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Arizona Hispanics Poised To Swing State Blue

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Sex trafficking wasn't a major concern in the early 1980s, when Beth Jacobs was a teenager. If you were a prostitute, the thinking went, it was your choice.

Jacobs thought that too, right up until she came to on the lot of a dark truck stop one night. She says she had asked a friendly-seeming man for a ride home that afternoon.

Jacobs says he gave her something in an old McDonald's cup — a drug — and as she was waking up the man announced that he was a pimp. Her pimp.

The Boston Citgo sign, all 3,600 square LED feet of which has served as the backdrop to Red Sox games since 1965, is now officially a "pending landmark."

Spanish Surrealist Salvador Dalí spent much of the 1940s in the U.S., avoiding World War II and its aftermath. He was a well-known fixture on the art scene in Monterey, Calif. — and that's where the largest collection of Dalí's work on the West Coast is now open to the public.

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In Partisan Vote, Senate Committee OKs Ban On Assault-Style Weapons

Mar 14, 2013
Originally published on March 14, 2013 11:18 am

By a 10-8, party-line vote with Democrats in favor and Republicans opposed, the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday moved legislation that would revive the ban on assault-style weapons that expired in 2004.

The vote, while expected, remains noteworthy because it is among a handful of legislative responses so far to the mass shootings in recent years — most notably the Dec. 14 attack on an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., that left 20 children and six educators dead.

The bill, sponsored by Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, now goes to the full Senate — where it is not expected to get enough support to pass. The ban also lacks support in the Republican-controlled House.

Earlier this week, the Judiciary Committee — also on a party-line vote — approved a bill that would expand background checks of gun purchasers to sales between private parties. Last week, the committee voted 11-7 for a bill that would make gun trafficking a federal crime carrying long prison terms. Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa was the sole Republican supporter.

The Committee members:

Democrats

-- Patrick Leahy of Vermont (chairman)

-- Feinstein

-- Charles Schumer of New York

-- Richard Durbin of Illinois

-- Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island

-- Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota

-- Al Franken of Minnesota

-- Christopher Coons of Delaware

-- Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut

-- Mazie Hirono of Hawaii

Republicans

-- Grassley (ranking minority member)

-- Orrin Hatch of Utah

-- Jess Sessions of Alabama

-- Lindsey Graham of South Carolina

-- John Cornyn of Texas

-- Michael Lee of Utah

-- Ted Cruz of Texas

-- Jeff Flake of Arizona

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