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LA County Sheriff Lee Baca launched his Education-Based Incarceration program earlier this year. Nick Ut/AP hide caption

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Sheriff's Program Teaches Prisoners To Get Out Of Jail

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Sarah Palin (center) stands with the Wasilla, Alaska, City Council for a portrait in 1998. In 1992, then-Mayor John Stein recruited Palin as a moderate counterweight to the growing anti-government, anti-tax movement. By 1996, Palin challenged Stein in the race for mayor — and won. Heath Family/AP hide caption

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Years Ago, Sarah Palin Was Recruited As A Moderate

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No Joke: China Bans Smoking

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After Floods, Nashville Proud Of Model Recovery

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Shaken Faithful Seek Comfort Of Destroyed Ala. Church

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Obama also offered to show his live birth video at the White House Correspondents Association Dinner Saturday night, which turned out to be a clip from the Disney film, The Lion King. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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Roast Trump Served At White House Dinner

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Who Will Rise To The Top Of The GOP Ticket?

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Tibetan's New Leader Won't Replace Dalai Lama

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Pope John Paul II's Legacy Includes Tragic Flaws

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John Paul II's Beatification A Step Closer To Sainthood

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Gadhafi Son's Death: A New NATO Mission?

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Jon Huntsman, the outgoing U.S. ambassador to China, briefs reporters in November 2009. If Huntsman joins the field of presidential candidates, he may have a difficult time explaining to Republican primary voters why he worked for a Democratic president. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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Jon Huntsman: A Political Path, Paved With Detours

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Soldiers escort 14-year-old Edgar Jimenez Lugo, also known as "El Ponchis," after his arrest in the city of Cuernavaca, Mexico, last December. Jimenez is suspected of working as a killer for a drug cartel and confessed to participating in four beheadings. Antonio Sierra/AP hide caption

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War Turning Mexican Kids Into Targets, Killers

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