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Mother Of Mass Shooting Victim Becomes Gun-Control Advocate

After her daughter was killed in the theater shooting in Aurora, Colo, last year, Sandy Phillips became a full-time advocate for universal background checks for gun buyers. Phillips was on her way to Washington, D.C. to lobby for gun legislation when the Navy Yard shooting happened. She tells Steve Inskeep she's been meeting with members of Congress.
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WNBA's Elena Della Donne Thrives In Chicago

Women's pro basketball takes center stage Thursday night with the start of playoffs. The Eastern Conference champions Chicago Sky are in the post season for the first time since joining the league eight years ago. A big reason for that success is 6'5" rookie Elena Della Donne.
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Census Bureau Survey Indicates How Americans Live

Steve Inskeep talks to demographer William Frey, of the Brookings Institution, about new trends in the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. It's an annual snapshot into the lives of Americans. The data helps communities plan investments and services.
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Sen. McConnell In No-Win Situation On Obamacare

When Kentucky businessman Matt Bevin jumped in to challenge fellow Republican Mitch McConnell in next year's primary, the Senate minority leader responded by lying low on controversial issues. And so far, McConnell has steered clear of an attempt to tie must-pass funding bills to a defunding of President Obama's health care law.
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Federal Reserve Stays The Course On Stimulus

U.S. stocks rallied to new highs Wednesday on news the Federal Reserve is keeping its main stimulus program in place with no changes. Most analysts were expecting the Fed to start a gradual reduction in the level of stimulus.
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ACLU Posts Fed-Collected 'Suspicious' Activity Reports Online

Document requests by the ACLU of Northern California have produced an inside look at the records of suspicious activity reports gathered by federal authorities. The feds appear to be keeping files on people based on tips that fall far below the threshold of reasonable suspicion.
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Senators, Economists Lobby For Yellen To Be Fed Chairman

President Obama has taken his time in choosing a new Federal Reserve Chairman. It's a four-year post so whoever he picks will lead the central bank well into the next president's term. Top contender Larry Summers withdrew his name from consideration. Analysts speculate the No. 2 at the Fed, Janet Yellen, will now be the top choice.
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Starbucks Asks Customers To Leave Their Guns Behind

Starbucks — which has been caught in the cross hairs of the gun control debate — is now asking customers to consider its coffee houses gun-free zones. Until now, the company had not discouraged customers in open-carry states from bringing weapons into their stores.
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Employees Rally In Support Of American, U.S. Airways Merger

Workers for American Airlines and U.S. Airways rallied in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday to urge the Justice Department to speed up approval of the pending merger. The department is pushing to block the deal on the grounds that it would hurt travelers by reducing competition, and increasing airfare.
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Employers Trim Health Costs By Cutting Coverage For Spouses

As health costs keep rising, many firms are trying to run their benefits programs as leanly as possible. For some, that means not paying the claims of spouses who work for other companies. It costs more to insure the typical spouse than the typical employee, one analyst says.

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