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  • Supreme Court Frees 9 States From Voting Laws Oversight
    The Supreme Court struck down part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act by a vote to 5-4 on Tuesday. It essentially shifts the burden of fighting off voting discrimination from the government to minority voters.
  • Voting Rights Ruling By Supreme Court Draws Mixed Reactions
    Voting rights groups and others reacted strongly to Tuesday's Supreme Court ruling that struck down part of the Voting Rights Act. It had required all or part of 15 states to get Justice Department approval for any voting law changes.
  • Tina Brown's Must-Reads: On Media, The People, And Strife
    The editor of The Daily Beast returns to recommend three compelling reads on the topic of the stories media tell about conflict in the world around them — and the surging force of social media, which increasingly sets the storytelling agenda.
  • Happy Ruling For Adoptive Couple, Uncertainty For Baby Girl
    The Supreme Court on Tuesday reversed a ruling in a child's adoption, saying the child, whose biological father is a member of the Cherokee Nation, should not have been taken from her adoptive parents. The court ruled that the federal Indian Child Welfare Act did not apply in the case.
  • Jordan Accused Of Targeting Online Dissent
    It's happened across the Middle East — and now it's happening in Jordan. The country's government has cracked down on news and other Internet sites. A new law requires those sites to be registered with the government and have a member of Jordan's press council on staff. Some are calling it another form of censorship.
  • Belly Dancing For The Dead: A Day With China's Top Mourner
    Banned during the Cultural Revolution, China's ancient funeral practices are re-emerging — but with new twists. One of China's most famous professional mourners creates modern funerals with Chinese characteristics — burning paper money, wailing and prostrating, karaoke eulogies and strobe lights.
  • Sprint Shareholders Approve SoftBank Merger
    Sprint Nextel shareholders have signed off on an offer from Japan's SoftBank to acquire a majority stake in the U.S. wireless carrier. The deal which is expected to be approved by U.S. regulators could bring more robust competition to the U.S. mobile market.
  • Some Tech Companies Find Ways Not To Hire Americans
    Employers looking to hire foreign workers must prove they looked for American workers first. But some immigration law firms show employers how to recruit Americans without actually hiring U.S. workers. This kind of "faux recruiting" is common knowledge in the tech industry.
  • Delta CEO Helps Worried Mom Make Her Flight
    Jessie Frank was a distraught mother who was going to be late picking up her daughter at camp. She was on stand-by in Washington, D.C. for an over-booked Delta Flight to Atlanta. A man offered her his seat, and it turns out it was Delta CEO Richard Anderson. His kindness helped the mom and earned some good PR for the company.
  • Obama's Africa Trip To Focus On Democracy, Investment
    President Obama leaves Wednesday morning for a week-long tour through three African countries. It's his first extended visit to the continent as president. He'll be making stops in Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania.

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