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  • Supreme Court To Decide Health Care Law's Fate
    An unprecedented three days of Supreme Court hearings on the constitutionality of President Obama's health care law have concluded. Wednesday's proceedings had sessions in the morning and the afternoon, taking on two separate questions related to the law.
  • Former MF Global Exec Takes 5th At Hearing
    Members of the House Financial Services Committee were hoping assistant treasurer Edith O'Brien would shed some light on the actions of the firm's CEO, ex-New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine.
  • New Evidence In High-Profile Shaken Baby Case
    Shirley Ree Smith, who was convicted of killing her 7-week-old grandson, faces a return to prison. But an investigation by NPR, ProPublica and PBS Frontline has found documents that raise new questions about the autopsy that sent her there.
  • The Lobbyist Behind Florida's Stand Your Ground Law
    The murder of Trayvon Martin has shone a spotlight on Florida's law that authorizes the use of deadly force in self-defense. The law has been widely cited as the reason why shooter George Zimmerman has not been arrested. Marion Hammer is one of the most powerful lobbyists in Florida, and has helped to make the law a reality in the state.
  • Influential Poet Adrienne Rich Dies At 82
    The Oxford Anthology of Modern American Poetry described Adrienne Rich as "one of the most widely read and influential poets of the second half of the 20th century." Rich died Tuesday at her home in Santa Cruz, California, at the age of 82. She suffered from rheumatoid arthritis and macular degeneration.
  • Bluegrass Legend Earl Scruggs Has Died
    The iconic banjo player, who played with Bill Monroe and Lester Flatt, developed a picking technique which defined the sound of bluegrass music. His "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" won two Grammy awards and made the banjo bluegrass' star instrument.
  • Nationwide Strike Begins In Spain
    The strike is targeting the transportation sector, and it's possible that air travel will be shut down almost completely. Union members are protesting a major labor overhaul bill that's being pushed by the conservative government.
  • EU Deal Expected To Lower Mobile Roaming Fees
    European officials have agreed to overhaul mobile roaming fees. That would allow consumers to pay less for calls, texts and mobile web services when traveling abroad. Consumer advocates are urging the EU to go further, and eliminate roaming fees altogether.
  • National Trend 'Mobs' Local Businesses With Cash
    In a "flash mob," hundreds of people invade a public space to do something in unison. But a "cash mob" adds a mission to that idea. All over the country, crowds of people are being organized on social media sites to invade mom-and-pop stores at a specific day and time to spend money locally.
  • Nike Sues Reebok Over Jet's Tebow Jerseys
    The row over Tebow, comes after his recent trade to the New York Jets. Until the beginning of the month, Reebok was the licensed seller of official NFL gear. But Nike paid more than $1 billion for the rights to the new contract which goes into effect next month. Nike says Reebok should only be allowed to sell the old inventory when Tebow was with the Broncos.

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