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Young People Push Back Against Gender Categories

As society has become more accepting of gays, lesbians and even transgender people, a new generation of young people is challenging those categories in favor of a more fluid understanding of gender. They refuse to be limited by notions like male and female.
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'Living Wage' Laws Create Both Winners And Losers

Wal-Mart's long-standing plans to come to Washington, D.C., are now up in the air. The city council passed a living wage law that would require the world's largest retailer to pay $12.50 an hour, more than the city's current $8.25 minimum wage. To learn more about living wage bills throughout the country, Audie Cornish speaks to David Neumark, professor of economics and director of the Center for Economics and Public Policy at the University of California, Irvine.
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Senate Democrats Back Off 'Nuclear Option' To End Filibusters

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his Democrats took their support for President Obama's executive nominations to the brink of the "nuclear option," but then cut a deal with Republicans to pull back.
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Eavesdropping On Nature Gives Clues To Biodiversity

Biologists who study the lives of animals can learn a lot simply by listening to them. The problem is that natural sounds can be far easier to record than to analyze. So scientists are working to automate the process with automated systems that do the identifying for them.
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Coming Of Age In The Era Of Oscar Grant And Trayvon Martin

In the aftermath of the George Zimmerman verdict, a Youth Radio reporter talks about his coming of age as a young black man in Oakland, where violence has been the backdrop to his life.
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A Dark Family Secret Hidden For Years In Alaska's 'Wilderness'

When the Pilgrim family first arrived in Alaska, they looked to be from another century. They didn't use calendar months, they called their father "Lord," and they knew how to live in the wild. But, as Tom Kizzia writes in Pilgrim's Wilderness, that rugged facade helped conceal a history of abuse.
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Can Oysters With No Sex Life Repopulate The Chesapeake Bay?

Scientists and watermen have joined forces to plant underwater farms in the Chesapeake with a special oyster bred to be sterile. Instead of using energy to reproduce, these oysters use it all to grow — twice as fast as normal.
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D.C. Wage Rift Puts Spotlight On Wal-Mart's Urban Push

Wal-Mart's plans to come to Washington, D.C., are up in the air after the City Council voted to require the world's largest retailer to pay workers a living wage. The case highlights some of the difficulties — and opportunities — big-box stores sometimes face entering urban markets.
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Unlikely Allies Shake Up Military Sex Assault Debate

By signing on to liberal Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's bill to remake the military justice system, conservative Sens. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul have aggravated some in their party.
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Investigation Reveals A Military Payroll Rife With Glitches

A new investigative report from Reuters special enterprise correspondent Scot Paltrow details how the antiquated and error-ridden payroll system for the U.S. military is erroneously cutting soldiers' paychecks and causing terrible hardship.

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