A dried-out lawn is seen in the city of Glendora, east of Los Angeles, this week. About 58 percent of California is now under the most extreme drought conditions, a new report says. Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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This statue is located in Utah's Capitol building, beneath a mural of Brigham Young and the first Mormon pioneers traveling out west. "Utah is a place that understands the value of immigration," says Utah's speaker of the House, Becky Lockhart. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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Three Years On, Utah's Immigrant Guest Worker Law Still Stalled

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A corn purchaser writes on his account in northwest China in 2012. In November 2013, officials began rejecting imports of U.S. corn when they detected traces of a new gene not yet approved in China. Peng Zhaozhi/Xinhua/Landov hide caption

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Tobacco giant Reynolds American is buying Lorillard and acquiring Newport, a popular menthol cigarette. In a shrinking market, Newport is one of the few U.S. brands gaining market share. It is particularly popular among African-American smokers. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Amid Smoking Decline, Look Who's Still Lighting Up

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CIA Director Apologizes For Meddling In Senate Computers

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Facing Conservative Opposition, House Republicans Nix Border Bill Vote

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Star Witness Steps Up To The Stand In McDonnell's Corruption Trial

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is surrounded by the media in Freeport, N.Y., on Wednesday, Cuomo was on Long Island to announce a new program to help victims of Superstorm Sandy but ended up fielding questions about the Moreland Commission. Frank Eltman/AP hide caption

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

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President Obama announced new economic sanctions against Russia at the White House on Tuesday. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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In Obama's Foreign Policy, Some See Patience; Some See Passivity

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Members of Congress are racing to take advantage of "franking" privileges, which allow them to replace postage with their signature. They are not allowed to use franking within 90 days of an election. iStockphoto hide caption

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Facing A Mass-Mailing Deadline, Lawmakers Get Frank Fast

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Emir Dunn, an inmate firefighter stationed at the Chamberlain Creek Conservation fire camp in California, at work on a fire. About 4,000 inmate firefighters battle blazes across the state. Adam Grossberg/KQED hide caption

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

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An Israeli Merkava tank near the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip border in southern Israel, on Thursday. The Pentagon confirms that Israel tapped a U.S. weapons stockpile for tank rounds. Debbie Hill/UPI/Landov hide caption

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