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At Americas Summit, Allies Nudge U.S. To Change

At a summit of leaders from across the Americas held in Colombia, President Obama emphasized that the U.S. would not shift strategies in the war on drugs. His administration had, in recent weeks, faced criticism from some presidents who said the U.S. approach to the drug trade had simply generated more violence in Latin America.

5 Dead After Tornadoes Swirl Through Midwest And Plains

The midsection of the U.S. was wracked by storms and tornadoes overnight, with the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center forecasting more severe weather to come. Five deaths have been confirmed in northwest Oklahoma, the state’s Department of Emergency Management tells NPR.

Agreement reached with Iran on formal nuclear talks in May

ISTANBUL — Opening a new chapter in their long, stormy relationship with Iran, the United States and five other major powers agreed Saturday to sit down with the Tehran government in six weeks for formal talks aimed at ensuring that its nuclear program will not lead to nuclear weapons.

Fracking concerns raised over N.C. homes sold without underground rights

Bert Garrido, a Florida transplant who bought a $400,000 home last year in upper Chatham County, is already having neighbor tensions in his newly adopted state. His concerns are of the sort that have never been experienced in North Carolina, and dovetail with this state’s contentious debate about fracking.

Romney Flashback: Poor Mothers Should Be Required To Work Outside The Home Or Lose Welfare

In case it wasn’t already clear that last week’s controversy over stay at home moms was entirely manufactured, this should put the question to bed.

Georgia Farmers Face Another Worker Shortage Because Of Harmful Immigration Law

As soon as Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) signed a harmful immigration bill into law last year, farmers saw an immediate exodus of thousands of skilled immigrant farm workers. Without enough workers, millions of dollars in crops rotted in the fields because there was no one to harvest them. Officials suggested that farmers could turn to the H2A guest worker program to hire temporary pickers, but that has not worked out for many farmers.

9th And 10th Companies Drop ALEC

Reed Elsevier — a personal information provider (of services such as Lexis-Nexis) — and American Traffic Solutions — a provider of traffic technology solutions — have become the 9th and 10th companies to drop ALEC.

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