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Homes in Pacific, Mo., are surrounded by floodwaters on Wednesday. A rare winter flood threatened nearly two dozen federal levees in Missouri and Illinois on Wednesday as rivers rose, prompting evacuations in several places. Jeff Roberson/AP hide caption

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Thousands Evacuated As Floodwaters Rise In The Midwest

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Immigration Activists Hope To Maintain Momentum For Reform

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Puerto Rico Faces Uncertain Future Amid Debt Crisis

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Fight Over Control Of Western Lands Heats Up In Congress

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Top Ben Carson Staffers Resign Amid Campaign Makeover

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Bill Cosby Lawyer Says Charges Are Politically Motivated

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Record Water Levels Shut Down Miles Of Mississippi River

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Though congressional leaders and the president have said passing sentencing reform is a priority, there are only a few months to pass legislation before lawmakers begin a series of breaks and before the presidential campaign intensifies. Just One Film/Getty Images hide caption

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Despite Bipartisan Effort, Window To Pass Sentencing Reform May Be Closing

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A federal rule requiring background checks doesn't apply to some of those doing business online and at gun shows, like this one put on by the National Rifle Association in April in St. Louis. Changing that exception is one idea that has been floated to the president. Jeff Roberson/AP hide caption

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