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Environmentalists Rejoice: Court Says Land Regulation Doesn't Go 'Too Far'

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Are State Rules For Treating Sepsis Really Saving Lives?

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President Trump To Cut Regulations By '75 Percent' — How Real Is That?

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Vowing To Roll Back Regulations, Trump Faces Uphill Task

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A coal scraper machine works on a pile of coal at American Electric Power's Mountaineer coal power plant in 2009 in New Haven, W.Va. The state, in which coal mining is a major industry, is one party planning to sue the Environmental Protection Agency regarding new power plant regulations announced Monday. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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New Power Plant Rules Likely To Start Slow-Burning Debate, Legal Action

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Want to get your teeth whitened? You may soon have more options. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a state board of dentistry unfairly drove competitors out of business by trying to block non-dentists from providing whitening services. Vince Bucci/Getty Images hide caption

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New Texas Governor Adds To Tension Between State, City Governments

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The FDA is expected to determine whether e-cigarettes should be regulated like tobacco products later this month. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Listen To Melissa Block's Coverage Of The E-cigarette Industry

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