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Dozens Of Whales Stranded In Everglades' Shallow Waters

Dozens of whales are stranded in shallow waters of the Everglades National Park.
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Telemundo's 'Highly Unusual' Resurrection of 'El Señor'

Telemundo announced that its telenovela El Señor de los Cielos (Lord of the Skies) will be back for an unheard of second season. This is a radical departure from traditional telenovelas, which have a clear beginning and a definitive ending.
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Military Protester Finds Skeptical Audience At Supreme Court

The First Amendment loomed large at the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, as the justices considered a case testing the rights of protesters in public areas that are part of large military installations. But the justices seemed more comfortable focusing on property easement issues than big constitutional questions.
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Despite Detroit And Illinois Pension Deficits, Cities And States Aren't Bad Off

Public pensions are at risk in both Illinois and in the city of Detroit. In Illinois Tuesday the legislature passed a pension reform bill cutting benefits for retirees. And, also Tuesday, a federal judge gave Detroit the go ahead to slash is public pension and healthcare benefits. Are these examples models for other states and cities with huge budget problems? Alicia Munnell, director of the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, told Robert Siegel that, in fact, Detroit's pension benefits were relatively well funded and were not the primary budget problem.
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Are Settlement With Banks Helping Homeowners?

Banks have granted tens of billions of dollars in mortgage relief through settlements, the latest being JPMorgan Chase, which agreed to provide an additional $4 billion for troubled homeowners. But housing counselors around the country say that not enough has changed, and that the settlements, while a good template, aren't what is making a difference in communities hard-hit by foreclosure.
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Getting Syria's Chemical Weapons Out Of Country Won't Be Not Easy

The deadline for Syria to be cleared of its chemical weapons stockpiles is fast approaching, and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which is in charge of destroying the arsenal, is laying out a plan to get the weapons out of the country so they can be neutralized on ships. Melissa Block talks with Julian Borger, The Guardian's diplomatic editor, about the plan, which he's called a "delicate and unprecedented operation."
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Brazil Suffers Setbacks In Lead Up To World Cup

The World Cup draw happens Friday in Brazil, but the host nation faces a number of challenges before the games start next year. The World Cup body FIFA says three stadia will not be ready by the year-end deadline, a Sao Paulo prosecutor has opened an investigation into possible FIFA racism, and Brazil is facing security concerns in Rio de Janeiro.
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In Guam, U.S. Drops Dosed Dead Mice To Stem Snake Infestation

Brown tree snakes are causing a problem in Guam. And now, efforts being used to reduce the brown tree snake population by using dead mice, a common pain killer and aerial drops. Robert Siegel speaks with Dan Vice, a wildlife biologist with the USDA, for more on this process.
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Obama, After Health Law Distractions, Shifts Focus Back To Income Gap

After two months in a defensive crouch over the botched roll out of his signature health care law, President Obama turned to another topic Wednesday that has preoccupied his administration: the income gap. It has grown wider during Obama's tenure as the country has emerged from the Great Recession. Reversing that trend is a priority for Obama's final three years in office.
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Do Bank Employees' Low Wages Cost The Public?

The labor advocacy organization Committee for Better Banks just released a report that looks at the low, low wages that bank tellers and customer service reps receive, and how that is costing the public money. For more on the report, Robert Siegel speaks with Brigid Flaherty, organizing director of the Alliance for a Greater New York, one of the coalition members of the committee.

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