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Is It Wise To Bank At Big Box Retailers?

Big box stores sell groceries, tools, and now even offer home mortgages. But critics warn the financial products aren't regulated like they are at banks. Host Michel Martin discusses the pros and cons of big box banking with New York Times business reporter Stephanie Clifford.
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Dads Weigh In On Work-Life Balance

There's a lot of talk about how working moms balance their duties at the office and at home. But some dads are asking why they aren't included in the conversation. Host Michel Martin discusses fatherhood and the work-life balance with researcher Kenneth Matos, and dads Ken Gordon, Brian Tessier and Corey Dade.
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Rare Meat Allergy Caused By Tick Bites May Be On The Rise

The rare condition is starting to be seen outside of the Lone Star tick's known territory in the southeastern U.S. Scientists say this could be due to an expansion of tick territory or simply that people are being diagnosed after they leave the area.
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Taking Aim At Restrictions On Medical Questions About Gun Ownership

A Florida law prohibits doctors from discussing gun ownership with patients. After some doctors fought the law in court, a federal judge blocked its enforcement. Now the state has appealed the injunction, and advocates for both sides are weighing in.
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Fiscal Cliff Compromise: Devil Is In The Definition Of Revenue

It's now widely agreed that steering away from the fiscal cliff — the combination of spending cuts and tax increases set to hit at the start of the year — will require some combination of revenue increases and spending cuts. The central sticking point could well be whether President Obama and Congress can agree on the definition of revenue.
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Tough Choices In Baltimore Housing Cleanup

Baltimore has thousands of abandoned houses. It also has one of the nation's most comprehensive programs to clean them up. It focuses on selling houses in neighborhoods near key employers and other attractions, and demolishes buildings in less viable areas of the city. But the plan requires government officials to make some hard choices about which neighborhoods are worth saving.
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To Fight Tick-Borne Disease, Someone Has To Catch Ticks

A Rhode Island researcher is a master at collecting deer ticks where other people overlook them. He caught 15,000 of them last year, and his success is a sign of a growing problem. Tick-borne diseases are on the rise.

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