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National Edition News cover for February 18, 2014 - DHS official used private eye to spy on future PA Gov. Rendell: Emails between Christian Marrone and his boss, then-Pennsylvania state Sen. Vincent Fumo, which suggest hiring a private eye to spy on renovations at one of then-Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell's homes to see if he was using non-union workers.

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Gary Casteel, right, a regional director for the United Auto Workers, stands near as Frank Fischer, the chairman and CEO of the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., discusses workers' vote against union representation on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. The 712 to 626 vote is a devastating blow to the union and its efforts to organize other Southern plants run by foreign automakers. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)

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United Auto Workers President Bob King speaks to the media after workers at a Volkswagen factory voted against union representation in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Friday, Feb. 14, 2104. The 712 to 626 vote is a devastating blow to the union and its efforts to organize other Southern plants run by foreign automakers. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)

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Retired circuit judge Sam Payne, foreground, announces that Volkswagen employees voted to deny representation by the United Auto Workers union as Frank Fischer, Chairman and CEO of the Volkswagen Group of America, left, and Gary Casteel, UAW Region 8 Director, look on from behind, concluding a three day election which ended this evening Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, in Chattanooga, Tenn. (AP Photo/Chattanooga Times Free Press, Dan Henry) THE DAILY CITIZEN OUT; NOOGA.COM OUT; CLEVELAND DAILY BANNER OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT

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Frank Fischer, the chairman and CEO of the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee, left, and Gary Casteel, a regional director for the United Auto Workers, hold a press conference at the Chattanooga, Tenn., facility on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, after an announcement that workers at the plant rejected representation of the union. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)

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Gary Casteel, a regional director for the United Auto Workers, discusses the union's loss in a union election at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. The 712 to 626 vote is a devastating blow to the union and its efforts to organize other Southern plants run by foreign automakers. (AP Photo/Chattanooga Times Free Press, Dan Henry) THE DAILY CITIZEN OUT; NOOGA.COM OUT; CLEVELAND DAILY BANNER OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT

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Frank Fischer, Chairman and CEO of the Volkswagen Group of America, left, speaks on behalf of the company after it was announced that Volkswagen employees voted to deny representation by the United Auto Workers union, as Gary Casteel, UAW Region 8 Director, looks on from behind, concluding a three day election which ended this evening Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, in Chattanooga, Tenn. (AP Photo/Chattanooga Times Free Press, Dan Henry) THE DAILY CITIZEN OUT; NOOGA.COM OUT; CLEVELAND DAILY BANNER OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT

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Gary Casteel, right, a regional director for the United Auto Workers, stands near as Frank Fischer, the chairman and CEO of the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., discusses workers' vote against union representation on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. The 712 to 626 vote is a devastating blow to the union and its efforts to organize other Southern plants run by foreign automakers. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)

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Gary Casteel, a regional director for the United Auto Workers, discusses the union's loss in a union election at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. The 712 to 626 vote is a devastating blow to the union and its efforts to organize other Southern plants run by foreign automakers. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)

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FILE - This Feb. 12, 2014 file photo shows President Barack Obama signing an executive order to raise the minimum wage for federal contract workers during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Most Americans with intellectual or developmental disabilities remain shut out of the workforce, despite changing attitudes and billions spent on government programs to help them. Even when they find work, it’s often part time, in a dead-end job or for pay well below the minimum wage. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

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This photo taken Feb. 10, 2014 show Matthew McMeekin, along with his mother, Bebe McMeekin, posing for a photograph at their home in Bethesda, Md. Most Americans with intellectual or developmental disabilities remain shut out of the workforce, despite changing attitudes and billions spent on government programs to help them. Even when they find work, it’s often part time, in a dead-end job or for pay well below the minimum wage. McMeekin, 35, of Bethesda, Md., has spent 14 years working at Rehabilitation Opportunities Inc., a nonprofit sheltered workshop where he and other disabled workers are bused each workday to stuff envelopes, collate files or shrink-wrap products _ all for far less than the state minimum wage of $8.25 an hour. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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This photo taken Feb. 10, 2014 shows Matthew McMeekin, poses for a photograph at his home in Bethesda, Md. Most Americans with intellectual or developmental disabilities remain shut out of the workforce, despite changing attitudes and billions spent on government programs to help them. Even when they find work, it’s often part time, in a dead-end job or for pay well below the minimum wage. McMeekin, 35, of Bethesda, Md., has spent 14 years working at Rehabilitation Opportunities Inc., a nonprofit sheltered workshop where he and other disabled workers are bused each workday to stuff envelopes, collate files or shrink-wrap products _ all for far less than the state minimum wage of $8.25 an hour. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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This photo taken Feb. 10, 2014 shows Matthew McMeekin getting off a bus at his home in Bethesda, Md. as he returns from work. Most Americans with intellectual or developmental disabilities remain shut out of the workforce, despite changing attitudes and billions spent on government programs to help them. Even when they find work, it’s often part time, in a dead-end job or for pay well below the minimum wage. McMeekin, 35, of Bethesda, Md., has spent 14 years working at Rehabilitation Opportunities Inc., a nonprofit sheltered workshop where he and other disabled workers are bused each workday to stuff envelopes, collate files or shrink-wrap products _ all for far less than the state minimum wage of $8.25 an hour. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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FILE - In this July 31, 2012 file photo, an employees at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., works on a Passat sedan. A three-day election on whether workers will be represented by the United Auto Workers union concludes on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig, file)

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FILE - In this July 31, 2012, file photo, robotic arms weld the interior of a Volkswagen Passat sedan at the German automaker's plant in Chattanooga, Tenn.. A three-day election on whether workers will be represented by the United Auto Workers union concludes on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig, file)

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FILE - In this July 31, 2012, file photo, an employee works on a Passat sedan at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. A three-day election on whether workers will be represented by the United Auto Workers union concludes on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig, file)

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In this Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 photo, Marie Cadet poses for a photo at her home in Miami. Cadet, 54, a licensed practical nurse, often works double shifts at a rehab facility to make ends meet for herself and her 12-year-old daughter. She was paying more than $150 a month on health insurance through her employer, with a $3,000 deductible, but she often didn't know if she would be able to make the payments, not to mention the additional $80 a month to cover her blood pressure medicine. After choosing a plan from the new health insurance marketplace, Cadet's monthly payment dropped to $86 a month, with the government kicking in $300. Her deductible fell to a more affordable $900. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)