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Helping Deaf Fans Feel The Music, Too

For most people, attending a concert is all about hearing the sounds of a live performance. But sign language interpreter Holly Maniatty makes concerts an experience for the hearing impaired too. She's worked with performers like Jay-Z, Bruce Springsteen, Phish and the Wu Tang Clan.
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Escalating Violence In Syria Kills More Than 300 In 10 Days

Syrian air force helicopters are dropping "barrel bombs" on rebel-held parts of Aleppo. Meanwhile, rebel forces are battling control of an industrial town just north of Damascus, where there have been reports of gruesome sectarian attacks.
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Crocker: Assad Is 'Brutal Beyond Belief' But Better Than Rebels

Ryan Crocker, who served as U.S. Ambassador to Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, recently advocated in a New York Times op-ed for U.S. engagement with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Crocker thinks Assad is not going anywhere soon and the U.S. should act accordingly. Robert Siegel talks to Crocker about what he thinks U.S. policy toward Syria should be.
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In Little Town Of Bethlehem, U.S. Aid On Display At Christmas Market

Christmas is the high season in Bethlehem. The traditional birthplace of Christ is the biggest tourist attraction in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. And this holiday season, the U.S. Agency for International Development donated almost $400,000 to bolster the festivities.
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With Schisms In Both Parties, Midterms Will Offer Key Test

The ongoing war within the Republican Party pits the old-line forces of the establishment against the rising Tea Party populists, and while Democrats have seemed more united in recent years, they have schisms brewing between factions as well. Who manages these dynamics better may decide many of the close statewide races of 2014.
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As World Cup Looms, Qatar's Migrant Worker System Faces Scrutiny

More than 85 percent of the people who live in Qatar are not citizens. Most are foreign workers who can face harsh conditions that are coming under increasing scrutiny as the emirate undergoes a building boom in advance of the 2022 World Cup.
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New Law Opens Birth Certificates, Sparks Questions

A new law lets adopted people in Ohio see their original birth certificates — but opponents say it comes at a cost to the birth parents. Guest host Celeste Headlee takes on the topic with law professor Carol Sanger, birth mother Jodi Hodges, and advocates Adam Pertman and Betsie Norris.
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Al-Qaida Group Admits 'Mistake And Guilt' For Botched Raid

Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula says one of its fighters disobeyed orders and targeted a hospital during an attack on Yemen's Defense Ministry complex.
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An Unusual Call To Quash Ga. Judicial Nominees

In an unusual move, a group of politicians and community leaders in Atlanta is urging President Obama to withdraw some candidates nominated to sit on the bench in the Northern District of Georgia. The group says the candidates aren't diverse and some are racially insensitive.
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The Extraordinary Story Of Why A 'Cakewalk' Wasn't Always Easy

We call something that is easily done a "cakewalk." But why? The surprising answer dates back to a dance popular among slaves and plantation owners in the pre-Civil War South.

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