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Buying Freedom Through Dressmaking

The new movie 'Lincoln' explores the last months of Abraham Lincoln's life and sheds light on prominent figures of the time. One lesser-known person is former slave Elizabeth Keckley. She became a close confidante to Mary Todd Lincoln. Host Michel Martin speaks with professor Clarence Lusane about Keckley's contributions to American history.
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'NY Post' Photographer: I Was Too Far Away To Reach Man Hit By Train

The horrifying image of a man's final moments before being hit by a subway train has sparked controversy. The Post has been criticized for publishing it. The photographer has been criticized for taking it. He's now talking about the effort he says he made to reach the victim.
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Medical Residents Work Long Hours Despite Rules

The traditions of medical education die hard. Many doctors in training still work extreme hours, despite rules that limit the lengths of shifts for medical residents. One residency director calls for doctors educated under the old system to stop bashing the younger generation for being soft.
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Famous Rudolph, Ohio, Postmark Will Shine On

After the staff of the village post office was cut to one, it wasn't clear whether the 80,000 Christmas parcels and cards that flow in would get the special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer postmark. But the Toledo Blade reports nearly 75 volunteers have stepped up to keep the tradition going.
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Deal Struck To End L.A. Port Strike; Walkout Was Delaying Billions In Goods

Clerical workers walked out a week ago, demanding guarantees that their jobs won't be outsourced in the future. Longshoremen wouldn't cross the picket lines, bringing the nation's busiest ports to a standstill. But work should resume there today.
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Senate Fails To Ratify U.N. Treaty On Disabilities

Republicans in the Senate on Tuesday blocked ratification of a U.N. treaty that would have helped countries protect the rights of disabled people. It was inspired by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Opponents argued, among other things, it would threaten the ability of parents in this country to home school their children.
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Deal Reached In Calif. Port Workers Strike

A tentative agreement has been reached to end an eight-day strike that crippled the nation's largest port complex. Shippers were prevented from delivering billions of dollars in cargo to warehouses and distribution centers across the country.

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