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Five Decades Later, Time To Change The Way We Define Poverty?

The U.S. government's official measure of poverty hasn't changed much in 50 years: It's still based on what it took to feed a family in the 1950s. There are new efforts underway to find a more accurate gauge of families in need.
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Obama Administration Has Little Love For 'Zero Tolerance'

The Obama administration wants public school officials to rethink how they discipline and punish students who misbehave. In the mid-1990s, states put in place harsh "zero-tolerance" policies in response to a rise in violence, bullying, drug use and school shootings. But studies show that too often kids are being punished just as harshly for minor offenses. Black, Latino and disabled students are disproportionately affected. Now the departments of Education and Justice are issuing new guidelines to help schools re-evaluate their disciplinary policies.
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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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