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Older Folks Get Modest Memory Boost From Brain Boot Camp

Older people who took a few weeks of classes to train their brains reported doing slightly better at activities of daily living a decade later compared with people who hadn't been trained. But the perceived difference might be explained by the expectation that training would help.
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Sandwich Monday: The Breaded Steak Sandwich

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try the famous "Breaded Steak Sandwich" from Ricobene's in Chicago. Yes, it's what it sounds like, and no, you're not dreaming.
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Side Effect Of Legal Pot: Police Budgets Take A Hit

Some states view legalizing marijuana as a way to find new tax revenue. But decriminalization can also remove a strong funding source for police: property forfeitures from drug dealers.
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Italians To New Yorkers: 'Forkgate' Scandal? Fuhggedaboutit

New York City's newly minted mayor found himself at the center of a minor scandal Friday after eating pizza "like a tourist." His offense? Tackling a slice with — gasp! — a fork and knife. Turns out, he's got some plausible deniability, Italians say.
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Supreme Court Declines To Consider Arizona Abortion Law

The high court declined the state's request to review a lower court ruling that struck down its ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. That effectively blocks the law permanently, since the appeals court found it unconstitutional.
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Understanding What It Means To Be Transgender

A new California law allows transgender students to choose bathrooms and sports teams based on the gender they identify with. The law intends to make those students feel more comfortable, but it's also making others feel uneasy. Tell Me More looks again at truths and misconceptions involving transgender people, especially when it comes to public accommodations.
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Does Justice For Murder Victims Depend On Race, Geography?

Murder rates in New York City are at historic lows, but many of the murders there remain unsolved. Host Michel Martin learns more from New York Daily News reporter Rocco Parascandola, former NYPD detective Joe Giacalone, and the Brennan Center's Nicole Austin-Hillery.
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New Problem For Christie: Audit Of Sandy-Related Spending

The New Jersey governor's office is already under fire over some seemingly dirty tricks involving the George Washington Bridge. Now there are questions about money spent on ads designed to bring back tourists after Hurricane Sandy.
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California's Pot Farms Could Leave Salmon Runs Truly Smoked

Marijuana cultivation is booming along the state's North Coast. But these plantations, critics say, guzzle enormous amounts of water while also spilling pesticides and fertilizers into waterways that are important sources of the West Coast's salmon species.
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Airliner Lands At Wrong Airport, Barely Misses Going Off Runway

None of the 124 passengers aboard the Southwest Airlines 737 were hurt as the aircraft skidded to a halt at a county airport near Branson, Mo.

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