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Beat It, Bidders: Marshals Cancel Jackson Jr. Auction

Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. will soon head to jail for misusing campaign funds. The U.S. Marshals Service wants to auction off some of the things he bought with that money. But there are questions about the authenticity of a guitar supposedly signed by Michael Jackson and Eddie Van Halen.
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Tech Week That Was: New iOS Design And Grand Theft Auto

The week brought new iPhones, iOS 7, Grand Theft Auto V and conversations about how social media are benefiting our brains. And federal regulators are weighing whether phones can be unlocked legally so that consumers can more easily move them between carriers.
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Is Public Numb To Mass Shootings?

Thirteen people died earlier this week during a shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. But some people are saying the tragedy didn't get enough attention and Americans are becoming desensitized to mass shootings. Host Michel Martin asks the Barbershop guys what they think. Culture critic Jimi Izrael, law professor Paul Butler, writer Mario Loyola and youth mentor Farajii Muhammad weigh in.
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Insider: 'Nobody Wins' In Budget Showdown

A government shutdown could be looming if political leaders can't work out a federal budget deal. Host Michel Martin asks two former White House insiders, Ron Christie and Corey Ealons, what Congress and the president have to do to a shutdown.
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Frustrated Adoptive Parents Turn To Online 'Exchanges'

An investigative report by Reuters reveals an online haven where frustrated adoptive parents can hand off children to strangers with virtually no oversight. Investigative reporter Megan Twohey speaks with host Michel Martin about the findings.
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Food Stamp Fight: Great For GOP Base But Not For Outreach

The House GOP's vote on food stamps is a long way from George W. Bush's "compassionate conservatism" approach. The former president isn't fondly remembered by progressives for much, but anti-hunger advocates credit him for his strong support of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
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House GOP Votes To Fund Government, Kill Obamacare

The continuing resolution would technically forestall a government shutdown, but Democrats say its provision to defund the Affordable Care Act is dead on arrival in the Senate.
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Praise Pours In For Dairy Queen Manager Who Helped A Blind Man

Joey Prusak saw a visually impaired man drop a $20 bill — and then watched as another customer picked it up and tried to say it was hers. The story of what he did next went viral. Prusak refused to serve the woman who had pocketed the money and gave the blind customer $20 from his own pocket.
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In First Step, Syria Outlines Chemical Weapons Program

An international watchdog based in the Netherlands says it has received an "initial declaration" of chemical weapons from Damascus.
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Part-Time Judge Picks Laughs Over The Law

Vince Sicari presided as a part-time judge in South Hackensack, N.J., until his moonlighting as standup comic and TV actor took center stage. Because some of his characters were racist and homophobic, the state ethics committee ruled that he had to choose. He appealed. New Jersey's Supreme Court also said choose, and Sicari resigned from the bench.

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