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Judge’s Ruling on Gulf Oil Spill Lowers Ceiling on the Fine BP Is Facing

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 7:33pm
The ruling puts the potential fine at several billion dollars less than feared, and estimates the size of the worst offshore spill in U.S. history at 3.19 million barrels.
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Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Your Free Speech, and Mine

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 7:30pm
An enlightened society should be able to take the punch of satire and ridicule, even coarse satire and savage ridicule.






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Battle Over Deportation as Republicans Try to Roll Back Obama Immigration Policies

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 11:58am
Republicans want to restore a program called Secure Communities that led to deportations for immigrants arrested for minor offenses.






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Holder Urges Better Data for Shootings Involving Police

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 11:53am
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. called for improved tracking of the number of times law enforcement officers are shot at or fire their weapons, as part of a trust-building effort.






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Motherlode Blog: Skipping School for Vacation: Good for Families, or Bad for Students?

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 10:54am
I’m a parent. I have taken my children out of school for family events and other trips. I am also an educator, and I have seen the havoc these absences can wreak on students and their teachers.






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2016 Hopefuls Keep Their Distance From Republican Leaders

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 10:35am
A kind of political free agency, surfacing before the new Senate has passed a single bill, poses an early test for the party as it looks to expand its power and prove it can govern.






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Warning Signs Overlooked in Hiring for New York City Jails

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 10:35am
More than one-third of people that the city’s Correction Department recently hired had problems that should have disqualified them or needed further scrutiny, the Department of Investigation found.






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Oklahoma to Resume Executions, 9 Months After a Lethal Injection Went Awry

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 7:05am
The state has replaced equipment and procedures, but some experts say a sedative it plans to use may not put inmates into the deep coma needed to avoid pain.






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Incomes and Outcomes: Trying to Solve the Great Wage Slowdown

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 2:00am
An international commission, describing income stagnation as a defining challenge, offers proposals meant to influence the political debate.






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Defense Contractor Scheduled to Change Plea in Navy Bribery Case

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 12:29am
Leonard Glenn Francis is set to appear at a change-of-plea hearing on Thursday in federal court in San Diego. He previously pleaded not guilty to conspiracy in the case.






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The New Health Care: Signs of a Decline in Financial Distress Connected to Medical Bills

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 12:01am
A major goal of the Affordable Care Act was to improve the financial security of previously uninsured people. A new survey suggests this is happening.






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U.S. Moves Five Yemenis From Guantánamo

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 11:16pm
The transfers came one day after several Republican senators proposed legislation that would place a moratorium on the release of most of the prisoners held at Guantánamo.






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Under New Agreement, U.S. Will End Oversight of the Teamsters in Five Years

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 11:03pm
The federal government and the Teamsters union have agreed to replace a consent decree that has governed union affairs for more than a quarter-century with a settlement that would phase out court supervision of its activities, prosecutors said.






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Iran Charges, and Will Try, Jason Rezaian, Washington Post Reporter

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 10:51pm
Iran’s official news agency said that Mr. Rezaian would be tried in a Revolutionary Court, although it did not specify the charges against him.






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Phil Africa, of Black-Liberation Group Move, Long in Prison, Dies at 59

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 10:50pm
Mr. Africa, who was serving a 30- to 100-year sentence for killing a police officer, was in prison at the time of Move’s best-known episode, a 1985 siege that ended when the state police dropped a bomb, touching off the worst fire in Philadelphia’s history.






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Republican Convention Set Earlier Next Year

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 10:49pm
The party’s presidential nominating convention in Cleveland will be held a month or more earlier than usual, giving the nominee more time to use general election money.






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National Briefing | New England: Massachusetts: Request to Delay Bombing Trial Is Refused

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 9:15pm
A federal judge in Boston on Wednesday refused to delay the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the defendant in the Boston Marathon bombings.






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National Briefing | South: Florida: Man Gets 20-Year Sentence for Trying to Aid Terrorists

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 9:11pm
A 21-year-old man accused of conspiring to aid Al Qaeda and traveling to the Middle East to join terrorist groups was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in prison, the United States Attorney’s Office in Jacksonville said.






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Obama Plans to Push Paid Family and Sick Leave for Workers

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 9:07pm
President Obama plans to urge Congress to pass a bill allowing workers to earn up to seven paid sick days a year and creating a fund to help states pay for family leave.






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C.I.A. Officers Are Cleared in Senate Computer Search

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 9:01pm
The findings overturned the conclusions of the C.I.A. inspector general, who determined last year that five officers acted improperly when they searched files used by the Senate Intelligence Committee during its investigation of C.I.A. interrogations.






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