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Bravery By Speaking Up Or Keeping Quiet?

In her 'Can I Just Tell You' essay, host Michel Martin talks about the different choices of two remarkable women: Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who survived being shot by the Taliban for supporting girls' education; and Essie Mae Washington-Williams, who was the biracial child of segregationist Senator Strom Thurmond.
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Skip The Flowers And Jewelry For Your Valentine

Valentine's Day is around the corner. Maybe you're eyeing chocolate, roses or something sparkly for your sweetheart? Mark Di Vincenzo cautions you to think about your timing. The author of Buy Shoes on Wednesday and Tweet at 4:00, says increased demand makes February one of the worst times to buy traditional gifts.
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The Squeeze: Higher Costs And Smaller Paychecks

The economy may be on the rebound, but life is getting tougher for some people in the middle class. With rising gas prices, insurance costs, and higher payroll taxes, people are feeling squeezed. Host Michel Martin asks if there's any financial relief in sight.
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Once-Secret 'Watch List' Of Alleged Polluters Under Review At EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency's inspector general is looking at the records kept about allegedly chronic polluters and whether regulators have been doing enough to enforce environmental laws.
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With Elbows, Cortisone Shots May Hurt More Than Help

Cortisone shots offer quick relief for tendon problems. But they also carry a risk of side effects. A look at alternatives for treatment of tennis elbow finds that being patient may be the best approach to take.
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Two Days After Rescue From Bunker, Ethan Turns 6

The little boy survived being held by a killer for nearly a week in an underground bunker. He's said to be acting "like a normal kid" now, and like most children he's likely to be resilient. But experts say he's likely to remember his ordeal for the rest of his life.
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Postal Service Plans To End Saturday Mail Delivery

The U.S. Postal Service is expected to announce Wednesday that letters will no longer be delivered six days a week. The move starts this summer and should save $2 billion. Saturday package delivery, however, will continue.
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Boy Scouts Delay Decision About Gays; Pentagon May Extend Some Benefits

Two stories about gay rights are breaking: Leaders of the Boy Scouts are debating whether local troops should be allowed to have gay members and leaders; and the Pentagon is reportedly looking to extend some benefits to the same-sex partners of military personnel.
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Postal Service Moves To Halt Saturday Mail

The decision has been long anticipated. The Postal Service continues to lose billions of dollars a year and is looking for ways to cut costs. Eliminating Saturday delivery of first-class mail (but not packages) might save it about $2 billion annually.
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The Iron Is Out, A Cat Is In As 'Monopoly' Changes Game Pieces

Scottie the dog and the others get a new competitor. Now, which of the eight game pieces would you most like to use? And will you miss the iron and its handy handle?

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