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Texas, Mississippi National Guard Won't Process Same-Sex Claims

The two states say their own laws defining marriage as between a man and a woman conflict with a Department of Defense directive that went into effect on Tuesday.
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Ohio Is Publicly Shaming Another Convicted Idiot

For the second time in less than a year, a Cleveland judge has ordered a guilty party to stand outside with a sign saying he's been an idiot. In this case, the crime was calling 911 and drunkenly threatening police officers.
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Okla. Court Puts Hold On Return Of 'Baby Veronica' To S.C.

Adopted by a family in South Carolina, the little Native American girl was returned to her biological father nearly two years ago. It was decided that the Indian Child Welfare Act trumped state law. Since then, her adoptive parents have been fighting to get her back.
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Tailgaters Rejoice! This Cooler Keeps Beers Cold Without Ice

Just in time for the return of football season comes the Case Coolie, an innovation that aims to put an end to packing and hauling a cooler around. "It's a waste of electricity to freeze the ice and a waste of water," says product co-founder Nick Niehaus.
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UMass Breaks Record For Largest Fruit Salad

Incoming students at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst were greeted this week with 15,000 pounds of fresh fruit. It was the world's largest fruit salad — setting a Guinness record. It was served from a small swimming pool with shovels.
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Water Dispute Heightens Tensions Between U.S., Mexico

Mexico and the United States are supposed to share water according to a 70-year-old treaty that aims to protect each nation's needs. But prolonged drought is testing that relationship. Mexico is behind by 38 percent on its deliveries.
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Social Media Erupt On News Of Ariel Castro's Death

The man who tortured three young women for about a decade inside his Cleveland home apparently took his own life Tuesday in an Ohio prison. As Americans wake up to that news, many are expressing their outrage over his crimes and the way he reportedly chose to leave this world.
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Pew Study: More Americans Oppose Airstrikes On Syria

As congressional leaders line up behind President Obama's plan to strike Syria, a new poll from the Pew Research Center shows public opinion largely against even limited military action. Michael Dimock, director of the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, talks to Renee Montagne about the research.
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Obama Considers Training Options For Syrian Rebels

As Congress debates the Obama administration's plans for military action in Syria, the White House is looking at broader options. The president may call on the U.S. military to help build up the Syrian opposition.
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Congress Should Examine Fine Print When Voting On Syria

Potential U.S. military action in Syria has raised some big questions about the duty of the United States to intervene in other countries' affairs — as well as how the U.S. goes about such action. For some perspective, Steve Inskeep talks with novelist and Yale law professor Stephen L. Carter.

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