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U.S. Military's Suicide Rate Surpassed Combat Deaths In 2012

The number of deaths by suicide in the U.S. military surged to a record 349 last year — more than the 295 Americans who died fighting in Afghanistan in 2012. The numbers were first reported by the AP; NPR has confirmed them.
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Poll Says Gun-Rights Supporters Fund Their Cause; Opponents Don't

A new Pew poll on gun laws shows overwhelming support among Americans on a few issues, like closing the so-called gun show loophole; a wide partisan split on more contentious measures, like banning assault weapons; and a glimpse into why the nation's gun lobby may be so successful.
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Homeless Seek Shelter, Crops Suffer Amid Southwest Cold Snap

With consecutive days of subfreezing temperatures, homeless shelters say they're short on supplies and their budgets are stretched. Meanwhile, farmers are working to fight freezing temperatures that could affect the size and quality of this year's crops.
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Women With A Berry-Snacking Habit May Have Healthier Hearts

Love berries? It seems a habit of eating them three times a week may stave off heart attacks, at least in middle-aged women, according to a new study. That's because of compounds called anthocyanins found in these brightly colored gems.
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Military Suicides Hit Record High In 2012

Military suicides went up again in 2012, as defense officials and Congress grappled with what to do. Of the 349 suicides, there were 182 in the active-duty Army, compared to 165 in 2011.
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Obama Warns Of Dangerous Consequences If Debt Limit Isn't Raised

President Obama gave the last news conference of his first term on Monday. The president said Congress must break the habit of negotiating its way through crisis over and over again.
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U.S. Considers Involvement In Mali As Extremists Seize Territory

The U.S. is mulling over ways to help France, as the French military continues its bombing raids in Northern Mali. The State Department says it shares the French goal of restoring order in part of that African country which is now overrun by extremists, including an al-Qaida affiliate. But the U.S. has long argued that the solution needs to be African-led, so the Obama administration — while offering France some "limited logistical support" — is also trying to speed up efforts to train an African intervention force for Mali.
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Survey: Broad U.S. Support For Some Gun Control Proposals

Audie Cornish speaks with Michael Dimock, director of the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, about a new study out on gun control options and beliefs.

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