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Still-Powerful Tropical Storm Karen Set For Saturday Landfall

The system, which has been traveling through the Gulf of Mexico, is expected to make landfall in Louisiana.

With Government Shut Down, Science Idles

As the budgetary stalemate in Washington continues, many federally funded science projects are now on hold. Matthew Hourihan of the American Association for the Advancement of Science describes some of the effects of the funding impasse on research programs, from the CDC to NASA.

Tasteless Or Not? Restaurant Puts Communion Wafer On Burger

Kuma's Corner, a Chicago eatery, says the dish is in honor of a Swedish heavy metal band that dresses in religious robes. Critics say it makes a mockery of something that is holy to Catholics and many other Christians.

'The Fade': Four Barbers, Three Continents, One Film

A new film The Fade shows that from Accra to New Jersey, the barbershop has a special place in the black community. Host Michel Martin talks to the film's director, Andy Mundy-Castle about what he learned from following four barbers across the world.

Government Shutdown? 'This Is Democracy In Action'

The debate over the Affordable Care Act has been at the heart of the government shutdown. Host Michel Martin asks two conservative thinkers why they think shutting down the government is a better option than allowing Obamacare to kick in.

Will Settlement Bring Black Farmers Dignity?

After years of discrimination from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, black farmers are now getting a $1.25 billion settlement. Founder and president of the National Black Farmers Association John Boyd tells host Michel Martin what this settlement means for farmers and their families.

New York Road Rage Video Raises Difficult Questions

A confrontation between motorcyclists and an SUV resulted in a badly injured biker and the SUV driver being beaten. But who's to blame? The Barbershop guys weigh in.

Despite Many Warnings, Antibiotics Are Still Overprescribed

Public health officials have been working to reduce use of antibiotics for years. But fresh research shows that antibiotics are still being prescribed where they don't do much good, for ailments like sore throats and bronchitis. Both doctors and patients are to blame for that, experts say.

'This Isn't Some Damn Game!' Boehner Says

As Republicans and Democrats continue to argue, their positions appear to remain fixed. Looking to put pressure on the administration, the House speaker got emotional Friday morning at a news conference. President Obama responded Boehner can end the shutdown quickly.

Vietnamese General Who Led Fight Against U.S., France, Dies

Vo Nguyen Giap, who masterminded the French defeat at Dien Bien Phu in 1954 and the Tet Offensive against U.S. and South Vietnamese forces 14 years later, died Friday at a hospital in Hanoi.