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Justice Kennedy At Center Of Gay Rights Decisions For A Decade

Justice Anthony Kennedy has now written two landmark gay rights decisions, emerging as cautious but pivotal voice in advance of same-sex marriage.
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Black Bear Roams In D.C., Days After Red Panda's Jaunt

First there was Rusty, the red panda. Now there are reports that a bear was captured in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, prompting (mostly unserious) concerns of a possible ursine siege on the nation's capital.
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'Devious Maids' On TV: Thumbs Up Or Down?

The new TV show Devious Maids is catching big buzz for the sexy and scandalous story lines - but not in a good way. Critics say the show perpetuates Latina stereotypes. Supporters say it's entertainment and gives Latina actresses some shine. Host Michel Martin asks the beauty shop ladies to weigh in.
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SCOTUS Ruling: A Giant Leap Forward For Gay Marriage

The Supreme Court ruled the federal Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, and handed same-sex marriage supporters a victory in California. Host Michel Martin speaks with professor of constitutional law, Margaret Russell, and Joe Infranco from Alliance Defending Freedom, about what the decisions mean.
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It's Time To Move On From The Past

In her regular "Can I Just Tell You" essay, host Michel Martin shares her thoughts on the Paula Deen controversy. Martin says it might be time for a truth and reconciliation commission in the U.S., to help people move on from insensitive things they did in the past.
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From Death Row To Free Man

Kirk Bloodsworth left death row 20 years ago. He was the first death row inmate in the U.S. proven innocent using DNA evidence. He talks with host Michel Martin about his time in prison, and his mission to end the death penalty.
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Angry Chinese Workers Resort To Direct Action

The U.S. executive of a Chinese factory was prevented by workers from leaving the facility following a decision to shut down part of the business and move the some jobs to India where wages are lower. The story shows how widespread labor-related strife is in the world's most populous nation, and how the bottom line dictates where jobs go.
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Men Pick Robotic Surgery For Prostate Cancer Despite Risks

Men with low-grade prostate cancer are choosing robotic surgery and other expensive treatments, even though they probably don't need treatment at all, a study says. Less testing and waiting before deciding to treat would reduce harmful side effects in many cases.
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After DOMA: What's Next For Gay Married Couples

With the Supreme Court declaring the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, the next move will likely be executive action by President Obama to equalize federal marriage benefits.
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Court Overturns DOMA, Sidesteps Broad Gay Marriage Ruling

A pair of 5-4 Supreme Court rulings struck down as unconstitutional a federal law denying benefits to same-sex couples and cleared the way for gay marriages to resume in California.

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