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NBA player makes history by coming out as gay

The NBA's Jason Collins made history yesterday by coming out as gay - the first time an NBA player has done so while still actively playing.

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Report: Food on American tables costs a life a day

The food on your dining table comes at a particularly high price, and we don't mean in dollars and cents; we mean in lives.

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FOX-y move? Koch brothers may buy major U.S. newspapers

The far-right billionaire Koch brothers are reportedly seeking to buy The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, and five other daily newspapers.

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Detroit needs emergency action, not an emergency manager

Detroit is far from the only community feeling the shock of the economic crisis.

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Social Security advocate says bigger cost-of-living raises needed

Nancy Altman told lawmakers that instead of considering how to cut the cost of living adjustments, Social Security should adopt an alternative inflation measure.

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Students strike vs. standardized tests, school closings (with video)

High school students went on strike today, refusing to participate in the second day of standardized testing.

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Tar sands refinery expanding just south of Chicago

A Chicago Earth Day rally protested construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and the threat tar sands oil poses to freshwater, air and climate. It was one of scores of actions held across the country.

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Texas fertilizer plant failed to heed disclosure rules

The tragic April 17 explosion at the fertilizer plant in West, Texas was, in part, a product of a severe lack of accountability and oversight by its company, West Fertilizer.

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Senate immigration bill: big advances, real dangers

Numerous groups are working out their point-by-point analyses of the Senate bill, which is more than 800 pages long.

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Obama's student loan plan: Short-term gains, no solutions

With the economy still "depressed" and student debt at an all-time high, policymakers and students should be discussing reforms to the way interest rates are calculated.

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