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Number Of Homeless Declines Again, But Gains Aren't Universal

Citing gains among veterans and the chronically homeless, a large government study reports continued progress. But nearly 20 percent of homeless people were in either New York City or Los Angeles, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. And several states also saw an increase.
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ATF Chief Faces Tough Challenge At Troubled Agency

B. Todd Jones is in charge of a bureau whose relevance and performance are being questioned and whose resource problems appear to be growing larger. He's trying to put the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives back on solid footing after years of controversy and criticism.
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Personhood In The Womb: A Constitutional Question

A study released this year examined cases where law enforcement intervened in the lives of pregnant women who were believed to be endangering their fetuses. State laws are stepping in on behalf of the fetuses' constitutional rights — but what of the mothers' rights? Fresh Air looks at three perspectives in the debate.
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Women Pass Marine Training, Clear First Hurdle To Combat Role

For the first time, three women were among the Marines who graduated Thursday from the two-month combat training course. The U.S. lifted the ban on women in combat earlier this year. Now, the Marines are conducting tests to see if women have what it takes to actually serve in the infantry.
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GOP Enraged After Filibuster Vote, But Does It Change Much?

Historian Gregory Koger says the Senate Democrats' vote for the "nuclear option" is a function of increasing frustration and that GOP retaliation may be largely limited to rhetoric rather than action.
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Alabama Pardons Scottsboro Boys In 1931 Rape Case

The state's parole board approved Thursday a posthumous pardon in the 1931 rape involving the three black men who were not pardoned in the infamous case. Nine black men were falsely accused of raping two white women on a train. All but one got the death penalty. Five convictions were overturned, and a sixth accused was pardoned before his death in 1976.
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Debate: Has The Right To Bear Arms Outlived Its Usefulness?

Some argue that if Americans were writing the Constitution over again in 2013, it wouldn't make sense to include the right to bear arms. A group of experts faces off over whether Americans' Second Amendment rights are outdated in the latest Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.
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Autistic Kids At Risk Of Wandering: How To Keep Them Safe

The case of a missing teenager in New York has sparked a national conversation about keeping autistic children safe. Guest host Celeste Headlee learns more from the National Autism Association's Lori McIlwain.
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Walking The World: 7 Years And Counting

Paul Salopek is on a seven year trek, literally walking around the world - and he's posting photos, videos, and comments about his journey online. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with Salopek, and education advisor Homa Tavangar, about the different things kids can learn by seeing the world through Paul's eyes.
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American Indian Leader Encouraged By White House Meeting

Native American leaders from across the country gathered at the White House recently for the fifth annual tribal summit. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with Brian Cladoosby, the newly elected president of the National Congress of American Indians, about the top issues in Indian country.

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