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Democratic Party leaders are giving serious consideration to conducting do-over presidential primaries in Florida and Michigan by using the US Postal Service to distribute and collect ballots. The Democratic National Committee has said, however, that it won't pay for a mail-in primary, which could cost millions of dollars. The DNC stripped the two states of all their convention delegates for holding their primaries too early, but officials in both states want to avoid disenfranchising large numbers of voters.

Ridership on public transportation rose 2.1 percent in 2007 to 10.3 billion trips, the highest level in 50 years, the American Public Transportation Association announced Monday. Light rail (modern streetcars and trolleys) enjoyed the greatest increase: 6.1 percent.

Anti-immigrant activism has fueled a significant rise in hate crimes and hate groups that target Latinos, according to a report released Monday by the Southern Poverty Law Center. It cites FBI statistics showing 819 people were victimized by anti-Latino hate crimes in 2006, 38 percent more than in 2003.

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