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With Pot Legal In Washington, Will Buyers Stay Underground?

State regulators are putting the finishing touches on rules for the new state-sanctioned recreational marijuana market. The man hired to help shape those rules says that for state-licensed pot stores to succeed, police have to toughen up on the black market.

Fla. Balks At Insurance Navigators As Obamacare Deadline Nears

Gov. Rick Scott has built a political career fighting the president's health overhaul — and he's not through yet. He's joining other Republicans in opposition to people called navigators, who are being hired to help enroll the public in health plans.

A Defense For Ted Cruz: Founders Weren't U.S. Born Either

The news surrounding the Texas senator's place of birth has rekindled a familiar constitutional debate over who is eligible to run for president.

How Vine Settled On 6 Seconds

According to numbers released Tuesday, Twitter's one-year-old video-sharing app Vine now has about 40 million registered users. The app lets users shoot a maximum of six seconds per Vine, so we wanted to know why the limit's set at six seconds and not a second longer.

'Treme' Cookbook Captures The Flavor Of A Show And A City

Melissa Block talks with Lolis Eric Elie, a writer and editor behind the HBO series Treme about a new cookbook written in the voices of the show's characters. Elie says it reflects both old New Orleans traditions and more recent influences.

A Day With Elmore Leonard And The White Castle That Wasn't

NPR correspondent and former All Things Considered co-host Noah Adams recalls a day he spent with the famed crime writer in Detroit.

Dick Van Dyke Can Still Laugh After His Car Burns To A Crisp

"Used Jag for sale REAL CHEAP!!" the comic actor tweeted after his car broke down and burst into flames. He was helped to safety by some passersby. "Somebody's looking after me," the 87-year-old TV veteran says.

From Cuba To America, Arturo Sandoval Is An Ambassador For Jazz

Later this year, the jazz legend will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Sandoval talks with guest host Celeste Headlee about his start as a trumpet player in Cuba, his relationship with Dizzy Gillespie and how American citizenship influenced his music.

Women Shortchanged In Retirement Earnings

The American workforce is graying. And while many people aren't saving enough for retirement, that's especially true for women. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with reporter Paul Solman and aging specialist Helen Dennis, about a gender gap in retirement earnings.

Is It Time To Get Rid of IQ Tests In Schools?

Schools have long used IQ tests to group students. But some experts say labels like 'gifted' or 'disabled' are following students throughout their education — for better and worse. Guest host Celeste Headlee finds out more.