President Obama signs the Fair Sentencing Act in 2010, as Attorney General Eric Holder and a bipartisan group of senators look on.
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April 21, 2014

Obama Seeks Wider Authority To Release Drug Offenders

Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday that the Obama administration is formulating new rules that would give it, and the president, far more latitude to pardon or reduce the sentences of thousands of drug offenders serving long federal prison sentences.


In this Dec. 31, 2013, file photo, partygoers smoke marijuana during a Prohibition-era themed New Year's Eve party at a bar in Denver, celebrating the start of retail pot sales.
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April 20, 2014

State Legislation Hints At Marijuana Legalization

Last year, Illinois approved medical use of marijuana after years of debating the issue. The state could be closer to following the lead of some other states that have given the ok to recreational use.


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Wal-Mart is promising to drive down the prices of organic food by bringing in a new company, WildOats, to deliver a whole range of additional products.
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April 19, 2014

Can Wal-Mart Really Make Organic Food Cheap For Everyone?

It could be another milestone in organic food's evolution from crunchy to commercial: Wal-Mart, the king of mass retailing, is promising to "drive down organic food prices" with a new line of organic food products. The new products will be at least 25 percent cheaper than organic food that's on Wal-Mart's shelves right now.


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A relative sits in a gym in South Korea to await news.
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April 19, 2014

Captain Apologizes As Death Toll Rises In S. Korea Ferry Accident

Divers searching a sunken South Korean ferry have found three more bodies, bringing the number of victims to 32. Since the ship sank Wednesday, difficult conditions have complicated recovery efforts; heavy cranes have arrived that can shift the ferry, but officials say they'll wait to use them until they're sure none of the hundreds still missing managed to survive.


Foellinger Auditorium on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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April 18, 2014

U Of I: Illinois Pension Overhaul Had Costly Mistake

The University of Illinois Board of Trustees has told President Robert Easter to work with other state schools and lawmakers to prevent a wave of retirements brought on by Illinois’ pension reform law.


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