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One Family's Story Shows How The Cycle Of Poverty Is Hard To Break

Desiree Metcalf did not just become poor. A lot of bad things happened to get her there. Like many others who are poor, she doesn't have just one or two problems, but a whole pile of them.
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Vermont's GMO Bill Expected To Face Major Legal Challenges

Vermont gets ready to become the first state to require food producers to label products that are genetically modified, but not without preparing for major legal battles with companies like Monsanto.
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Telepsychiatry Brings Emergency Mental Health Care To Rural Areas

Many North Carolina counties have no psychiatrists, so emergency rooms are experimenting with beaming in the doctor on video. The hospital can then provide needed treatment.
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Shinseki: 'Swift Action' If Problems At VA Hospital Are True

The Veterans Affairs secretary says he takes seriously allegations that some patients at a Phoenix hospital may have died while waiting a year or more for treatment.
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From The Ocean Deep To The Courtroom: A Tale Of Sunken Treasure

When the SS Central America sunk in 1857, it took down tons of gold with it. Gary Kinder, author of Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea, tells the fraught tale of shipwreck and recovered treasure.
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VA Secretary Responds To Call For His Resignation

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki responds to calls for his resignation, following reports of veterans dying while waiting for treatment.
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For Many, Farming Is A Labor Of Love, Not A Living

There are more than 2 million farmers in this country, but most of them have other jobs that bring in the money, retirement benefits and health insurance that they need.
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After Six Decades As A Staple, 'Jet Mag' Ends Its Print Run

It's the end of an era, as the Johnson Publishing Company announced plans to cease printing Jet Magazine. The magazine, which started some 63 years ago, was long a staple for many African-Americans.
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Department Of Education Brings Home A Disappointing Report Card

The Department of Education has released its latest math and reading scores for 12th graders. The scores offer little good news for educators, with results low and largely unchanged since 2009.
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Seeking Better Ways To Tell If Surgery Is Too Risky

Half of all surgery in the U.S. is performed on people over 65, yet many have health conditions that make it riskier. It turns out that the frailer people are, the less likely they'll survive.

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