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Public Opinion May Give Russia An Edge In Snowden Case

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden remains in diplomatic limbo in the transit zone of Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport, an irritant to Russian President Vladimir Putin. He has little sympathy for Snowden, but doesn't want to appear to cave in to U.S. demands for his return.
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Emergency Summit On Urban Violence Opens In Chicago

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus hosted a day-long meeting on guns, youth and gang violence in Chicago. They plan to hold forums in New Orleans and Baltimore, and take a list of solutions to urban violence to Washington.
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Pie-Deprived New Orleans Roots For Bakery, A Year After Fire

Eating a Hubig's fried fruit pie has been a ritual for decades for the local food-obsessed in New Orleans. But a year ago, a fire destroyed the baking facility and much of its custom machinery from the 1920s. Rebuilding is a long and expensive road, but fans are eagerly awaiting the bakery's comeback.
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50 Years On, Research On Sex Can Still Be A Lightning Rod

Virginia Masters, who died this week at age 88, pioneered the rigorous scientific study of sex. Even though the field has gone mainstream, scientists say they can still run into trouble with Congress and advocacy groups for choosing to look into sexual behavior and biology.
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Trayvon Martin's Mother Finds New Role As An Activist

Sybrina Fulton, mother of slain teen Trayvon Martin, is moving from the role of grieving parent to full-blown advocate. On Friday, Fulton spoke to the Urban League convention, where thousands are gathered. Meanwhile, a juror in the case is saying defendant George Zimmerman "got away with murder."
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Cleveland Kidnapper Pleads Guilty, Avoiding Death Penalty

The Cleveland man accused of kidnapping three women and holding them captive in his home has pleaded guilty to hundreds of charges in exchange for dodging the possibility of the death penalty. Ariel Castro's plea means there won't be a trial and the city of Cleveland can try move beyond his gristly crimes.
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The Yankees Want Him Out But Alex Rodriguez Wants To Stay

The New York Yankees and their star slugger Alex Rodriguez are embroiled in a very public dispute over his future. The Yankees want him gone, but Rodriguez says he's ready to play.
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San Diego Mayor Headed To Treatment After Harassment Claims

The mayor of San Diego, Bob Filner, says he's taking a leave of absence from his job to go into treatment. Over the past several days, numerous women have come forward with allegations of sexual harassment. Robert Siegel speaks with reporter Sandhya Dirks of member station KPBS in San Diego.
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Halliburton Pleads Guilty To Destroying Oil Spill Evidence

Halliburton has admitted to destroying evidence in the Deepwater Horizon case. The company pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and will pay a $200,000 fine.
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Replacing Ben Bernanke Is A Delicate Task

Senate Democrats are asking President Obama to nominate Janet Yellen as the next Federal Reserve Chairman. A letter signed by more than 50 senators is being viewed as an attempt to derail the candidacy of former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers.

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