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Held Dear In U.S., Free Speech Perplexing Abroad

Protesters in the Middle East and North Africa have demanded an apology from the U.S. government over a video that denigrates the Prophet Muhammad. While even highly offensive speech is protected by U.S. law, that level of protection is quite unique, even among many Western countries.
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FAMU Adjusts To Games Without Marching Band

For the first time in decades, the historically black college played its first home game of the season without its famous Marching 100 band. The band was suspended for the year after drum major Robert Champion died as a result of a hazing incident last November.
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Why Does China Want A Mural In Oregon Destroyed?

This summer, a businessman in an Oregon college town commissioned a huge mural depicting a Tibetan monk setting himself on fire. Soon after the mural went up, the Chinese consulate in San Francisco sent a letter to the city's mayor insisting it be removed before it "tainted" U.S.-China relations.
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China Offers Glimpse Of Another New Stealth Fighter

The leaked photos came just before a visit by U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Last year, the Chinese tested a stealth plane while the previous defense secretary, Robert Gates, was visiting. The moves are seen as an attempt by the Chinese to show off their rapidly expanding military technology.
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Chicago Goes Back To School For A Second Time

The union rank and file still must vote on whether to accept the contract hammered out between union leaders and city officials. And both sides will have some hard work ahead to repair the bad blood that erupted during the walkout.
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'Fast And Furious' Report Criticizes Program's Leaders

Justice Department watchdogs released a long-awaited report Wednesday on the Fast and Furious program, a failed gun sting operation in which the government lost track of as many as 2,000 guns. Carrie Johnson talks to Audie Cornish.
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Congress Is Busy, But Not With Legislative Business

Congress hasn't been doing much lately — at least in terms of congressional work. In terms of fundraising for their re-election campaigns, however, they're as busy as can be.
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Poll: Obama Leads Romney 3 To 1 On Some Topics

Robert Siegel speaks with Andrew Kohut, President of the Pew research Center, about the results of its latest poll on the presidential race. The results show that President Obama leads challenger Mitt Romney among likely voters. His lead is currently larger than the previous three winning presidential candidates had at this point before their elections.

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