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14 Million Americans Don't Work Due To Disability, And The Number Is Growing

In the last 15 years the number of people in the U.S. receiving payments from the federal government for disability has nearly doubled. Why? Two experts have been trying to unravel the mystery.
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Former QB Drew Bledsoe Becomes Unlikely Lobbyist For Interstate Wine Sales

Robert Siegel speaks with former New England Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe. In retirement, Bledsoe has taken up winemaking in his home state of Washington — but a Massachusetts law banning wine shipments to residents is preventing some of his former fans from becoming customers. This week, Bledsoe traveled to the Massachusetts Statehouse to support a bill that would change that.
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U.S. Pledges $200 Million To Jordan To Aid With Syrian Refugees

President Obama pledged $200 million in additional U.S. aid for Jordan on Friday to help in caring for a flood of refugees from the civil war in neighboring Syria. The pledge came as Obama met with Jordan's King Abdullah II on the next-to-last day of the president's Middle East tour.
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After Decade Of Detention, Guantanamo Prisoners Go On Hunger Strike

Twenty-six Guantanamo prisoners are on a hunger strike to protest their continued detention at the island facility. Eight of the men are being fed intravenously. Military officials say detainees told guards that they had stopped eating because of the lack of interest in their plight. Among their complaints: they weren't mentioned in President Obama's inaugural address or the State of the Union.
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State Laws Govern Gun Purchases Very Differently Across The Country

Melissa Block talks to Daniel Webster, director of the John Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, about the wide variation in gun laws from state to state, and how those laws correspond to gun violence.
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U.S. Stands Firm On Decision Not To Arm Syrian Rebels

A decade ago, as the U.S. led an intervention to Iraq, France stood on the sidelines and members of Congress were so furious that they renamed French fries in the cafeteria as freedom fries. Ten years later, some lawmakers are urging the U.S. to follow the French lead in Syria. France, along with Britain, says it's time to arm the Syrian rebels and tip the military balance to force President Bashar al-Assad out of power. France has also taken a leading role in recent years in Libya, Mali and even on Iran.
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Are Younger Catholics Abandoning Fish On Fridays?

Seafood consumption typically increases during Lent in the U.S. The jump is traditionally attributed to Catholics observing the church's Lenten ban on eating meat on Fridays. But data suggest younger Americans aren't keeping up the fish tradition.
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FAA Announces Tower Closures Coming In April

The FAA has trimmed the number of towers it plans to close as it shrinks its budget in response to sequestration. Officials spared 40 airport towers it had previously planned to shutter.

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