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Lawmaker Plans Bill To Lift Immunity For Gun Manufacturers And Dealers

"Good gun companies don't need special protection from the law," says Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif. The National Rifle Association, though, calls the law that gives companies immunity from most negligence and product liability lawsuits "vitally important" to the gun industry.
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Better Bring Your Own: University Of Vermont Bans Bottled Water

When students at the University of Vermont resume classes on the snow-covered Burlington campus Monday, something will be missing. UVM is the latest university to ban on-campus sales of bottled water.
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Lack Of Up-To-Date Research Complicates Gun Debate

Vice President Joe Biden says his task force on reducing gun violence is facing an unexpected obstacle: slim or outdated research on weapons. Public health research dried up more than a decade ago after Congress restricted the use of some federal money to pay for those studies.
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Young Adults Swapping Soda For The Super Buzz Of Coffee

College students and 20-somethings are drinking less soda these days but more coffee. That means they are getting more caffeine and likely less sleep, which may lead to academic and even health problems down the road.
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Losing Our Religion: The Growth Of The 'Nones'

This week, Morning Edition explores the "nones" — Americans who say they don't identify with any religion. Kicking off the series, the Pew Research Center's Greg Smith and Harvard's Bob Putnam explain why so many folks say they have no religion.
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U.S. Provided 'Technical Assistance' In Botched French Raid, Obama Says

A French soldier and 17 Islamist rebels were killed in the raid to rescue a French hostage, who is also believed to have died. The president's acknowledgment of the U.S. role in the raid came the same day as France said the U.S. provided "communications and transport" support for the ongoing French military action against Islamist rebels in Mali.
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Uncertainty Looms For Pentagon In Obama's Second Term

Facing sequestration cuts, a troop drawdown in Afghanistan and what's expected to be a contentious fight over the next defense secretary, it's hard to avoid the conclusion that some of the biggest challenges for the Department of Defense come from inside U.S. borders. Still, the Pentagon's job is to anticipate future threats — and prepare.
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The Kraken Is Real: Scientist Films First Footage Of A Giant Squid

For thousands of years, sailors have told stories of giant squids. In myth and cinema, the kraken was the most terrible of sea monsters. Now, it's been captured — on a soon-to-be-seen video.
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Ban On Assault Rifles Unlikely, NRA Chief Says

David Keene said Sunday on CNN that Congress is not going to be able to pass as assault weapons ban. The comments come in the wake of a call by the White House and some lawmakers to ban assault weapons and curb the size of ammunition clips.

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