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Drought-Stricken Plains Farmers 'Giddy' Over Heavy Snow

More than 2 feet of snow hit the high plains this week, snarling travel and all but shutting down some cities. Despite those hassles, for farmers and ranchers, the snow brings some urgently needed moisture to their drought-stricken fields and pastures.
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Gay Athletes Face Discrimination In Professional Sports

Questions have swirled this week about the sexuality of NFL prospect and Internet hoax victim Manti Te'o. Audie Cornish talks with sportswriter Stefan Fatsis about the controversy around Te'o and how other professional sports have reacted to gay players in the locker room.
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Pentagon Won't Feel Most Of Sequester's Effects Until Summer

Across-the-board spending cuts are set to go into effect on Friday. But the sequestration will be more like a long slope than a cliff. Pentagon officials don't expect serious cuts — like furloughs and lost flying time — to kick in for at least two months.
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State Department Finds No Major Objections To Keystone XL Pipeline Proposal

The State Department released its environment assessment of the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday. Melissa Block talks to Elizabeth Shogren.
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Despite Sequester, Government Shutdown Remains Unlikely

The long-feared automatic spending cuts are set to start late Friday, and now Congress must deal with another deadline at the end of this month. Tamara Keith talks to Melissa Block about what happens next.
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Major League Soccer Finally On Solid Footing, But Hasn't Reached Big Time

Major League Soccer gets underway this weekend. We preview the teams and what to expect this season.
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Obama Says He Can't Force A Budget Deal: 'I'm Not A Dictator'

Congress failed to reach an agreement on the spending cuts known as the sequester — and now they are out of time. On Friday morning, Congressional leaders from both parties met at the White House. Afterward, House Speaker John Boehner made it clear that Republicans won't budge on taxes.
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Natural Gas Dethrones King Coal As Power Companies Look To Future

It's a brave new energy world, with two major opponents: natural gas and coal. As prices fluctuate and renewables, such as wind and solar, fight for a share of energy generation, there's heated competition for access to your wall socket.

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