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Stephanie George got a life sentence for drug crimes at age 26, a punishment that troubled the judge who sent her away. Now, after 17 years and a White House commutation, George tries to rebuild.

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English teacher and roller derby queen Elle L. Cool Jam, aka Nina Park, plays offense and defense on the track and in her classroom.

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The former Florida governor announces that he will "actively explore" a 2016 run for the Republican presidential nomination

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Congress passed no laws addressing the minimum wage, tax reform, trade or immigration this year. But judged by the low recent standards, lawmakers got light applause from economists.

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Researchers are struggling with how to balance the benefits and risks of genetic experiments that can give viruses new talents for causing infections.

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