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More Companies Encourage Workers To Volunteer, On The Clock

A growing number of employers are paying their workers to help out at local charities on company time. Human resources experts say compensating staff who put in volunteer hours makes for more engaged workers — and lower turnover.
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'Nothing Racist' Implied In 'Obama' Act, Says Rodeo Clown

"Comedians all over the country have used political figures to make fun of current events, it's nothing new," rodeo clown Tuffy Gessling has told a Missouri news outlet. The skit he directed at the state fair sparked outrage.
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African-American Musicians, More Than Just Jazz

Jazz may be the first thing that comes to mind when we think of the contributions African-Americans have made to music. But the Gateways Musical Festival highlights African-Americans' classical past.
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Will 'Safe Passage' Routes Really Keep Chicago Kids Safe?

Officials from Chicago Public Schools hope new 'safe passage' routes will keep kids safe while walking to school. Nearly 50 schools closed recently, forcing thousands of students to attend schools farther away. Guest host Celeste Headlee finds out more about the routes, and what critics have to say.
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Past Immigration Policies Had A Reverse Effect, Professor Says

Princeton sociology professor Douglas Massey tells guest host Celeste Headlee that many of the policies intended to stop undocumented immigration not only failed, but actually kept migrants from returning to their home countries.
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African-American Musicians, More Than Just Jazz

Jazz may be the first thing that comes to mind when we think of the contributions African-Americans have made to music. But the Gateways Musical Festival highlights African-Americans' classical past. Guest host Celeste Headlee finds out more.
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French Maker Of Military Rafts Gets An American Identity

Zodiac produces most of the inflatable rafts used by the U.S. military. But a California company challenged that contract, saying it violates a requirement that the Defense Department use products made with American material and by U.S. workers. In response, Zodiac set up a factory in Maryland.
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Pentagon Details Plan To Extend Benefits To Same-Sex Spouses

The change will mean tens of thousands of dollars in payments to cover things such as health care and housing. The military also will provide leave for service members who must travel for a same-sex marriage.
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San Diego's Hooters, Other Businesses Tell Mayor To Stay Away

Democratic Mayor Bob Filner is resisting calls to resign following the accounts of women who say he harassed them. Hooters' locations in the city say "women should be treated with respect" and that Filner's not welcome.
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Journalist Jack Germond, One Of The 'Boys On The Bus,' Dies

The longtime political columnist died just as he'd finished writing a political novel titled A Small Story for Page Three. He was 85. Author of Fat Man in the Middle Seat, Germond covered national politics for decades and was a regular panelist for years on The McLaughlin Group.

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