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White House Defends War Policy Against Memoir's Harsh Critique

Press secretary Jay Carney responds to a new book by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, saying disagreement is a welcome part of a "robust" policymaking process.
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Coal-Mining Area Grapples With How To Keep 'Bright Young Minds'

Residents of Martin County, Ky., where President Johnson traveled to promote his War on Poverty in 1964, say they need jobs more than government aid. Coal mines are shutting down, and many local college grads say they have to leave the county if they want to make a living.
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Same-Sex Marriages No Longer Recognized, Utah Tells Agencies

The move by the governor's office clouds the legal status of hundreds of same-sex couples who were granted marriage licenses after Utah's ban was overturned on Dec. 20.
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This GMO Apple Won't Brown. Will That Sour The Fruit's Image?

A small Canadian company has created a genetically engineered apple that doesn't go brown when you slice it. It's waiting for approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. But some apple producers are worried that this new product will taint the apple's wholesome, all-natural image.
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So Are 2 Drinks A Day Really Too Many?

Scientists aren't entirely sure if moderate alcohol consumption is good for your heart. But they're very clear on the risks of drinking. And it turns out that moderate alcohol use is a lot stingier than most of us think, public health officials say.
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1 Dead, 1 Missing As Navy Helicopter Crashes Off Virginia Coast

Three crew members were rescued after the giant MH-53E Sea Dragon went down about 18 miles east of Cape Henry, Va.
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Poverty And Not Knowing Your Neighbor Are Connected, Expert Says

It's been 50 years since President Lyndon B. Johnson declared war on poverty. Host Michel Martin speaks with Anne Mosle, of the Aspen Institute, about how much has changed since then and if the battle needs a new plan of attack.
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Internet Harassment Of Women: When Haters Do More Than Just Hate

Anyone who posts something online runs the risk of getting negative feedback. But for some female writers, things are taken to an extreme level. Host Michel Martin talks with Amanda Hess, about her article "Why Women Aren't Welcome On The Internet." Writers Bridget Johnson and Mikki Kendall also discuss how they've handled harassments and threats - on and off line.
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New Education Standards Widen Achievement Gap For English Learners?

New national education standards, known as Common Core, aim to set baseline knowledge for English and math. But some people say the standards will increase achievement gaps between English learners and native English speakers. Host Michel Martin learns more from journalist Pat Wingert.
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The Case For Clemency: Expert Says Snowden Deserves A Pass

Jennifer Granick, director of civil liberties at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, tells NPR that the former NSA contractor should be thanked for revealing questionable surveillance activities.

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