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Food Truck Pioneer Battles Food Deserts With High Cuisine

Los Angeles chef Roy Choi helped launch the food truck movement. Now he wants to blend high and low cuisine to combat food deserts. He's challenging the tyranny of junk food in the inner cities, and is pushing other chefs to think about how they can contribute to food justice in their communities.
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Study: U.S. Adults Below Average In Literacy, Basic Math

Japan and Finland ranked at the top in most areas of the OECD study of 22 countries, while Italy and Spain consistently scored at the bottom.
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Solved: The Minds Behind The 'NSA' Billboard Reveal Themselves

Last week, we joined the speculation on who was behind the shadowy billboard on the 101 Freeway near San Francisco — a plain white sign with black text reading, "Your Data Should Belong To The NSA." Now the makers behind the signs are coming clean, and we're not too surprised by who they are.
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Obama Calls Boehner To Say He'll Negotiate — Later

A discussion of Republicans' fiscal ideas will have to wait until the government shutdown is over and the federal debt ceiling has been raised, President Obama tells House Speaker John Boehner.
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Mental Health Care: Why Some Get It And Some Don't

The shooting death of a young woman near the U.S. Capitol last week is raising questions about black women's access to mental health care. Host Michel Martin discusses the issue with Dr. Annelle Primm, the American Psychiatric Association's Director of Minority and National Affairs.
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D.C. Bars And Restaurants Feel Shutdown Squeeze

D.C. bars and restaurants are getting nervous about just how long their customers will be furloughed — and how it might dent their bottom line.
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Obama's Absence At Asia Summit Seen Hurting U.S. Trade

Many U.S. companies were hoping President Obama would be able to push for more open trade in Asia. But because of the U.S. government shutdown, he was a no show at the Asia-Pacific summit in Indonesia. The budget crisis in Washington is distracting from other trade initiatives as well, analysts say.
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Family Of Man Who Set Himself On Fire Says Act Wasn't Political

Police have identified John Constantino, 64, of Mount Laurel, N.J., as the man who died after setting himself on fire on the National Mall last week. His family says Constantino had struggled with mental illness.
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Senate Democrats Could Set Up Test Vote On Debt Ceiling

There are signs that a measure to raise the limit on government spending could be introduced as early as Tuesday.
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NFL Jaguars, Broncos Have Interesting Point Spread

If you bet on the Jacksonville Jaguars this weekend, your team could be crushed and you could still win. The Jaguars are 0-5. They play Peyton Manning's undefeated Denver Broncos. The Broncos are 28 point favorites: the biggest point spread in NFL history. The Jaguars could lose by 27 and you'd still win your bet.

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