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Tomas Young, Iraq War Veteran And Activist, Dies At 34

A vocal critic of the Iraq war and the Bush administration has died. In 2004, Army veteran Tomas Young deployed to Baghdad, where a bullet left him paralyzed. Young passed away at his home in Seattle.
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Civil Rights Pioneer John Doar Dies At 92

John Doar, a former top Justice Department attorney who fought to desegregate the South during the Civil Rights movement, died on Tuesday. He was 92.
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Anti-Poverty Groups Prepare For Battles With New Congress

They've been fighting to maintain government spending for social services during a tough economy. In January, they'll face an all-Republican Congress, and the likelihood of steeper cuts has increased.
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Yankees Look For Ways To Unload Alex Rodriguez

Steve Inskeep talks to ESPN sportswriter Pablo Torre about how Major League Baseball and the New York Yankees might respond to new reports of steroid use by star player Alex Rodriguez.
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Supreme Court Case Seeks Source Of Alabama Gerrymandering

The court is being asked to decide whether a 2010 state legislative redistricting in Alabama overloaded some districts with black Democrats on the basis of race or party.
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John Doar Remembered As A Civil Rights Pioneer

A top civil rights lawyer for the Justice Department in the turbulent 1960s, John Doar made his mark fighting racial discrimination. He was 92.
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Ferguson, Mo., Anxiously Awaits Michael Brown Grand Jury Decision

The jury could hand down its decision in the teen's death as early as this weekend, and both protesters and authorities are preparing for that moment.
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The Prosthetics Industry Gets A Human Touch

The prosthetics industry is rapidly growing, allowing patients to better customize their devices, control them using their nervous system, and even regain a sense of touch.
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Communities Struggle To Reach Homeless Students Living In The Shadows

More than 1 million public school students in the U.S. don't have permanent homes. Most live doubled up with family or friends, but many live in motels, emergency shelters, campgrounds — even cars.
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Vet's Self-Cooling Prosthetic Could Help Amputees Beat The Heat

An Iraq war veteran has developed a better artificial leg with a cooling fan. Gary Walters says most prosthesis don't release heat, causing many amputees to stop wearing them.

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