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A battle is looming over renewable energy, and fossil fuel interests are losing

Could the growing political clout of renewable-energy interests block legislators' efforts? 

Report calls for death penalty fixes

After the botched Oklahoma execution, a new report recommends better legal representation for defendants in capital cases and reforms to the appeals process.

Public schools are required to accept immigrants — but they keep finding ways not to

Some school districts keep immigrant children out of their schools by asking for parents' Social Security numbers or visa status.

Pennsylvania governor faces an uphill battle for a second term

Is it personality, stance on drilling, cuts to education? What marks Corbett as the incumbent governor most likely to say goodbye in mid-term elections? 

Obama's DEA chief refuses to support drug sentencing reforms

Top drug enforcement official breaks with Attorney General Eric Holder on campaign to reduce drug sentences.

The wealthy’s premium medical care is now available on your phone

With the rapidly changing environment of health care in the United States, new services are cropping up to help people take advantage of the medical coverage they have, like this San Francisco startup whose iPhone app now makes premium health-care services available to more than just the wealthiest Americans.

For Justices, free speech often means ‘speech I agree with’

Study finds justices' behavior regarding free speech affected by ideological preferences

Prayer acceptable at town council meetings, Supreme Court says

The separation of church and state got a bit thinner this week.

“Oklahoma is burning”: Heat ignites temperature records, wildfires in Southern Plains

Unprecedented, record-breaking temperatures stoked multiple wildfires in Oklahoma.