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Prison for Former Illinois Rep. Jackson Jr. and Wife

Updated: 08/14/2013 - A federal judge has sentenced former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. to 30 months in prison, following his guilty plea that he engaged in a scheme to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items.

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Appeals Court: Obama Violating Law on Yucca Site

Posted: 08/13/2013 - A federal appeals court says the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has been violating federal law by delaying a decision on a proposed nuclear waste dump in Nevada.

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Nevada Board Okays More Funding for Mental Health

Posted: 08/13/2013 - A state board has endorsed pumping another $3 million into Nevada mental health services to increase bed capacity and reduce wait times for criminal defendants ordered to undergo evaluations.

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Board Okays Final Deal in Comped Meals Settlement

Posted: 08/13/2013 - A state board has approved the final piece of a settlement to end a decade-long legal fight over taxation of free meals provided by casinos to patrons and employees.

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Kerry, Israeli PM Discuss New Settlements

Posted: 08/13/2013 - Secretary of State John Kerry says he thinks it would be better if Israel did not make settlement announcements while peace talks are under way, but he doesn't think they threaten the second round of talks Wednesday in Jerusalem.

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San Diego Mayor Responds to Recall Effort

Posted: 08/13/2013 - San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is challenging a recall effort by touting city progress during his term - an indication that he has no intention of resigning.

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Solar, Geothermal Energy Touted at Vegas Summit

Posted: 08/13/2013 - The Obama administration's top land official praised a geothermal electricity project in California's snow-capped mountains as an example for others during a headline appearance at a green energy conference in Las Vegas.

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Brown Signs Transgender Student Bill

Posted: 08/12/2013 - California has become the first state to enshrine certain rights for transgender K-12 students in state law, requiring public schools to allow those students access to whichever restroom and locker room they want.

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San Diego Mayor Asked to Respond to Recall Effort

Posted: 08/12/2013 - San Diego's beleaguered mayor is facing a deadline to respond to organizers of a recall effort who say he needs to leave office after more than a dozen women alleged he made unwanted advances or inappropriate statements to them.

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Obama to Sign Student Loan Deal Keeping Rates Low

Posted: 08/09/2013 - Students heading back to college this fall will save thousands in interest charges on their loans after they graduate once President Barack Obama signs into law a rare bipartisan compromise.

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Future Voting Pondered at Presidential Panel

Posted: 08/08/2013 - Western elections officials have shared a slate of proposals for nationwide consideration with a presidential commission touring the country looking for ways to improve voting. Among them: allowing voters to print ballots at home like airline boarding passes, or to skip traditional precincts for weekend voting at vote centers.

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Obama: Terror Threat Requires 'Every Precaution'

Posted: 08/07/2013 - President Barack Obama says the threat of an imminent terrorist attack against Americans is, in his words, "significant enough that we're taking every precaution."

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Former NV Assemblyman Pleads Not Guilty in CA

Updated: 08/06/2013 - Former Nevada Assemblyman Steven Brooks pleaded not guilty in Southern California to felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from a police chase and confrontation in March.

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Mace Announces Bid for US Senate Seat in SC

Posted: 08/03/2013 - The first woman to graduate from The Citadel has announced her plans to challenge U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham in the Republican primary in 2014.

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Democratic Governors Nervous About Health Plan

Posted: 08/03/2013 - Democratic governors say they are nervous about getting the new federal health care law implemented on time. But they add they'll be better positioned in next year's elections than many of their Republican counterparts who have resisted the far-reaching and politically polarizing measure.

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