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Obama Launches Task Force To Combat Sexual Assault

At the White House on Wednesday, President Obama's Council on Women and Girls presented its report on sexual assault, calling it an epidemic especially on college campuses. The report claims that one in five women will experience a sexual assault in their lifetimes. Only 12 percent of victims actually report it, though.
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Syrian Peace Talks Open With Bitterness And A Bit Of Hope

The long-anticipated Syrian peace conference commenced on Wednesday in Montreux, Switzerland. The opening day marked the first time Syrian government and opposition members came together in the same room. Each side blamed the other for the three years of bloodshed in Syria. NPR's Deborah Amos offers a recap and analysis of the day's events from Switzerland.
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English Only? For Mainland Puerto Ricans, The Answer Is Often 'Yes'

Puerto Ricans are less likely to speak Spanish at home, compared with other Latinos living in the U.S. According to an NPR poll, only 20 percent of Puerto Ricans speak Spanish at home — less than half the percentage for respondents overall.
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This Pebble Is Stirring A Whole Lot Of Controversy In Alaska

Political lines are being drawn in Alaska over the proposed Pebble Mine, a hugely controversial project to build an open-pit gold and copper mine in the Bristol Bay watershed. The watershed is one of the last unspoiled salmon fisheries in the world. The state's Democratic senator, Mike Begich, is in a tough re-election race this year, and he's just come out against the mine. But the mine's proponents complain that environmentalists — and the EPA — are prejudging a project that hasn't even applied for formal permits yet.
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The Future Of Your Doctor's Office

As technology costs rise and billing and electronic records become more complicated, many doctors find it hard to afford the costs of remaining independent. We speak with doctors and health care professionals about the future of the doctor's office.

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Future Of Virginia's Gay Marriage Ban

In a sharp reversal of his predecessor's legal position, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring says the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional and wants to see it end.

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High Point, NC Police Fight Crime Family Intervention Style

The city of High Point, North Carolina has seen a dramatic reduction in violent crime. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with High Point Police Chief Marty Sumner about the strategies he's using, and why other cities are turning to High Point for advice.
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MTV's Public Service Message: Teen Moms

MTV's two teen-mom reality shows have been criticized for glamorizing teenage mothers, but a new study shows they've led instead to a significant drop in births to teenage girls.

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What's At Stake In The Syrian Peace Conference

With the Syrian civil war still raging, a peace conference opens in Switzerland that will include some but not all of the factions involved in the fighting. A breakthrough looks like a long shot.
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In Op-Ed, Jeffrey Argues For U.S. To Do More In Iraq

The death toll in Iraq this month is nearly 700 and rising — the result of a wave of bombings and open clashes between government-led Iraqi security forces and Sunni extremists with ties to al Qaida. Steve Inskeep talks to former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq James Jeffrey, who says the U.S. should be doing more in Iraq.

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