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A look at ways California courts made changes in tough times

- Associated Press

California's court system is still trying to recover from $1 billion in budget cuts during the recession that forced layoffs and courthouse closures across the state. During that time, as people were forced to wait longer for their day in court, several court administrators and judges established innovative measures to improve access or make courts more efficient.

Drive to repeal medical device tax no slam dunk in Congress

- Associated Press

It flew through the Republican-run House in 2012, and a year later 79 of the Democratic-led Senate's 100 members embraced it. With Republicans now controlling both chambers of Congress, the chances for repealing the 2.3 percent tax on medical devices are better than ever.

National groups ask states to follow W.Va. energy law repeal

- Associated Press

After West Virginia legislators voted to delete a law that counts burning tires and some coal as alternative fuels, national small government groups are turning the uncontroversial repeal into a rally cry to remove more stringent energy standards in other states.

Nickerson High has a new 'star': its 3-D printer

- Associated Press

Strange noises can be heard coming from Robert Taverner's classroom at Nickerson High School. They're robotic, sprite-like, digital and sometimes a little hokey.

Leahy praises FCC's redefinition of broadband

Associated Press

Vermont U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy is praising a decision by the Federal Communications Commission to upgrade significantly the definition of broadband Internet service.

President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, calling for an investment to move away from one-size-fits-all-medicine, toward an approach that tailors treatment to your genes.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais )

Obama calls on Congress to fund 'precision medicine' studies

- Associated Press

Holding out the promise of major medical breakthroughs, President Barack Obama on Friday called on Congress to approve spending in medical research that tailors treatment to an individual's genes.