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Federal Investigators Search Pharmacy Linked To Meningitis Outbreak

The probe into how patients who were given steroid shots apparently contracted meningitis now includes criminal investigators. At least 15 deaths have been linked to the outbreak.
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In Battleground Nevada, Voters We Met In February Offer Few October Surprises

With eyes on the presidential debate in New York, we decided to turn ours to the swing state of Nevada, where President Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney are battling mightily over the state's small but crucial trove of six electoral votes. We caught up with three voters we first met last winter.
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Home Health Aides: In Demand, Yet Paid Little

The home care workforce is one of the nation's fastest growing, yet its 2.5 million members — nearly all women — are also among the worst paid. With fears of a labor shortage as baby boomers age, there are efforts to make the job more attractive.
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Louisiana To Soon Have State's First Black Chief Justice

Justice Bernette Johnson has the seniority that entitles her to take the seat when the current chief justice steps down at the end of January, the court ruled today. A racially charged challenge had been raised by some of her colleagues.
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Movin' On Up? That May Depend On Your Last Name

Economic historian Gregory Clark's study of social mobility traced surnames and found that a person's success in life may be largely determined by the status of ancestors hundreds of years ago. That means improving opportunities across generations might be a lot harder than anyone imagined.
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6 Things Surnames Can Say About Social Mobility

Here, some takeaways from new research that finds that families rise and fall across generations at a much slower rate than anyone thought. For example, the research finds that French-Canadian immigrants are a disadvantaged minority in the U.S.
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Should We Ration End-Of-Life Care?

In a debate of ethics and policy, a panel of experts examine the cost of end-of-life care and whether it should be controlled. This emotionally difficult issue is the center of the latest installment of Intelligence Squared U.S.
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Farmer Tackling Monsanto's Seed Policy Gets A Day In Supreme Court

Whether food giant Monsanto's practice of patenting crop seeds is legal when farmers have little opportunity to find alternatives may finally get a review from the Supreme Court this year. It has agreed to hear a case in which a farmer planting Monsanto seeds without paying.
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In The Second Debate, It's All About The Counterpunch

During tonight's presidential debate, President Obama will want to cast Mitt Romney as an unacceptable, unreliable choice. But Republicans think their man can come close to sealing the deal simply by doing what he in the first debate. Both candidates will need to fire up supporters without coming off as nakedly partisan.

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Can College Students Handle Their Own Finances?

America's student loan debt is more than one trillion dollars, according to government agencies. Now, a former professor says high schools and colleges need to do more to help students manage their debt load. Host Michel Martin speaks with writer Laura McKenna about her online op-ed for The Atlantic.

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