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Rodeo Clown Who Wore Obama Mask Is Banned From State Fair

The fallout continues from Saturday's performance, during which the clown in the "Obama" mask and others mocked the president. Politicians from both sides of the aisle have condemned the act. Rush Limbaugh, meanwhile, puts part of the blame on the president.
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Why Modern Latinas Are A Challenge To Marketers

The market research firm Nielsen has published a report on the Latina consumer. According to Nielsen, Hispanic women are a key growth engine in the American marketplace. The Latina population is growing while the white, non-Hispanic female population is dropping.
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Judge: Stop-And-Frisk Policy Violates Rights

Reaction in New York has been mixed to Monday's court ruling over the NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy. A judge ruled the policy is unconstitutional and amounts to "indirect racial profiling" of young men of color.
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'Whitey' Bulger Found Guilty of Murder, Racketeering

A jury in Boston on Monday convicted mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger of 31 counts of racketeering and murder. Bulger ruled the city's underworld for nearly two decades.
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Holder Unveils New Approach To Criminal Justice

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder outlined changes Monday to ease overcrowding prisons in a speech to the American Bar Association in San Francisco. David Greene talks to Ohio State University law professor Douglas Berman about the plan to ease mandatory sentences for drug offenders.
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Communities Debate Whether Sharing Services Saves Money

Money-strapped municipalities are increasingly sharing services with neighboring governments. Advocates say consolidating police, fire and other departments protect them from budget cuts. Critics worry about emergency response capabilities and wonder if the savings are really there.
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Retired Teacher Has Hope Poor Community Will Rebound

Renee Montagne and David Greene report on how a longtime teacher in Virginia has hope for her impoverished county. Tammy Smith retired this summer from 32 years in Dickenson County public schools. That county is one of the poorest in Virginia.
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Obamacare: People With Disabilities Face Complex Choices

The Affordable Care Act sets up categories of essential health benefits that insurance plans must cover. Some categories, such as maternity care and drug abuse treatment, are straightforward. But "habilitative services" — including treatments like physical and speech therapy — are much more subjective.
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Colorado Vault Is Fort Knox For The World's Seeds

At Colorado State University, billions of seeds and other genetic material sit inside a giant storage vault. They're kept there in case of a loss of plant or animal life on a regional or global scale. But the investigation into GMO wheat in Oregon has raised questions about security at the facility.
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A Closer Look At Elon Musk's Much-Hyped Hyperloop

Existing concepts in science like linear induction motors and magnetic levitation are back in the spotlight thanks to Elon Musk's proposal for a rail system that can travel faster than the speed of sound.

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