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  • Justices Hear Arguments On Individual Mandate
    The nation's capital is focused on the Supreme Court this week, and that includes members of Congress. Wednesday is the third day justices will hear arguments considering the constitutionality of President Obama's health care overhaul.
  • Supreme Court's Medicaid Decision Could Reach Far Beyond Health Care
    The justices will hear arguments Wednesday over whether the health law's expansion of Medicaid for the poor unfairly forces the states to participate. And their decision could greatly affect the relationship between the federal government and the states.
  • A Struggle To Define 'Death' For Organ Donors
    A new method of obtaining organs for transplantation has some in the medical community questioning whether donors are technically "dead." The controversy centers around how one defines "dead" — something that turns out to be pretty complicated.
  • Pope To Officiate Open-Air Mass In Cuban Capital
    Pope Benedict is in Cuba's capital Havana for Wednesday's morning's open-air mass that is expected to attract huge crowds. On Tuesday, the pope made a pilgrimage to the country's most revered place: the Basilica of the Virgin of Charity.
  • In Southern States, Immigration Law Battle Rages On
    Despite federal and Supreme Court challenges, Southern states continue to push anti-immigration laws through their legislatures. Georgia debated a bill late into Tuesday night that would restrict public education, while the Mississippi House recently passed a measure requiring police to check immigration status upon arrest.
  • Bill Maher's Obama SuperPAC Donation Causing Stir
    The comedian's $1 million check to the superPAC supporting President Obama is the first seven-figure donation to the group since Obama gave his tacit endorsement of the fundraising strategy. Conservative women upset by Maher's remarks about them say the superPAC should give back the money.
  • Alan Lomax's Massive Archive Goes Online
    More than 17,000 sound recordings made by the famed folklorist are now available, for free.
  • Los Angeles Dodgers To Be Sold In Historic Deal
    A group that includes former Lakers star Magic Johnson agreed Tuesday night to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers from Frank McCourt for a record $2 billion. The price would shatter the mark for a North American sports franchise, topping the $1.1 billion Stephen Ross paid for the NFL's Miami Dolphins in 2009.
  • Enbridge, Enterprise To Increase Pipeline Capacity
    North American oil production is expanding and that's creating demand for new ways to move that oil to market. Two energy companies — Enbridge Inc. and Enterprise Products Partners --have announced plans to build new pipelines that will stretch from Illinois to the Gulf Coast of Texas. Federal regulators would need to approve the plan.
  • The Good And The Bad Of Kenya's First Oil Strike
    For the first time, oil has been discovered in the East African nation of Kenya. The country's energy minister quickly held a news conference. Holding up a bottle of crude, he pledged to make sure oil is a blessing for the people and not a curse. Will Ross of the BBC talks to David Greene about how oil can be a plague on unprepared nations.

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