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The US Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a Michigan ban on affirmative action. Opponents and supporters of the ban weighed in after the ruling.

Should powdered alcohol be on the market? Critics say no way.

8:20 pm ET - The product, Palcohol, cleared a federal regulatory hurdle earlier this month, but then the approval was rescinded. Some think the government rethought its decision.

Punishing Putin: Why Pentagon is cool to sanctions on Russian arms firm (+video)

6:04 pm ET - Pentagon officials are quietly resisting possible US sanctions against the Russian arms firm Rosoboronexport, because it also supplies Mi-17 helicopters to the Afghan Air Force.

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Atheists' new plan of attack against Pledge of Allegiance: state courts (+video)

6:02 pm ET - An atheist New Jersey family is saying the phrase 'under God' in the Pledge of Allegiance is a violation of their equal protection under state law. Previously, such lawsuits were filed in federal court.

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Briefing Court halts Oklahoma executions: why lethal injection is now so controversial

5:22 pm ET - The Oklahoma Supreme Court halted two executions over concerns that the state is keeping secrets about its lethal injection drugs. The issue is increasingly urgent for many states.

What's behind Cameron's embrace of 'Christian Britain'?

4:57 pm ET - The British prime minister last week said that Britons should be proud of being a 'Christian country,' provoking a backlash from secularists who prefer a more pluralist society.

Volunteers find scenes of hope, despair at S. Korea ferry site (+video)

10:44 am ET - Volunteers from across Korea are assisting relatives of missing passengers on the capsized Sewol ferry. Many are asking why high-tech Korea couldn't respond more quickly to the disaster.

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USA Update When Obama visits mudslide area in Oso, Wash., what will he find? (+video)

1:20 pm ET - En route to Asia, President Obama stops Tuesday to visit landslide victims' families and first responders in Oso, Wash., which is still in the throes of a massive recovery effort.

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Did the Kremlin just 'unfriend' the founder of Russia's Facebook?

12:56 pm ET - VKontakte founder and CEO Pavel Durov says he was fired over his resistance to Moscow's efforts to monitor and control access to the popular social media platform.

Obama's Asia trip: a balancing act, amid doubts about US resolve (+video)

8:31 am ET - On an eight-day, four-nation tour of Asia, beginning Tuesday, President Obama aims to boost credibility of his US 'pivot' to Asia, while reassuring Beijing that the goal is not to contain China.

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Terrorism & Security String of US drone strikes in Yemen target Al Qaeda affiliate (+video)

9:03 am ET - Yemen says at least 55 militants died in airstrikes over three days. US drone strikes are unpopular in Yemen, but a weak central government has few options to curb Al Qaeda. 

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Why Vice President Biden is visiting embattled Ukraine now (+video)

2:58 pm ET - Vice President Joe Biden's two-day visit aims to signal support for Ukraine's democracy, while nudging the Russians to help de-escalate the crisis with the threat of energy sanctions.

Immigration reform: If Obama moves on his own, how big a political risk? (+video)

8:51 pm ET - President Obama may be ready to ease up on deportations, following reported recommendations under consideration by the Homeland Security secretary. That would please key elements of the Democratic base, but infuriate Republicans. 

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