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Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is applauded by lawmakers as he signs the state's gun control bill into law at the Capitol in Denver on Wednesday, March 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, Pool)

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** FILE ** Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is applauded by lawmakers as he signs the state's gun-control bill into law at the Capitol in Denver on Wednesday, March 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, Pool)

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**FILE** Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat, speaks Feb. 25, 2013, with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat, speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 5, 2013. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Dr. Thomas R. Frieden of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention testifies on Capitol Hill in this Nov. 4, 2009, file photo. (The Washington Times)

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Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is caught between two cultural currents: his state’s longtime Western tradition of gun ownership, and the recent push for public safety in the wake of two notorious mass shootings. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat, speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 5, 2013. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat, speaks Feb. 25, 2013, with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat, speaks Feb. 25, 2013, with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press)

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More than half of the nation's dogs are overweight, which comes as a surprise to many well-meaning owners. (image from Dr. Ernie Brown)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS A study commissioned by the Pentagon and Veterans Affairs recommending a smoke-free military has drawn strong reactions.

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The Xenex "robot" uses pulse xenon to deliver UV light throughout patient rooms, operating rooms (ORs), equipment rooms, emergency rooms, intensive-care units (ICUs) and public areas to destroy viruses, bacteria and bacterial spores in just 5-10 minutes per room. (Photo: Business Wire)

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**FILE** Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, accompanied by Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, speaks Feb. 20, 2013, about the federal health care overhaul during a news conference at City Hall in Philadelphia. (Associated Press)

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Dr. Ben Carson is slated to appear as a featured speaker at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in mid-March. (Courtesy Dr. Ben Carson)

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The ban on MSM (men who have have sex with men) donations was established because in the early stages of the AIDS epidemic, during the 1980s, a major share of cases involved transmission by blood transfusion. Now such cases are rare — less than 1 percent of all new HIV infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Associated Press)

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Colorado State Senator Steve King speaks at the podium during a debate period on gun control bills before the Colorado Legislature, at the State Capitol, in Denver, Friday March 8, 2013. Colorado Senate Democrats advanced an expansion of background checks on firearm purchases as part of a package of bills responding to the shootings in Aurora and Connecticut. (Associated Press)

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Colorado State Sen. Steve King speaks at the podium during a debate period on gun control bills before the Colorado Legislature, at the State Capitol, in Denver, Friday March 8, 2013. Colorado Senate Democrats advanced an expansion of background checks on firearm purchases as part of a package of bills responding to the shootings in Aurora and Connecticut. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter speaks March 1, 2013, during a news conference regarding the automatic spending cuts at the Pentagon. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter speaks March 1, 2013, during a news conference regarding the automatic spending cuts at the Pentagon. (Associated Press)

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“You’re using the money twice. You’re providing cuts that you’re now telling me are used to pay down the sequester,” said Sen. Jeff Sessions to Sen. Patty Murray of Washington. (Associated Press)