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After The Spill: The Environment And Economy Of The Gulf

In July 2010, the oil spill caused by the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion fouled beaches and wetlands, killed wildlife, and ruined seafood businesses. Nearly three years later, as the civil trial against BP begins, those who live and work in the area continue to feel the disaster's effects.
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In Maui, Wild Chicken Spurs Power Outage At Airport, Surrounding Area

A chicken's close inspection of a transformer caused a power outage and brief delays at Maui's Kahului Airport this week. After the incident in the airport's rental car area, security screenings were performed manually and passengers had to use mobile stairways on the tarmac.
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Federal Gay Marriage Ban Hurts The Bottom Line, Businesses Argue

Google, Apple, Facebook and other big names are wading into the same-sex-marriage debate, which will come before the Supreme Court next month. They argue the federal government's ban on recognizing gay unions causes "unnecessary cost and administrative complexity."
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$85 Billion Versus $42 Billion: The New Sequester Argument

The Congressional Budget Office has a new report saying the forced budget cuts coming tomorrow are actually smaller than the number used by the White House.
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China Accuses U.S. Of Hacking Military Sites

Barely a week after a major report outlining likely Chinese hacking on American companies, Beijing officials say the U.S. is doing the same thing.
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Black Reverend: Guns Are Important To My Church

Gun violence devastates many predominantly African-American neighborhoods in places across the country. But some faith leaders feel that legal access to guns is part of the solution, not the problem. Host Michel Martin speaks with Reverend Kenn Blanchard about why he wants his congregation to have wider access to guns.
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String Theory: Fascinating, Not Science Fiction

Tell Me More has been honoring Black History Month by speaking with African-Americans who've excelled in STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math. Sylvester James Gates Jr. spent his career researching string theory. He explains to host Michel Martin that, while it seems like science fiction, it's really anything but.
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How Washington Chose Not To Be Careful With Spending Cuts

No rational person would try to cut nearly all government spending by a fixed amount, regardless of the individual merit of any given program. That's kind of the point.

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