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Confederate Flag Bill Advancing in South Carolina Senate

24/7 News Source - A bill that would remove the Confederate battle flag from the grounds of the South Carolina state capitol is past a key vote in the state Senate.

The bill survived a second reading today by a vote of 37-3. That's more tha

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Dan McCready/TSM

Senate Removes Insurance Surcharge From Headlights Law

BOSTON (AP) _ The Massachusetts Senate has voted to join the House in softening the impact of the new state law that requires motorists to turn their headlights on whenever they are operating their windshield wipers.

Under a stat

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Jim Phillips / TSM - Social Workers protest caseload

Local Social Workers Demand More State Funding

Social workers in the Greater Fall River area held the first in a series of statewide pickets, spreading awareness of what they say is an underfunded field.

Members of SEIU Local 509 gathered in Fall River Tuesday, calling on the State Senate to increase the number of social workers by adding $29 million to the Department of Children and Families budget

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Peter Marovich / Bloomberg via Getty Images

Update: House Passes One-Week Funding Bill For DHS

Update:  The U.S. House of Representatives passed a one-week funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security late Friday night.  President Obama signed the measure just before midnight.

(Earlier Story)

:  It's back to the drawing board as a short-term bill funding the Department of Homeland Security has fallen short in the House

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Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Republicans Settle In On Capitol Hill

Optimistic Republicans assumed full control of Congress on Tuesday for the first time in eight years in a day of pomp, circumstance and raw politics beneath the Capitol Dome.

Before the new Congress was two hours old, a veto showdown with President Barack Obama was set as the White House announced he would reject legislation approving the long-stalled Keystone XL pipeline, which Republicans intend to advance

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Greg Desrosiers/TSM

Keating Making Final Strides Before Election Day

With election day only a few days away, candidates are making their final strides before voters head to the polls.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren
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Senator Elizabeth Warren Photo: Andrew Harrer / Getty Images

Warren, Markey Oppose Funding Syrian Rebels

Democratic U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey are opposing President Barack Obama's request to train and arm Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic state militants.

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Senate Approves Funding Of Syrian Rebels

Legislation to arm Syrian rebels is on its way to the White House after passage by the Senate.

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Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Patrick Signs Abortion Clinic Security Bill

Gov. Deval Patrick has signed a bill designed to tighten security around abortion clinics in Massachusetts.

Wednesday's signing comes a little more than one month after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a 2007 state law that established a protest-free 35-foot ``buffer zone'' around the entrances to abortion clinics

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Joe Scarnici/Getty Images

Senate Votes Volleyball As Massachusetts Official Team Sport

Massachusetts lawmakers are serving up a special honor for the sport of volleyball.

The Senate voted unanimously on Tuesday for a bill designating volleyball _ which was invented in 1895 at a YMCA in the city of Holyoke _ as the state's official ``recreational and team sport

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