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Kerry's Agenda: Priorities Emerge With Travel

Secretary of State John Kerry has been in office for less than three months and as he travels the globe, his priorities are becoming clearer. He's trying to find a diplomatic solution to the Syrian crisis, revive Israeli Palestinian talks and convince China to use its influence with North Korea to resolve that issue diplomatically.
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Ala. Juke Joint Shuttered After More Than 50 Years

Longtime blues joint Gip's Place, in Bessemer, Ala., has been forced to close its doors. Weekend Edition profiled the place two years ago. Host Scott Simon takes note of the closing.
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Officials Aren't Linking Man's Arrest To Texas Explosion

A former emergency services volunteer in West, Texas, is under arrest for allegedly possessing an explosive device. But investigators say they have not tied him to the April 17 fire and explosion at a fertilizer plant that devastated the community.
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Frozen Lakes Cut Into Minnesota Fishing Tradition

Saturday is the opening of the walleye fishing season, and it's usually one of the busiest weekends for the state's resort communities. This year, many of the lakes in northern Minnesota are still iced over, putting a chill on the season.
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Sequester Has Air Force Clipping Its Wings

Automatic budget cuts have pushed Air Force bases to slash their flying budgets even though it means grounding pilots and reducing readiness. The cancellations are boosting the arguments of those who want the military excepted from sequestration cuts.
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Tiny Mites Spark Big Battle Over Imports Of French Cheese

Microscopic bugs called cheese mites are responsible for the distinctive rind and flavor of the bright orange French cheese Mimolette. But now, the FDA has blocked more than a ton of Mimolette from entering the country, because the agency says the mites left on it make it unfit for consumption.
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Newtown Panel Votes To Build New School At Sandy Hook Site

After multiple meetings about whether to renovate, rebuild or relocate, town leaders voted to tear down the elementary school in which 26 children and educators were killed in a mass shooting in December.

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