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Election Marked Major Gains For Gay Rights Activists

Victories for same-sex marriage activists in four states last week mark a turnaround for them at the ballot box, following losses in 2004 and 2008. The wins come at a time when gay people seem to be enjoying broader acceptance in the U.S. Audie Cornish talks with New Yorker writer Alex Ross. Ross wrote a recent essay about the evolution of the gay rights movement in America.
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Supercomputers Act Like Talent Magnets

Titan, the new supercomputer at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, has been crowned the fastest in the world. It can clock 17.59 petaflops (quadrillions of calculations per second). Audie Cornish talks to Steve Henn for more.
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Writing Project Helps Veterans Cope After War

This Veterans Day marks the first issue launch of O-Dark-Thirty, a literature quarterly composed entirely of veterans' fiction and non-fiction. It's published by The Veterans Writing Project, a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. Robert Siegel speaks with retired Army Lt. Col. Ron Capps, now an award-winning author and director of the project.
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Georgia Immigration Law Trips Up Doctors And Nurses

A new immigration law in Georgia requires everyone licensed by the state to prove citizenship. But the law is having an unintended consequence: many health care workers, included doctors and nurses, are losing their licenses because of a paperwork backlog.
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Firestorm Erupts Over Virginia's Education Goals

The state's school board wants to measure progress in math and reading differently for students based on race and ethnicity. Supporters say the new passing rates take into account students' different starting points. Critics charge the mandates are "backwards-looking."
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When A Child Comes Home From War

Since 2001, more than 1.9 million sons and daughters have been deployed to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan. For many young veterans, homecoming can be a time of mixed emotions and changing family dynamics after a life-changing experience at war.

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