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Red-State Senators Face Activist Challengers From Within

Emboldened by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, and funded by organizations advocating small government, GOP activists are battling party incumbents for Senate seats in six states — and counting. They're even going after the Senate minority leader.
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Teacher Killed By 12-Year-Old Student Remembered

The community of Sparks, Nev., came together Wednesday night to remember Michael Landsberry, the teacher who was killed by a 12-year-old student who shot and wounded two others before taking his own life.
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Therapists Explore Dropping Solo Practices To Join Groups

In the past, many psychotherapists ran their own little businesses. But changes in health care coverage mean that many must start accepting insurance and doing paperwork. That's leading some therapists to form group practices or join large medical groups — and may lead to better care for patients.
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A 'Not Normal' Family That Knows How To Laugh At Itself

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of StoryCorps, we revisit Laura Greenberg, who told her daughter Rebecca about her gregarious parents — and her awkward first kiss with Rebecca's father, Carl. Now, it's his turn to share his side of the family story.
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Proposed Minimum Sentencing Law In Illinois Faces Scrutiny

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is the force behind a proposed state law that would require mandatory prison time for a firearm offense. The arguments over mandatory minimum prison terms center on whether mandatory sentences actually deter people from committing crimes or take away judicial discretion and further overcrowd prisons.
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How One D.C. Suburb Set A Gold Standard For Commuting

A risky, expensive decision by local planners in the 1960s transformed Arlington, Va. — where everyone drove — to a place where people live, walk, bike, eat, play and commute, all without ever getting behind the wheel.
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A Toddler Remains HIV-Free, Raising Hope For Babies Worldwide

The news that a baby born HIV-positive in Mississippi stayed HIV-free even though her mother stopped giving her anti-retroviral drugs sparked skepticism earlier this year. But a new report says that the girl is still virus-free at age 3. This could jumpstart a global study on super-early treatment of HIV-positive newborns.
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Widespread Plague In Wildlife Threatens Western Ecosystems

For most of us, plague is something that maybe we read about in history books. In the 14th Century, it wiped out half of Europe's population. But the bacteria is busy killing wildlife now in the American West. By studying small mammals scientists have learned that plague is far more pervasive a killer than anyone thought.
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U.K. Official Urges U.S. Government To Adopt A Digital Core

Does this sound familiar? A national IT project plagued with high-profile problems, integration breakdowns involving contractors, and taxpayers left footing a multimillion-dollar price tag: The scenario's playing out with HealthCare.gov, but a similar one in the U.K. led to major reforms.
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World War II Vet Awarded Medals 67 Years Later

Phillip Coon, a 94-year-old World War II Army veteran, POW and Bataan Death March survivor, finally received medals for his service Monday. Coon was awarded the Prisoner of War Medal, a Bronze Star and the Combat Infantryman Badge. Melissa Block speaks with Coon and his son, Michael, who is also an Army veteran.

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