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Forensic Advances Raise New Questions About Old Convictions

William Richards was convicted of murder in 1997 after a forensic dentist identified a mark on the victim as a bite. Years later, the witness recanted after seeing a new forensic analysis. As forensic technology improves, more old convictions are likely to draw new challenges around the country.
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Massive Sinkhole In Louisiana Baffles Officials

The giant sinkhole is threatening a neighborhood in southern Louisiana. A salt mine collapsed last year, creating a series of problems regulators say they've never seen before, including tremors and oil and gas leaks and a sinkhole that covers 9 acres. Residents are losing patience.
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How A Patient's Suicide Changed A Doctor's Approach To Guns

Dr. Frank Dumont never thought of himself as being on the front lines of suicide prevention. But after the death of a patient he was particularly close to, he sees his role changing. He's seeking to reduce suicides by asking his patients about guns in their homes.
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Scientists: 'No Options' To Stop Massive Asteroids On Collision Course

Scientists told a Senate panel that getting caught off-guard by a space rock hurtling toward Earth would lead to devastating consequences.
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Pew Poll: For Many Who've Changed Same-Sex Marriage Views, It's Personal

Having a gay friend or family member has led many Americans to change their stance from opposing to supporting same-sex marriage.
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Circle Of Accountability Widens In Steubenville Rape Case

After two football players were convicted in the Steubenville rape trial, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says he will convene a grand jury in April to consider bringing charges against partygoers, school officials and parents who may share responsibility in the rape of a 16-year-old girl.
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We Have Liftoff: Apollo Rocket Engines Reportedly Pulled From Ocean Floor

Some of the most powerful U.S. rocket engines ever built have been raised from the depths off Florida. The Apollo-era motors are to be restored and put on display. Meanwhile, NASA has pulled unused copies of the same engine out of storage and fired them up as part of its program to build new heavy lift rockets.
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Iraq War: Retired Marine Faces The Past

It's been 10 years since the United States went to war in Iraq. And it hasn't been easy for soldiers to adjust to life back home. Host Michel Martin speaks with former Marine, Dario DiBattista, about some of the odd experiences he's had since returning — including meeting the widow of a solider he recruited.

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