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Labor Nominee's Civil Rights Work Draws Praise, Controversy

Tom Perez has been one of the most aggressive advocates for civil rights in decades. He prosecuted a record number of hate crimes cases and got huge settlements from banks that overcharged minorities for home loans. But Republicans say he has questions to answer about a whistle-blower case.
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Mars Rovers Go Quiet, As Sun Blocks Transmissions

Communications between the Earth and Mars are going on a month-long hiatus, thanks to interference from the sun. That means NASA's spacecraft on Mars will be on their own until NASA's radio signals can reach them again.
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Pastor, Mentor And Social Activist: Remembering Gordon Cosby

Gordon Cosby is perhaps the most influential pastor you've never heard of. His congregation in Washington, D.C., Church of the Saviour, launched more than 40 different nonprofit groups to help the poor and homeless. Cosby died last month at the age of 95.
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Is Immigration Overhaul On America's Doorstep?

A bipartisan group of senators is on the cusp of unveiling a plan for immigration reform. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), one of the so-called "Gang of Eight," talks to host Jacki Lyden about the effort. We also hear from some of the thousands of demonstrators who gathered on the National Mall for a pro-reform rally this past week. NPR's Ted Robins tells us what the economic effect of legalizing 11 million workers could be, and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) talks about bringing undocumented workers out of the shadows.
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Beer Bust: Yankees Rename 'Craft Beer' Stand At Stadium

Faced with criticism and ridicule, the New York Yankees have yanked a sign touting a "Craft Beer Destination" stand at their stadium, after beer fans noted that all the products are from MillerCoors. At other ballparks, genuine craft beer is easy to find.
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Violence Hits Guantanamo Bay As Inmates Continue Hunger Strike

Inmates fought guards at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after authorities decided to end communal housing in one of the prison's camps, and instead put prisoners in individual cells. At least one detainee was reportedly injured by a rubber bullet in the clash Saturday.
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Junior League Cookbooks: Crowdsourced Recipes, Old-School Style

Oh, there's golf at Augusta? We thought it was all about the food. Tea-Time at the Masters is just one example of an enduring form of community-created cookbooks put out by Junior Leagues since the 1920s. These ladies were way ahead of their time.
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Police Sergeant Says Trayvon Martin Shooting Targets Were A Training Aid

A police sergeant in Port Canaveral, Fla., has been fired after he brought targets that were made to resemble Trayvon Martin — a figure in a hooded sweatshirt, holding a can or bottle — to a police target practice session.
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Immigration And The Argument Against Citizenship

Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin speaks with Republican Rep. Lou Barletta from Pennsylvania, about the current push for immigration reform in Congress. Barletta served as the Mayor of Hazleton, Pa., during its controversial crackdown on illegal immigration in 2006 and 2007. The laws Barletta championed were ultimately challenged in court, but Barletta remains a staunch opponent of attempts to provide a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

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