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Cancellation Of Putin Meeting Highlights U.S.-Russia Tensions

President Obama has decided against a one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in September. The two leaders had tentatively planned to get together for talks in Moscow after they attend the G-20 meeting in St. Petersburg. A key reason that Washington scuttled the summit was Putin's decision to grant temporary asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. American authorities want him returned to the U.S. to stand trial. A White House statement acknowledged that the U.S. and Russia have made progress on some issues, but not so much on others. In a statement, President Obama said "given our lack of progress on issues such as missile defense and arms control, trade and commercial relations, global security issues, and human rights and civil society in the last twelve months, we have informed the Russian Government that we believe it would be more constructive to postpone the summit until we have more results from our shared agenda."
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Attorneys Assigned To Fort Hood Shooter Want To Back Out

There was an unexpected hold-up on day two of the court martial of Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, accused of gunning down fellow soldiers at Fort Hood. His "standby" attorneys have told the judge that don't believe it's ethical for them to keep assisting a man who they believe is trying to get the death penalty.
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Climate Change Could Spell Final 'Chuckle' For Alpine Frog

The Cascades frog used to occupy alpine zones from California to the Canadian border, but its range is shrinking as global temperatures increase and snowpack declines. Scientists are hiking deep into the mountains of the Northwest to study the tiny frog, which makes a call that has been described as a "chuckling" sound.
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Arizona Firefighter's Widow May Fight City Over Benefits

The city of Prescott, Ariz., says Andrew Ashcraft was a seasonal employee when he was killed in late June along with an elite firefighting crew. His widow, Juliann Ashcraft, insists he was not — and vows to fight for full benefits.
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Bring Home The Bacon Or Put It In A Meat Locker?

If you're suddenly the proud owner of 25 pounds of pork or chicken, your freezer may feel the hurt. So marketers at the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Ithaca, N.Y., are piloting a community meat locker where consumers can store large quantities of meat purchased through meat shares.
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After Immigration Bust, Herb Grower Tries A New Path

One of the nation's largest herb producers once relied heavily on undocumented labor, but has learned some hard lessons since an immigration crackdown. He says transitioning to a legal workforce was well worth it, but that navigating a cumbersome foreign worker program has been challenging.
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3 Extradition Cases That Help Explain U.S.-Russia Relations

U.S.-Russian relations suffered a blow when President Obama pulled out of a planned bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin over the Edward Snowden situation. But the two countries have been here before.
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'Paying Till It Hurts': Why American Health Care Is So Pricey

New York Times correspondent Elisabeth Rosenthal is spending a year investigating why American medical bills are so much higher than in other developed countries. She tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross, "Every part of the [U.S.] system needs to rethink the way it's working."
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Are Race-Based Goals In Education Helpful?

While civil rights groups are critical of Florida's race-based education goals, the policy's defenders argue that it sets ambitious - but realistic - achievement targets. Host Michel Martin talks with Krista Kafer, chief of the policy group Colorado's Future Project.
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Will Changing Cancer Terminology Change Treatment?

Cancer is one of the most frightening diagnosis someone can get, but it might become less common. That's because the National Cancer Institute is asking the medical community to redefine what it calls cancer. Host Michel Martin finds out about the benefits and possible side effects.

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