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    Bank Of America Reports $6.2 Billion Profit

    Though the number is huge — $6.2 billion — this morning's third-quarter profit news from Bank of America is generating a lot of "yeah, but" analyses.

    As in:

    -- "It booked that profit largely on selling a bunch of assets and an accounting bonus to account for the declining value of its debt." (The Wall Street Journal)

    -- "The quarter's results were skewed by one-time pretax gains including $4.5 billion in fair-value adjustments of structured liabilities, $3.6 billion from selling a stake in China Construction Bank Corp. and $1.7 billion tied to changes in value of the company's debt." (Bloomberg Businessweek)

    -- "Stripping out a litany of exceptional items, from a $3.6 billion gain due to the CCB stake sale to a $4.5 billion boost from an accounting rule that allows banks to book a profit on the falling value of their own debt, BofA's businesses produced a loss." (The Financial Times)

    The bank's recent announcement of plans to charge many customers $5 a month if they make purchases with their debit cards has not gone over well with some folks, including President Obama.

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    Poetry Behind Bars: The Lines That Save Lives — Sometimes Literally

    Words Unlocked, a poetry contest for juveniles in corrections, has drawn more than 1,000 entries. Its judge, Jimmy Santiago Baca, says it was a poetry book that helped him survive his own prison term.
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    When It Came To Food, Neanderthals Weren't Exactly Picky Eaters

    During the Ice Age, it seems Neanderthals tended to chow down on whatever was most readily available. Early humans, on the other hand, maintained a consistent diet regardless of environmental changes.
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    Trump And Cruz Campaign At California GOP Convention

    The remaining Republican presidential candidates have been making their case at the party's state convention. Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler explains the divisions on display among Republicans.
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    'The Guardian' Launches New Series Examining Online Abuse

    A video was released this week where female sports journalists were read abusive online comments to their face. It's an issue that reaches far beyond that group, and The Guardian is taking it on in a series called "The Web We Want." NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with series editor Becky Gardiner and writer Nesrine Malik, who receives a lot of online abuse.

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