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DeMint's Replacement Has Had Quick Political Rise

Gov. Nikki Haley has selected Rep. Tim Scott to replace South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, who is going to the Heritage Foundation. The choice is full of firsts — Scott will be the only African-American in the Senate, the first black Republican in the Senate in decades, and only the second since Reconstruction. The one-term congressman immediately becomes a national figure, projecting an image with the potential to help Republicans as they struggle to appeal to minority voters.
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Newtown Shooter Had No Connection To School

Police continued to investigate the mass shooting at Newtown, Conn., on Monday, as the town started to bury the victims. Robert Siegel talks to Quil Lawrence.
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New Case Renews 'Stand Your Ground' Debate In Fla.

Michael Dunn, the man charged with shooting and killing 17-year old Justin Davis in a dispute over loud music, was arraigned Monday on first degree murder charges. He's claimed he acted in self-defense and Florida's Stand Your Ground law may be an issue as it has been in the Trayvon Martin shooting. Davis' father is calling for changes in Florida's gun laws.
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Among Schools With Shootings, A 'Tragic Fraternity'

Melissa Block talks to Chris Dunshee, former principal of Red Lake High School in Red Lake, Minn. In 2005, a student shot and killed seven people on the school's campus.
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Not Just For Coffee Anymore: The Rise Of Caffeinated Foods

Are we getting "Jack'd"? A surge in new caffeine-containing foods leads to new questions about just how much caffeine we're getting in our daily lives. Some advocates are calling for labeling, and they raise concerns about children's and teens' consumption.
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Time To Talk About Assault Weapon Ban, Says 'Gun Rights' Sen. Manchin

"Never before have we seen our babies slaughtered," Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said today on MSNBC. "This has changed the dialogue and it should move beyond dialogue. We need action," he added. Manchin is a member of the National Rifle Association and a hunter.

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