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The 'Shot Heard 'Round The World' Echoes Once More

The Boston Red Sox and the Atlanta Braves failed to make baseball's playoffs this week, succumbing to late-season collapses. To some, the swoons brought echoes of 60 years ago, when the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants were vying for the postseason.
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Deadly Insurgents With Ties To U.S. Dollars

The Haqqani Network operates in eastern Afghanistan, where it carries out bombings and kidnappings. It was also blamed for the recent bombing at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. New York Times reporter Mark Mazzetti says the network finances its activities partially through extortion money it receives from U.S.-funded contractors in Afghanistan.
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Grammy Winner Audra McDonald: Say Yes To Yourself

Audra McDonald has been dazzling audiences for more than a decade with her stunning soprano voice. She has won Grammy and Tony awards, and has starred in stage classics and the TV drama, 'Private Practice.' She's now part of a controversial new interpretation of Gershwin's American opera, 'Porgy & Bess.' She speaks with Michel Martin about her latest show and upcoming concert tour.
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The Trouble With Health Problems Near Gas Fracking

Many people who live close to gas drilling sites complain of serious illnesses. But there are few concrete data to help explain why they're getting sick. Investigative reporter Abrahm Lustgarten says weak industry regulations also make it hard to establish a clear connection between gas drilling and health effects.
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'Lean Startup' Advice: Think Big, Start Small

Many people have ideas for businesses, says entrepreneur Eric Ries. "But it's hard to know which [ideas] are the brilliant ones," he says, "and which are the crazy ones." The best young companies, he says, figure it out quickly.
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The 'Worm' That Could Bring Down The Internet

As many as 12 million computers worldwide have been infected with a highly encrypted computer worm called Conficker. Writer Mark Bowden details how Conficker was discovered, how it works, and the ongoing programming battle to bring down Conficker in his book Worm: The First Digital World War.
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The Greedy Battle For Iraq's 'Hearts And Minds'

In 2009, Peter Van Buren joined a team working to rebuild Iraq's infrastructure and economy. For the next year, he encountered comically misguided projects, greedy contractors and oblivious bureaucrats. In his new book, We Meant Well, he recounts the ground-level waste and corruption he saw.
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The Rapid Rise Of America's Man In Kandahar

Just 33, Gen. Abdul Raziq is the acting police chief of Afghanistan's volatile Kandahar province. He was a key figure in the U.S. military's "surge" operation last year. But Raziq, a former warlord, has also been linked to abuses of power, including an alleged massacre, according to a new article in The Atlantic.
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Turkey's Erdogan Blasts Syria, Israel

The Turkish prime minister says Syria's Bashar Assad has become "increasingly aggressive and violent." Recep Tayyip Erdogan also reiterates his demand that Israel apologize for the deadly raid at sea that killed nine Turks last year.
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'Moneyball': Tracking Down How Stats Win Games

In 2002, the Oakland A's made history, winning 20 games in a row to set a new American League record. In Moneyball, writer Michael Lewis goes behind the scenes and explains how the A's used statistics and analytics to compete with teams with much bigger payrolls.

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