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Listeria Outbreak Still Haunts Colorado's Cantaloupe Growers

The contaminated fruit that killed 33 people and sickened at least 147 others in 2011 came from a farm 90 miles from Rocky Ford, Colo. But the town's many melon farmers took a huge hit nonetheless, and are still trying to convince the public their cantaloupes are safe.
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Determined To Reach 1963 March, Teen Used Thumb And Feet

In August 1963, Robert Avery of Gadsden, Ala., was 15 and active in the civil rights movement. He and two friends were bent on participating in the March on Washington, but with little money, they had no choice but to hitchhike — on Southern roads that could be dangerous for segregation opponents.
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Cory Booker Wins N.J. Special Democratic Primary For U.S. Senate

The Newark mayor won the Democratic nomination for a U.S. Senate seat Tuesday, setting up an Oct. 16 special election in New Jersey against Republican Steve Lonegan, the winner of Tuesday's primary on the GOP side.
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DOJ Suit Seen Delaying, Not Killing Big Airline Merger

The Justice Department's opposition to the merger of US Airways and American Airlines stunned industry analysts, but many predict the $11 billion deal will eventually win approval. Some industry watchers see the government's lawsuit as a tactic to force American Airlines to surrender routes and slots.
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Obama Delays Implementing Another Part Of Affordable Care Act

The Obama administration has delayed implementation of another part of Affordable Care Act — this time, it's the rules aimed at limiting out-of-pocket costs for patients.
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DOJ Tries To Block Airline Merger With Antitrust Suit

The proposed merger of U.S. Airways and American Airlines ran into major turbulence on Tuesday as the Justice Department and six state attorneys general filed an antitrust suit aimed at blocking the deal. Justice Department officials said the merger would eliminate competition and put consumers at risk of higher prices.
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Brand New N.C. Voter ID Law Already Facing Challenges

North Carolina's new voter ID law is already facing legal challenges — one day after Governor Pat McCrory signed the bill into law. The measure ends a week of early voting and eliminates same-day registration.
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Lawmakers, Banking Regulators Take On Bitcoin

The New York Department of Financial Services has issued subpoenas to several companies using the virtual currency Bitcoin for more information on how they do business. Audie Cornish talks to Jerry Brito, senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, about the complications of regulating digital money.
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Walking Back The Largest U.S. Power Blackout, 10 Years Later

On a hot, summer afternoon in 2003, a set of sagging power lines outside of Cleveland sank into some overgrown trees, tripping circuit breakers, and leading to a massive power outage across the Northeastern U.S. It's estimated that this outage affected an estimated 50 million people in the U.S. and Canada. Traffic lights stopped working, cell phones were knocked out, and the Manhattan skyline went dark.
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Some Consumers Push Back Against 'Smart' Utility Meters

Power companies all over the country are in the process of replacing old residential meters with new digital smart ones. These meters transmit real time data back to the utilities, giving a precise picture of how much electricity customers are using and when. Audie Cornish talks to Severin Borenstein — director of the University of California Energy Institute — about the technology.

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