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Gun Metaphors Deeply Embedded In English Language

Gun-oriented language is so pervasive in American English that even Vice President Joe Biden, in a recent press conference about curbing gun violence, discussed "shooting" for a given deadline and the lack of a "silver bullet." Melissa Block speaks with Katherine Connor Martin, head of U.S. dictionaries for Oxford University Press, about how American English came to be peppered with so many of the terms.
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U.S. Gets Low Marks On Infrastructure From Engineers' Group

The condition of the nation's roads, bridges and other kinds of infrastructure has actually improved over the past few years, but only slightly, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers. It gives the U.S. a D-plus on its annual report card.
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Moorish Science Spin-Off Group Bucks Federal And State Laws

Melissa Block talks to Spencer Dew, assistant professor of religious studies at the Centenary College of Louisiana, about the history of Moorish Science and some of its followers' beliefs that they are exempt from federal and state laws.
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After 50 Years, A State Of Crisis For The Right To Counsel

On Mar. 18, 1963, the U.S. Supreme Court rules that state courts are required to provide counsel in criminal cases to those unable to afford it. Just before the 50th anniversary of the decision, Attorney General Eric Holder said that the nation's public defense systems "exist in a state of crisis."
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The Art Of Negotiating Intractable Conflicts

The tensions between Israelis and Palestinians are one of many long-standing conflicts often described as intractable. Conflict negotiation experts employ various strategies to tackle big problems, ranging from divorce and property management to ethnic, religious and international conflict.
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'We Survived Iraq': An Iraqi Makes A New Home In North Carolina

Ali Hamdani worked for NPR in Iraq and narrowly survived a 2008 car bomb attack. He's among a relatively small number of Iraqis who have been allowed to resettle in the U.S., and he considers himself lucky.
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Supreme Court OKs Discounted Resale Of 'Gray Market' Goods

The Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that U.S. companies that make and sell products abroad cannot prevent those items from being resold in the U.S., even at steep discounts. The decision could have repercussions that extend from U.S. trade policy to local yard sales.

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