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WIGGLE ROOM: President Obama is willing to give states the opportunity to opt out of parts of the health care law. (Bloomberg)

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Michael G. Vickers, assistant secretary of defense for special operations, said the Pentagon was not the appropriate agency to assess economic warfare and financial terrorism risks. (Associated Press)

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to the Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday. The 27-nation bloc agreed on sanctions against Libya. (Associated Press)

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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office building in Alexandria, Va., has a contemporary look, but Senators trying to update the patent system say it's stuck in the 1950s and needs to catch up with 21st-century technology. A bipartisan bill to reform the system is headed for Senate debate. (Associated Press)

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Jay Johnson, who works for an AIDS advocacy and service organization in Philadelphia, took part in one of the studies testing gene therapy as a possible new way to treat and perhaps someday to cure HIV infections. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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In a Feb. 25, 2011 photo, Dr. Pablo Tebas, left, and Jay Johnson pose for a photograph at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Tebas is leading a study testing gene therapy as a possible new way to treat and perhaps someday to cure infection with the AIDS virus. Johnson, who works for an AIDS advocacy and service organization in Philadelphia, took part in one of the studies. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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Missouri state Rep. Eric Burlison says his compact proposal isn't health care reform, but rather "governance reform."

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Abortion doctor-turned-pro-life activist Dr. Bernard Nathanson, seen here in February 2000, died last week at 84. (The Washington Times)

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President Obama prepares to salute as he steps off the Marine One helicopter at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. On Capitol Hill, lawmakers are waiting for him to engage in the spending-cuts debate. (Associated Press)

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“We don't know the cost of the health care bill or how many people they're going to hire,” says Rep. Dave Camp, Michigan Republican. (Associated Press)

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The lobby of the headquarters of pharmaceutical company Wyeth in Madison, N.J. The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, that a federal law bars lawsuits against drug makers over serious side effects from childhood vaccines. The vaccine was made by Wyeth, now owned by Pfizer, Inc. (AP Photo/Mike Derer, file)

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Constructed with more than 70 percent high-tensile-strength steel to enhance structural strength without adding a lot of weight, the Kia-engineered body achieves high torsional stiffness, benefiting handling, ride quality and refinement.

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HOLD THE KNIFE: Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates warns of a "crisis" for military readiness if deeper budget cuts are made. (Associated Press)

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FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2009 file photo, Chris Viehbacher CEO of Sanofi-Aventis SA, gestures while announcing the 2008 full year result in Paris. French drug maker Sanofi-Aventis SA has agreed to buy Genzyme Corp. in a sweetened all-cash deal that values the U.S. biotechnology company at $20.1 billion Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, ending months of corporate haggling. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, file)

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott announces his new budget during a tea party event in Eustis, Fla., on Monday, Feb. 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

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Mary Sullivan adopted Roger on the condition that she would not have him declawed. She said she regrets having the procedure performed on another cat, who "was in agony the whole time" before he died. (Associated Press)

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In this , Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011 photo Andrei, a 2-year-old HIV-positive boy in the Ukrainian city of Cherkassy hides his face in his hands as his mother Yelena, 33 embraces him in Cherkassy, Ukraine. Ukraine has Europe's worst AIDS epidemic _ and it risks getting much worse because of drug supply cuts blamed on government corruption and official harassment of AIDS groups and HIV-infected drug users, health experts warn. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

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Former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson has pleaded not guilty to a series of charges stemming from a corruption investigation. (Associated Press)

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This Jan. 2011 picture provided by the Kessler Foundation shows Dr. Jordan Grafman in West Orange, N.J. The director of the Traumatic Brain Injury Research Laboratory at the Kessler Foundation Research Center says brain rewiring - scientists call it plasticity - is driven by what a patient is learning and experiencing. (AP Photo/Kessler Foundation, Joan Banks-Smith)

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People use computers at an Internet cafe in Fuyang, in central China's Anhui province, on March 12, 2010. (Associated Press)