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Nature And Design Meet In Lautner's Modern Homes

An artist with an idyllic childhood might be as rare as a house with walls made of air, but both play a part in the story of architect John Lautner. Aesthetically influenced by his Northern Michigan upbringing, Lautner's designs have been featured in several films, including The Big Lebowski.
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Deconstructing A Skyscraper

In her new book, The Heights: Anatomy of a Skyscraper, author Kate Ascher sheds light on the infrastructure and services that make life and work possible in a modern skyscraper. She examines everything that goes into designing, building and maintaining these towering buildings.
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Kansas City Cashes In On A Big-Time Sports Bet

The Missouri river town spent $300 million on a glass-encased sports arena that no big-league pro sports team calls home. Four years later, Sprint Center ranks as America's fifth-busiest arena, with visitors ranging from Lady Gaga to Elmo, from college hoops to Cirque du Soleil.
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Assessing National Cathedral's Damage After Quake

Guy Raz talks to Joseph Alonso, head stonemason at the Washington National Cathedral, about the damage the building suffered from the Aug. 23 earthquake.
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At NYC's Chelsea Hotel, The End Of An Artistic Era?

Some of the most creative thinkers of the 20th century lived, worked and played at the Chelsea. Now, the building has been sold and just a handful of longtime residents remain. Still, it is a building with a "life force," says 20-year resident Scott Griffin.
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Study: Thousands Of Immigrant Women Forced Into Marriage

A new study finds 3,000 cases of young immigrant women being forced into marriage — across 47 U.S. states — and it suggests the issue is dramatically underreported. Those who refuse can face threats of violence, ostracism from their families, and financial repercussions that can lead to homelessness. Yet, advocates say there is very little legal recourse in this country.
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Who Will Pay To Fix That Bridge In Ohio?

President Obama will visit the Brent Spence Bridge, which runs between Ohio and Kentucky on one of the nation's busiest trucking routes, to push his jobs creation plan next week. Officials estimate it will cost $2.4 billion to reconfigure the bridge. The question remains: Who will pay?

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