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Maryland Lawmakers Propose Bill To Help Wounded Warriors

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Two local members of congress are using the power of the legislature to create a so-called "Hotels for Heros" program to help military families. The bill, sponsored by Maryland Senator. Ben Cardin and Representative. Dutch Ruppersberger would expand a program which already enables travelers to donate frequent-flier miles to military families.The expansion would extend the program to hotel stays.

The idea is to give families of wounded servicemen a place to stay when they visit during recovery.

The Fisher House Foundation -- which administers the program -- says it has provided 25,000 airplane tickets to injured service members and their families, with a total value of nearly $40 million.

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Book Review: 'In Praise Of Hatred'

Alan Cheuse reviews the novel In Praise of Hatred, by Khaled Khalifa. The book, which was recently translated to English, features a young Muslim girl in 1980s Syria.
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Fast-Food CEOs Earn Supersize Salaries; Workers Earn Small Potatoes

A new report finds that the average compensation of fast-food CEOs has quadrupled since 2000. By comparison, worker wages have increased less than 1 percent.
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Green GOP Group Caught Between 'Rock And A Hard Place'

On Earth Day 2014, it wasn't easy being an environmental organization in the Republican Party. The big donors who write checks aren't much interested in the environment.
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Online Sales Taxes Shift Consumer Behavior, Study Shows

Some states have enacted so-called Amazon taxes, forcing the giant online retailer to collect sales taxes the same way traditional stores do. In those states, Amazon's sales fell about 10 percent.

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