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Army Corps' Options Dwindle Along With Mississippi River

The Army Corps of Engineers is working hard to deepen the Mississippi River's shipping channel. With water levels forecast to remain high enough only through January to float loaded barges, some say the only way to keep the river open next month will be to release water from the Missouri River.
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Journalist Eugene Patterson, Civil Rights Advocate, Dies

The Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist was editor of The Atlanta-Journal Constitution in the '60s and urged fellow Southern whites to support the civil rights movement. He died Saturday of complications from cancer.
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White House Says No To $1 Trillion Coin

Treasury Department spokesman Anthony Coley says that the White House has ruled out minting a $1 trillion coin to stave off another debt ceiling debate.
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Aaron Swartz, Reddit Co-Founder And Online Activist, Dies At 26

He was 14 when he co-authored RSS and later helped found the company that would became the social media website Reddit. Internet activist Aaron Swartz was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment, authorities say. He was 26.
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From Corn Belt To Main Street: The Drought's Far-Reaching Grasp

Record heat and relatively dry winters have created a historic drought in the U.S., but the ripple effects extend beyond the farmland and ranches. Low crop yields are driving up food prices, and dry conditions are causing forest fires and water main breaks. The costs are high, and it's still unclear if we'll see the end of it in 2013.
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Jeanne Manford: A Mother First, Gay Rights Activist Second

Jeanne Manford broke ground by speaking up for her son's rights as a gay man in the 1970s. She would go on to found the national support group Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, better known as PFLAG. She died this week at the age of 92.
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'Make Me Asian' App Sparks Online Backlash

This and another app, "Make me Indian," superimpose characteristics the developer thinks relate to those ethnic groups. An online petition is urging Google to remove the apps from its store, saying they reinforce and reproduce racist stereotypes.
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From The Bronx To The Bench: The Family Photos Of Justice Sotomayor

Interactive: Sonia Sotomayor shares intimate details about her life along with personal family photos. From a diabetes diagnosis to her father's alcoholism and her cousin's overdose, it was a long road to the Supreme Court.

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