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'Mayors Against Illegal Guns' Push For Background Checks

"Mayors Against Illegal Guns," a group founded by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is airing ads pressuring members of Congress to pass gun control legislation. Melissa Block talks with Mark Glaze, the group's director, about the Senate compromise announced Wednesday and the group's strategy.
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A Mother's Fight Against 3 Strikes Law 'A Way of Life'

Shane Reams owes his freedom from prison in no small part to his mother's 17-year campaign to change California's tough three strikes sentencing law. Sue Reams' work is not done, she says, not when people are still in prison "for stupid things" like stealing baby food.
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Some States Hike Gas Tax; Va. Tries New Route To Fund Roads

Revenues from gas taxes often fall short of what's needed for repairs and construction of the nation's roads, so states are starting to take action. Some are considering an increase in the state gas tax while others are getting creative.
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American Tribe Fights To Halt Artifact Auction In Paris

Seventy objects sacred to Arizona's Hopi tribe are scheduled to hit the block Friday. Tribal members say the items were taken illegally and have asked U.S. officials to help stop the sale, which French auctioneers estimate the sale may bring in $1 million. A court hearing is set for Thursday in Paris.
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Mobile Clinic Looks Out For Detroit's Homeless

A new program in Detroit is targeting chronically homeless people who do not seek out medical help. A mobile medical team visits the homeless on their turf and aggressively follows up with these patients to help get them the medicine and care they need.
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'Til Faith Do Us Part': The Mixed Blessings Of Interfaith Marriage

In the 1950s, 20 percent of marriages in the U.S. were interfaith unions. By the first decade of the 21st century, the rate increased to 45 percent. While the decision is common, it comes with a unique set of challenges. In Til Faith Do Us Part, Naomi Schaefer Riley explains the risks and benefits.
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The Prickly Process Of Changing Your Name

Names are something that we carry with us all our lives. But we seldom think about what goes into choosing the right one. In a piece for Slate.com, Silas Hansen writes about his decision to change his birth name — Lindsay — as he told his family and friends that he was transgender.

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