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  • NRA Task Force Issues Plan For School Safety
    Right after the school shootings in Newtown, Ct., last December, lots of people wondered: What more can we do as a nation to safeguard our children at school? To answer that question, the National Rifle Association appointed a task force. The result? A 225 page proposal that's likely to add fuel to the debate over guns and school safety.
  • Colo. Gun Laws Offer Inspiration, Cautionary Tale For Obama
    The president is trying to regain traction for federal gun control measures by visiting states that are moving forward on their own. Today he speaks in Colorado, where public outrage in the wake of mass shootings helped propel new legislation — and where opponents are promising political payback.
  • Accused Cheaters In Atlanta Scandal Surrender
    Thirty-five educators were to turn themselves in Tuesday after they were indicted in a cheating scandal in Atlanta. They are accused of altering students' answers and falsely certifying test results so schools would appear to be performing better than they were.
  • Is Caroline Kennedy Qualified To Be U.S. Ambassador To Japan?
    President Obama is expected to name Caroline Kennedy, daughter of former President John F. Kennedy, ambassador to Japan. The job has been critical to U.S. trade and business interests with the world's third largest economy. But Kennedy has no prior experience in government or business.
  • Auto Industry Stalls In Japan
    Toyota, Honda and other Japanese automakers are doing just fine in the U.S. Sales have rebounded, buoyed by a weaker yen and the usual lineup of reliable cars. In the home market of Japan, however, the car makers are struggling.
  • Restaurants Take Risks For Big Rewards At Phoenix Airport
    One of the busiest airports in the country is in the midst of a major upgrade that will bring local restaurants into a space typically reserved for mega-corporate chains. Nearly two dozen Phoenix culinary landmarks have landed space at Sky Harbor. But there is a cost. Rent at the airport is 10 times more expensive in some cases, and some small businesses have gone into a lot of debt to get their foot in the door.
  • N.Y. State Senator Caught Up In Bribery Probe
    Six politicians, including state Senator Malcolm Smith and a New York City councilman, were arrested Tuesday on charges of trying to buy a spot for Smith on the ballot in this year's New York City mayoral race. Smith has said he is innocent.
  • In South Jersey, New Options For Primary Care Are Slow To Take Hold
    Residents of an apartment building in Camden, N.J., racked up more than $1 million a year in hospital admissions and trips to the ER over about a decade. In response, a community group opened a doctor's office on the ground floor. But at first, residents weren't as eager to go as doctors had hoped.
  • Eurozone's Jobless Rate Hits Record High
    The jobless rate in the eurozone hit 12 percent for the first two months of the year. That's the highest unemployment has been in the eurozone since the euro currency was introduced in 1999.
  • Jay-Z Delves Into Sports Management
    Rapper Jay-Z is expanding his business empire. His newest company, Roc Nation Sports, is teaming with one of Hollywood's top talent agencies to provide sports management services.

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