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Consumers Faced With 'Amazon Tax' Shopped Elsewhere

Monica Chavez packs up a box at an Amazon.com fulfillment center in Phoenix. The company's sales declined in states where it much charge taxes. hide caption

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All Tech Considered

Consumers Faced With 'Amazon Tax' Shopped Elsewhere

A study shows that state laws forcing the online retailer to collect taxes resulted in a 10-percent drop in sales. The winners, but not by much, were other online retailers and brick-and-mortar operations.

Army Vs. National Guard: Who Gets Those Apache Helicopters?

An airborne Apache attack helicopter takes off above a Black Hawk helicopter from the South Carolina Army National Guard base in Eastover, S.C., in 2007. The Army is planning to move all the National Guard's Apache helicopters to the regular Army, a move opposed by many in the Guard. hide caption

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National Security

Army Vs. National Guard: Who Gets Those Apache Helicopters?

The Army plans to take all Apache attack helicopters from the National Guard. The Guard considers that an insult. But Army leaders say it's not personal; it's just about saving money.

Who Are Nepal's Sherpas?

A truck carries the body of Ankaji Sherpa during a funeral rally in Katmandu, Nepal, on Tuesday. Ankaji Sherpa died last week in the avalanche that killed at least 13. hide caption

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Parallels - World News

Who Are Nepal's Sherpas?

Members of this Nepalese community are renowned for their climbing skills and remarkable endurance at high altitudes. They are paid well by local standards, but it's a job fraught with risk.

High Court Upholds Michigan's Affirmative Action Ban

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette speaks to reporters after arguing the case before the U.S. Supreme Court in October. He's with XIV Foundation CEO Jennifer Gratz, who was a plaintiff in a lawsuit against the University of Michigan's affirmative action policy. hide caption

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Law

High Court Upholds Michigan's Affirmative Action Ban

By a 6-2 vote, the Supreme Court upheld a voter-approved measure in Michigan that banned the use of race or gender in deciding admissions to the state's public universities.

'Forcing The Spring' Tells One Chapter In Story Of Marriage Equality

In her new book, Forcing the Spring, investigative reporter Jo Becker goes behind the scenes in the fight for marriage equality. Above, Eric Breese of Rochester, N.Y., joins hundreds of others to rally outside the Supreme Court during oral arguments in a case challenging the Defense of Marriage Act on March 27, 2013. hide caption

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Author Interviews

'Forcing The Spring' Tells One Chapter In Story Of Marriage Equality

The strategy of going to the Supreme Court to challenge Proposition 8 was controversial within the gay-rights movement. Now, Jo Becker's new book is proving to be controversial as well.

Out Of Clout: States Brace For Washington Power Outage

Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., the longest-serving member of Congress, is celebrated by colleagues, including Vice President Biden, on Capitol Hill in June 2013. A former chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Dingell, now 87, announced in February that he will retire after this term. hide caption

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It's All Politics

Out Of Clout: States Brace For Washington Power Outage

A handful of states are about to lose decades of clout and seniority in Congress. Which one will be hardest hit of all? Michigan.

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