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Widows: Getting Your Kids On Board With The Dating Game

Dating after losing a spouse can come with a world of complications. And if you're a parent, it can be especially hard to explain new relationships to children. Two moms who lost their husbands share how they ventured back into dating and how their children reacted.

Cities On The Brink: Lessons From Detroit

Municipal leaders from across the country are trying to draw lessons from Detroit's bankruptcy. Host Michel Martin speaks with writers David Sirota and Mario Loyola about whether bad politics, or bad luck, got the motor city stuck in neutral.

What's Behind Falling Incarceration Rates?

New statistics show the number of prisoners in the United States continues to fall. So what's behind the new trend, and is it here to stay? Host Michel Martin speaks with Vikrant Reddy from Right on Crime, and Nicole Porter from The Sentencing Project.

Obama Meets With Mideast Negotiators

A White House official called it a "quick check-in." Media reports say the president reminded negotiators to exhibit good will.

Defense Workers' Furlough Days May Be Cut

Tentative plans could reduce 11 days of unpaid leave to as few as six days for civilian workers, The Associated Press reports, citing anonymous sources at the Pentagon.

Doctors Increasingly Ignore Evidence In Treating Back Pain

Some ibuprofen and maybe some physical therapy are all it takes to make most back pain go away. But a study finds that doctors and patients are increasingly turning to fancy scans and opioid painkillers. They typically don't help, and increase the risk of addiction and overdose.

Detroit Neighborhoods Take Matters Into Their Own Hands

In the absence of effective government and services, some Detroit neighborhoods are banding together to provide for themselves.

Move Over, Willy Wonka: Warren Buffett Offers Candy Tour

Warren Buffett is giving away a tour of See's Candy factory in Southern California. Unlike Willy Wonka, though, Buffett is giving the golden ticket to the highest bidder. The proceeds will benefit a nonprofit for schools in Los Angeles.

Missing Class Ring Turns Up 65 Years Later

Richard Diedrich of Illinois lost his high school class ring in 1948. Sixty-five years later, Mike Geiger was using a metal detector in a Wisconsin lake when he found it. Diedrich can't believe he's got his ring again at age 82.

Giant KFC Bucket Not Your Typical Yard Decoration

In Waynesboro, Ga., Aleena Headrick thought she was hallucinating when she saw a huge Kentucky Fried Chicken bucket in her front yard. Turns out, her landlord collects vintage signs and put it there. It quickly became a big draw for gawkers.