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Michelle Obama Steps Into Gun Control Debate

The first lady gave a personal and emotional speech in her hometown, two months after attending the funeral of a Chicago teen who was shot and killed earlier this year. Michelle Obama is encouraging business leaders to donate millions of dollars for programs to help at-risk youth.
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Cities Turn Sewage Into 'Black Gold' For Local Farms

Cities are finding beneficial and lucrative ways to dispose of solid waste, while also helping farmers. But a lot of sewage still ends up in landfills or being processed at big, industrial incinerators.
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GOP Rejects Tax Increases In Obama's Budget

Audie Cornish talks to GOP Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rogers about President Obama's new budget.
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Immigration Activists Call For Faster Policy Reforms

Thousands of protesters descended on Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, demanding action by Congress on immigration.
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Bipartisan Group Of Senators Agrees To Background Check Plan

More than three months after the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn., the U.S. Senate is poised to bring a gun bill to the floor on Thursday. It's far weaker than what gun control advocates had hoped for, but nonetheless faces a Republican filibuster because gun rights groups say it goes too far.
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Postal Service Backs Off Ending Saturday Mail Delivery

The U.S. Postal Service is giving up on its plan to save money by eliminating Saturday delivery. It says Congress won't let it make the change — so it's back to losing more money than it planned.
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Honus Wagner Baseball Card Gained Value From An Early Recall

A U.S. District court judge is wrestling with punishment for a sports memorabilia dealer. William Mastro is accused of altering a rare baseball card before selling it. The 1909 Honus Wagner card demands upwards of $2 million at auction. Melissa Block talks with memorabilia magnate Ken Goldin about the case and the card.
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'Mayors Against Illegal Guns' Push For Background Checks

"Mayors Against Illegal Guns," a group founded by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is airing ads pressuring members of Congress to pass gun control legislation. Melissa Block talks with Mark Glaze, the group's director, about the Senate compromise announced Wednesday and the group's strategy.
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A Mother's Fight Against 3 Strikes Law 'A Way of Life'

Shane Reams owes his freedom from prison in no small part to his mother's 17-year campaign to change California's tough three strikes sentencing law. Sue Reams' work is not done, she says, not when people are still in prison "for stupid things" like stealing baby food.

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