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Stories for March 31, 2013

Living Memories From The Last Days Of Alcatraz

March 31
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Fifty years ago, the notorious prison of Alcatraz shut its gate behind guard Jim Albright as he escorted the last inmate off the island on March 21, 1963.

A New Search For 9/11 Victims' Remains

March 31
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About 60 dump trucks full of debris from the fallen World Trade Center will be sifted for victims' remains beginning Monday. The debris was collected for the past two and a half years from construction sites in the neighborhood.

Texas District Attorney, Wife Found Dead At Home

March 31
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The FBI, Texas Rangers and local police are investigating the killings of a Texas district attorney and his wife, who were found dead on Saturday. The slayings come two months after an assistant district attorney for the same county was shot dead in a parking lot a block from his office.

Immigration Reform Gets One Step Closer To A Bill

March 31
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A final deal on an immigration overhaul is at hand but still incomplete, according to two of the bipartisan "Gang of Eight" senators collaborating on it.

Two Of Four: Syracuse, Wichita State Headed To Atlanta

March 31
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Syracuse and Wichita State won their games on Saturday to become the first two teams to make it to the Final Four this season, one step closer to the NCAA men's basketball title.

Cause Of Exxon Oil Spill In Arkansas Under Investigation

March 31
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Authorities are investigating what caused an Exxon Mobil pipeline to rupture in Mayflower, Ark., Friday. The oil spill caused 22 homes to be evacuated, according to an Exxon statement.

Defending Champion Baylor To Battle Cardinals' Tough Defense

March 31
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The NCAA women's basketball tournament's Sweet 16 round continues Sunday, with No. 1 overall seed Baylor taking on No. 5 University of Louisville. Baylor is the defending national champion, and is widely considered the team to beat in this tournament.

Coming Out: A Gay Mormon Navigates Family, Faith And Sexuality

March 31
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Jamison Manwaring says he wants marriage and kids -- but that will be difficult for him because he's a gay Mormon.