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Thousands Of Inmates Serve Time Fighting The West's Forest Fires

When there's a wildfire in California, odds are there are low-level offenders battling it. Inmates, trained by pros and making $2 a day, have become a crucial element of the state's wildfire response.

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Amid Smoking Decline, Look Who's Still Lighting Up

Analysts say the merger of Reynolds American and Lorillard is driven by the changing demographics of smoking. But the lower smoking rate masks a more complex and varied pattern of cigarette usage.

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Making The Label Matter: A Record Company's Return From Obscurity

Harvest Records used to be known for having a strong link to the progressive rock sound of 1970s London. After laying dormant for years, the label is back, and looking for a new identity.

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Three Years On, Utah's Immigrant Guest Worker Law Still Stalled
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Facing A Mass-Mailing Deadline, Lawmakers Get Frank Fast
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Tu Fin, Mi Comienzo Ocote Soul Sounds & Adrian Quesada

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Amid Smoking Decline, Look Who's Still Lighting Up
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In Obama's Foreign Policy, Some See Patience; Some See Passivity
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Stormy Weather The Toughcats

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With Prosecutors Circling, Ethics Questions Get Serious For N.Y. Governor
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