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Pets Or Livestock? A Moral Divide Over Horse Slaughter

Horse slaughter is banned in the U.S., but thousands of American horses are shipped to Canada and Mexico for slaughter every year. Investors argue restarting the practice in the U.S. would be better for business and offer a more humane end for horses that are neglected under the current model.

Unions Open Their Doors Wider As Membership Falls

As the AFL-CIO wraps up its convention, union membership continues its long decline and blue collar workers struggle with eroding living standards and high rates of unemployment. Facing such dire trouble, the labor movement is seeking to attract members and partners who don't belong to unions.

Kerry's Syria Switch May Not Have Been Offhanded After All

Robert Siegel talks with Peter Nicholas, White House reporter for The Wall Street Journal, about the chain of events that led to a U.S.-backed Russian plan to have Syria hand over its chemical weapons.

Proposed Alaska Road Pits Villagers Against Environmentalists

A proposed road in Alaska is pitting residents against environmentalists. The people who live in a remote village want better access to an airport with year-round flights to Anchorage for medical emergencies. But the road would cut through a wilderness area, which environmentalists say would set a bad precedent.

Sexism In The Tech Industry Takes Center Stage

Over the weekend, a pair of sexually explicit presentations at a major tech conference laid bare a long-standing gender disparity problem in tech.

A Mother Receives Her Sons' Remains 12 Years After Attacks

Many families of Sept. 11 victims still get phone calls as their loved ones' remains are identified by DNA testing. That includes Sandra Grazioso, a New Jersey mother who lost two of her sons in the World Trade Center attacks.

Ceremonies Mark 12th Anniversary Of Sept. 11

Ceremonies across the country marked the 12th anniversary of Sept. 11 on Wednesday.

Vets Mark Sept. 11 Anniversary With Yosemite Climb

Fifteen Iraq and Afghanistan vets, many of them disabled, climbed Half Dome and El Capitan in Yosemite National Park on Sept. 11. The climb is the culmination of a three-day hike, which for many of the vets has had the therapeutic effect of reproducing a combat patrol — just without the bombs or bullets.

Conservatives Use Budget Deadline To Revive Obamacare Debate

House Republican leaders hope to put off a last-stand fight to "defund" Obamacare to a debt-ceiling showdown in October, rather than the bill to fund the government this month. So far, conservatives do not seem thrilled with the strategy.

On Sept. 11, Logan Airport Holds Fire Drill, With Smoke, Flames

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said the timing "could not be worse" and the decision to hold the drill was "just dumb." The airport apologized.