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Maggie Gallagher has been an outspoken opponent of gay marriage for the past decade. She debated the issue at Saddleback College this month with John Corvino (right), a gay-marriage proponent who is also a personal friend. The Lariat/Robert Cody Shoemake hide caption

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Annie Dookan, a former Massachusetts crime lab chemist, is accused of falsifying evidence in as many as 34,000 cases. The state's criminal justice system is now reeling as former defendants are challenging their convictions and hundreds have already been released. Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Bernie McDaid keeps a framed photo of his meeting with Pope Benedict by his front door. "It was a tough moment," McDaid says. Tovia Smith/NPR hide caption

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Attorney Rick Gray, representing more than 400 districts mostly in poorer areas of the state, is congratulated Monday in Austin following a ruling in a consolidated six-lawsuit case contending the school finance system violates the Texas Constitution. Eric Gay/AP hide caption

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Dr. Tom Nary is the director of health services at Boston College. Tovia Smith/NPR hide caption

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Colleges Try To Curtail Flu Risk For Students

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In this courtroom sketch, James "Whitey" Bulger and his girlfriend, Catherine Greig, are arraigned in a federal courtroom in Los Angeles in 2011. Bill Robles/AP hide caption

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'Whitey' Bulger's Lawyers Want Judge Off The Case

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Joseph Kennedy III, son of former Rep. Joseph Kennedy II and grandson of the late Robert F. Kennedy, delivers his victory speech on Nov. 6 in Newton, Mass. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/AP hide caption

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First Of Shooting Victims Buried In Newtown, Conn.

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Day To Get Longer At Some Low-Performing Schools

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