Brennan Over Drone Strikes

Sen. Rand Paul is taking a stand against drone strikes. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

The libertarian is taking a stand against the possibility of drone strikes in the U.S.



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Garcetti And Greuel Advance In L.A.'s Parliamentary Mayoral Race

Ex-Councilman Eric Garcetti is currently the leading vote-getter in L.A.'s mayoral race. (Danny Lee/Neon Tommy)

Garcetti and Greuel now face the task of building a governing coalition.



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City Attorney Announces Injunction Against Columbus Street Gang

The gang injunction will cover 2.7 square miles in North Hills. (Matt Pressberg)

The gang is over 200 members strong and controls a large area of North Hills.



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Jack Lew Confirmed As Treasury Secretary

President Obama with his two Treasury secretaries, Tim Geithner and Jack Lew. (Wikimedia Commons)

The former Citigroup executive will take over for the departing Tim Geithner.



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Kevin James Against The Machine

The fiery radio host hopes to topple City Hall insiders. (Neon Tommy/Flickr)

The former radio host believes his rage against an unpopular machine could prove more successful than most observers predict.



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Michelle Rhee Group Makes Splash In School Board Races

Michelle Rhee is getting involved in L.A.'s school board races. (angela n./Flickr)

The education firebrand announced a $250,000 donation supporting three candidates.



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Pope Benedict May Move Up Conclave Choosing His Replacement

The conclave will be held in the famous Sistine Chapel. (cking/Flickr)

Former Archbishop of Los Angeles Roger Mahony is eligible to vote.



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Oscar, George And Wayne's World

Wayne LaPierre's world is a trigger-happy one. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Wayne's World is a trigger-happy and reckless fantasy.



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Homeowners Discovered Dorner In Cabin, Were Tied Up And Escaped

Jim and Karen Reynolds were among the last people to see Chris Dorner alive. (Wikimedia Commons)

The couple made the 911 call that led to the standoff.



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American Airlines, US Airways Reportedly Agree On Merger Terms

US Airways hopes its merger with American will take off. (Pylon757/Flickr)

The merger will be formally announced Thursday.



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