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50 Years On, Research On Sex Can Still Be A Lightning Rod

Virginia Masters, who died this week at age 88, pioneered the rigorous scientific study of sex. Even though the field has gone mainstream, scientists say they can still run into trouble with Congress and advocacy groups for choosing to look into sexual behavior and biology.
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Trayvon Martin's Mother Finds New Role As An Activist

Sybrina Fulton, mother of slain teen Trayvon Martin, is moving from the role of grieving parent to full-blown advocate. On Friday, Fulton spoke to the Urban League convention, where thousands are gathered. Meanwhile, a juror in the case is saying defendant George Zimmerman "got away with murder."
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Cleveland Kidnapper Pleads Guilty, Avoiding Death Penalty

The Cleveland man accused of kidnapping three women and holding them captive in his home has pleaded guilty to hundreds of charges in exchange for dodging the possibility of the death penalty. Ariel Castro's plea means there won't be a trial and the city of Cleveland can try move beyond his gristly crimes.
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The Yankees Want Him Out But Alex Rodriguez Wants To Stay

The New York Yankees and their star slugger Alex Rodriguez are embroiled in a very public dispute over his future. The Yankees want him gone, but Rodriguez says he's ready to play.
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San Diego Mayor Headed To Treatment After Harassment Claims

The mayor of San Diego, Bob Filner, says he's taking a leave of absence from his job to go into treatment. Over the past several days, numerous women have come forward with allegations of sexual harassment. Robert Siegel speaks with reporter Sandhya Dirks of member station KPBS in San Diego.
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Halliburton Pleads Guilty To Destroying Oil Spill Evidence

Halliburton has admitted to destroying evidence in the Deepwater Horizon case. The company pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and will pay a $200,000 fine.
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Replacing Ben Bernanke Is A Delicate Task

Senate Democrats are asking President Obama to nominate Janet Yellen as the next Federal Reserve Chairman. A letter signed by more than 50 senators is being viewed as an attempt to derail the candidacy of former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers.
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Can Software That Predicts Crime Pass Constitutional Muster?

Several cities have been experimenting with a computer program that predicts where crimes are likely to occur. But the software has raised unanswered questions about whether it's appropriate for police to stop people based on computer modeling.
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After Five Years, Why So Few Charges In Financial Crisis?

Federal prosecutors have been successfully obtaining convictions in a range of insider trading cases. Not so when it comes to activities by banks and other firms linked to the housing collapse and financial crisis of 2008. Experts say the reasons include the complexity of the cases and priorities of prosecutors.
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Hedge Fund SAC Capital Pleads Not Guilty To Fraud Charges

The government says it has "voluminous" evidence to prove the firm knowingly participated in insider trading over a 10-year period.

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