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A new law that will take effect Jan. 1, will allow Irvis Orozco, 24, a senior studying international relations at the University of California who was brought to the country illegally from Mexico when he was an infant, to receive private financial aid at California’s public colleges.

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Abortion, immigration changes among new 2012 laws

Girls seeking abortions in New Hampshire must first tell their parents or a judge, some employers in Alabama must verify new workers’ U.S. residency, and California students will be the first in the country to receive mandatory lessons about the contributions of gays and lesbians under state laws set to take effect at the start of 2012.


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