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The Prickly Process Of Changing Your Name

Names are something that we carry with us all our lives. But we seldom think about what goes into choosing the right one. In a piece for Slate.com, Silas Hansen writes about his decision to change his birth name — Lindsay — as he told his family and friends that he was transgender.
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Immigration Protesters Aim For Rally To Motivate Lawmakers

Thousands of demonstrators backing more generous immigration rules are expected at a big rally on Capitol Hill Wednesday. They're demanding swift action by Congress. But while preliminary agreement has been reached on a range of immigration issues, it could be weeks before a bill appears in the Senate.
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Court: ExxonMobile Guilty In N.H. Contamination Suit

ExxonMobile has been ordered to pay more than $200 million to clean up ground water contaminated with the gasoline additive known as MTBE. New Hampshire won the lawsuit in state court. Exxon argues the federal government approved MTBE to reduce air pollution, and should be blamed for the consequences.
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Bipartisan Bill Would Extend Background Checks To Gun Shows

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania have a plan that could get bipartisan support. It would close the so-called gun show loophole but allow friends and family members to trade guns without going through background checks.
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Thank G-O-O-D-N-E-S-S: The National Spelling Bee Adds Meaning

The National Spelling Bee is adding vocabulary questions to the qualifying tests. It's a great step toward ensuring that the most visible showcase for really smart kids isn't just a memory competition.
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UConn Sank Louisville In Women's NCAA Matchup

An exciting women's NCAA basketball tournament ended with a dominant win by UConn in Tuesday's final game. ESPN's Pablo Torre talks with host Michel Martin about the game and other sports news.
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Do Physical Compliments Have A Place In Politics?

President Obama apologized for his recent declaration that California Attorney General Kamala Harris is 'by far, the best looking attorney general in the country.' But was the compliment out of bounds, or was it the reaction that went over the top? Host Michel Martin shares her thoughts in her regular 'Can I Just Tell You' essay.
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Listener Muses About Her Miracle Bra And Medical Exam

Tell Me More celebrates National Poetry Month with the 'Muses and Metaphor' series, where listeners submit their own poems via Twitter. Today's tweet comes from Christina Lux. She's an assistant director at the University of Kansas and tweeted about a scary medical diagnosis.
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'My Family Will Never Forget' Says Sister Of Newtown Victim

Last December, Jillian Soto got the news that every person dreads. She found out that her sister, Victoria Soto, had been killed. Victoria was one of the victims in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. Now, Jillian Soto has traveled to Washington to push for stricter gun control.

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