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New School Year Brings Sequestration Pain For Many Districts

As the nation's public schools reopen this fall, many are facing budget deficits and scarce money due to sequestration. Experts say districts with large numbers of poor students are hit the hardest.
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Vulnerable Senators Straddle The Syria Fence

The half-dozen U.S. senators, all but one of them Democrats, struggling to make a case for their own 2014 re-election could face a critical vote as early as this week on whether to authorize U.S. military strikes on Syria.
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Top Afghan Militant Reportedly Killed In U.S. Drone Strike

Pakistani intelligence officials say Sangeen Zadran, a commander of the al-Qaida-linked Haqqani network, was killed in North Waziristan.
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Hank Paulson Reflects On Economic Crisis, Five Years Later

Robert Siegel talks to former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson about where we are now in terms of ending "too big to fail" and avoiding future meltdowns. Paulson says he failed to explain to American citizens that saving the big banks was not to help bankers but to keep the whole economy from sweeping away jobs.
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Firefighters Work To Contain Last Embers Of Massive Rim Fire

Crews are putting in the final fire lines around the massive Rim Fire, burning near and in Yosemite National Park. Some of those firefighters include a member of the Geronimo Hot Shots, from the San Carlos Apache reservation in Arizona.
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NSA Has Cracked Much Of The World's Computer Encryption

Documents revealed by former government contractor Edward Snowden show the National Security Agency has the ability to crack encryption that is supposed to keep communications and data private. The NSA has also worked with companies to insert vulnerabilities into their products to make them hackable by the NSA. Robert Siegel talks with Stuart Millar, U.S. deputy editor for The Guardian.
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Unemployment Rate Shrinks As Fewer People Look For Work

Job growth fell short of expectations in August. Employers added only 169,000 jobs to payrolls, and gains for June and July were revised downward. The question is whether the mediocre job growth of recent months is troubling enough to convince the Federal Reserve to delay its plans to dial back its stimulus of the economy.
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Cash-Strapped Philadelphia Schools Ask Parents To Fill Gaps

The Philadelphia school system was forced to cut millions of dollars from its budget, lay off hundreds of employees and shutter nearly two dozen schools to help close a billion dollar shortfall. Some principals are asking parents to "contribute" as much as $600 per student to help pay for basic supplies and the school superintendent threatened to delay the start of classes this month until the city kicked in $50 million to cover the minimum level of staffing.
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Broncos Blow Out Ravens At NFL Season Opener

After a slow, lightning-delayed, start, creaky, old Peyton Manning exploded in front a national television audience. The Denver Broncos quarterback eviscerated the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens in the opening game of the NFL season with a record-tying seven touchdown passes. Will Manning's performance help fans forget a worrisome offseason full of concussion litigation and uncertainty? The league hopes so. Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis joins Robert Siegel to talk about the upcoming NFL season.
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Back At School, Injured Player Fights On After Fateful Tackle

Devon Walker nearly died on the football field last fall, when the Tulane biology major went in for a tackle and broke his neck. Now paralyzed from the neck down, Walker is juggling class and rehab, and wants to stay as close as he can to the sport he loves — while coming to terms with life after his injury.

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