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For Many Florida Ex-Cons, Voting Booth Is Off-Limits

Nationwide, nearly 6 million people have lost the right to vote because of felony convictions. And while some states are making it easier for former felons to regain that right, Florida — with 1.5 million disenfranchised former felons — has taken the opposite approach.
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Mug Shot Time? Wipe That Smile Off Your Face

In a world of Facebook and TMZ, mug shots are as popular as ever. There are entire tabloids dedicated to the latest arrest snapshots. But in one North Carolina county, mugging too much for a mug shot can get you locked in a cell indefinitely.
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Docs Say Choose Organic Food To Reduce Kids' Exposure To Pesticides

It's important for kids to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, America's pediatricians say, but there are fewer pesticides and a potentially lower risk of exposure to drug-resistant bacteria in organic produce, if you can afford it.
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Sandwich Monday: The Grilled Cheese Doughnut

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try a new take on a sandwich classic. In the spirit of the KFC Double Down, which replaces bread with fried chicken, we make a grilled cheese using a doughnut in the place of the bread. It's a good first step on the path to replacing all of our food with doughnuts.

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Can U.S. Still Lead In Economic And 'Soft' Power?

When the presidential candidates hold their final debate Monday night, this one on foreign policy, they'll likely be asked to define their vision of America's role in the world. As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down, that role may shift back to economic and cultural leadership, scholars say.
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Going Beyond The Pink To Talk Breast Cancer

Magazine ads, restaurants, and even football teams go pink in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But beyond the paraphernalia, real women are dealing with the day in, day out struggle of the illness. Host Michel Martin speaks with three women — both current and former breast cancer patients — about their challenges, hopes and advice.
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Childhood Memories Of The Cuban Missile Crisis

It's been 50 years since the Cuban missile crisis had the U.S. on the brink of nuclear war with the Soviet Union. But the chaos and fear of those days are still alive in the memories of those who lived through it. Host Michel Martin talks with two Cuban-American women. One lived in Miami, and the other in Cuba during the conflict.

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