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Often, For-Profit Firms, Not FDA, Inspects Food

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, foodborne illnesses kill some 3,000 people in the U.S. each year. Often, the job of keeping America's food supply safe falls to for-profit companies with connections to the food producers they're supposed to inspect.
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Photo Of Dying WWII Veteran Casting Last Vote Inspires Thousands

Frank Tanabe, 93, is on his deathbed. But he wanted to vote one last time. The photo his grandson posted has gone viral. During World War II, Tanabe volunteered to serve in the military while being held in a California internment camp.
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There's A Reason They Call It A Battleground State

Ohio has been a key swing state in the last three presidential races. But there's a tone in the state this year that seems to go beyond any divisiveness that we've witnessed before. And it runs from the presidential contest to the Senate clash to a particularly bitter House race.
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Monster Beverage Under Fire As Reports Link Deaths To Its Energy Drinks

Newly released death reports and a lawsuit against Monster Energy raise more questions and public scrutiny on the risks of drinking the high levels of caffeine found in supersized energy drinks, especially in teens.
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Florida Officials Investigate Fake Voter Eligibility Letters

It's a sign that Election Day is getting closer: increasing reports of efforts to intimidate or mislead voters. Letters from an unknown source have been sent to voters in at least 20 Florida counties questioning their citizenship and eligibility to vote.
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Homeowners' Deductions: Economic Boost Or Burden?

The mortgage interest tax deduction lets homeowners deduct the interest they pay on home loans. Some economists say it should be eliminated, but many homeowners fear a change would wreak their budgets. Host Michel Martin talks about the issue with NPR's Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax.
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Debate Round 3: Split Decision Or Knock Out?

The presidential candidates squared off in their final debate on Monday, sparring over foreign policy and national security. Host Michel Martin discusses the debate with speechwriters Mary Kate Cary, who has worked with Republicans, and Paul Orzulak, who has worked with Democrats.
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Restraint And Seclusion: Discipline Gone Too Far?

At some schools, unruly children are physically restrained or isolated in so-called seclusion rooms. Critics like investigative journalist Bill Lichtenstein say the methods are often abusive and must stop. He wrote about his own daughter's experience in an opinion piece for The New York Times. He talks with host Michel Martin.

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