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Incredibly Shrinking Avocados: Why This Year's Fruit Are So Tiny

California's crop of Hass avocados — those green fruit essential for guacamole — usually weigh a half-pound or more. But this year's avocados are the smallest in memory — some barely bigger than an egg.
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First Look At New Al Jazeera America Network

The news channel Al Jazeera America launches on Tuesday. The company has been snapping up high-profile journalists, but it has to debunk the idea that Al Jazeera is a "terrorist" network. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks to the New York Times media reporter Brian Stelter.
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Obamacare Raises Concerns About Doctor Deficit

As the Affordable Care Act goes into effect, more people are expected to have access to health insurance. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks about the need for more doctors in low-income communities and an effort to train more physicians of color. She hears from Dr. Wayne Frederick, Chief Academic Officer at Howard University.
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The U.S. Defense Contractors That Benefit From Aid To Egypt

The U.S. provides around $1.3 billion in annual aid to the Egyptian military. A good deal of that money actually goes to U.S. defense contractors that provide hardware and services for Egypt's army. Here's a list of the companies receiving the biggest contracts.
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California Upends School Funding To Give Poor Kids A Boost

In a new approach, California is sending billions more to districts that serve disadvantaged students. Now, those districts have to figure out what works best to improve achievement.
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University Pages: LinkedIn Launches New College Profiles

The professional connections site LinkedIn launches a new section of its social network Monday, as University Pages targets young people who want to connect with colleges. More than 200 schools are already on the network, says LinkedIn, which also dropped its minimum age, to 14 in the U.S.
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Redheads Flock To Portland For World Record Attempt

More than 1,300 people with red hair gathered in Portland, Oregon, over the weekend, which the city hopes is a new world record. To qualify, participants had to produce pictures of their younger selves and their naturally red hair.
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What Do You Do When Your Cable TV Goes Out?

Here's one thing not to do: call 911. Police in Fairfield, Conn., had to remind residents Sunday night that a cable drop-out is not "an emergency or a police-related concern." They added that misusing the 911 system can result in arrest.
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U.S. Family Of Ill Prisoner Wants North Korea To Release Him

American citizen Kenneth Bae has spent nearly 10 months imprisoned in North Korea. That's longer than any other American held there in recent years. Bae was recently moved to a hospital for ailments related to diabetes, an enlarged heart and liver problems. Bae's family says the situation is more urgent than ever.
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Members Of Congress Urged To Cut Aid To Egypt

The U.S. has been unable to do much to reduce the violence in Egypt. President Obama canceled upcoming joint military exercises, and says the administration is looking at other options, perhaps affecting the $1.5 billion in military aid the U.S. provides Egypt each year. For more insight, Renee Montagne talks to Nathan Brown, a scholar of Middle East politics with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and George Washington University.

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