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This Tiny Town Is Trying To Stop Neo-Nazis From Taking Over

Leith, N.D.'s residents want to keep control of their town out of the hands of white supremacists. Craig Cobb moved to Leith last year after purchasing 12 properties and he's given most of them away to people who are notorious in the white separatist movement.
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Study Finds Mixed Results For Back Braces To Treat Scoliosis

Children with scoliosis often are told to wear back braces. But the evidence that the braces prevents further curvature of the spine has been limited. A clinical trial finds that bracing helps, but it's hard to tell in advance who will benefit and who will be fine without wearing a brace.
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Will The U.S. Grant A Visa To Sudan's Indicted Leader?

The U.S. is supposed to allow everyone to come to the annual United Nations General Assembly, which opens next week. But Washington has yet to rule on the visa application by Omar al-Bashir, the Sudanese president who's been indicted on genocide charges by the International Criminal Court.
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Pennsylvania Police Chief Fired Months After Video Rants

Mark Kessler, who served as police chief in Gilberton, Pa., posted profanity-laced videos in July that denounced liberals, the United Nations and Secretary of State John Kerry.
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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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