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When Does A Tree Go From Decorative To Dangerous?

Most people like trees — right up until a storm like last Friday's mid-Atlantic "derecho" knocks one into their car. So when is a tree merely nice to look at and when does it become a hazard? Robert Siegel talks to Tchukki Andersen, a staff arborist at the Tree Care Industry Association, about how homeowners can safely care for their trees.
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How Will States Set Up Health Care Exchanges?

Melissa Block talks to Alan Weil about one of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act — health insurance exchanges for states. Weil is executive director of the National Academy for State Health Policy.
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Judge Sets George Zimmerman's Bond At $1 Million

A judge in Sanford, Florida, has set George Zimmerman's bail at $1 million, which means Zimmerman can be released while awaiting trial on charges of shooting and killing Trayvon Martin. But in his order, the judge expressed anger at Zimmerman's actions hiding some $200,000 from the court. He says Zimmerman "flaunted" the legal system and it appears he was preparing to flee to avoid prosecution, but his plans were thwarted. Greg Allen talks to Robert Siegel.
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Military's Green Energy Criticized By Congress

The military says it's dangerous to depend exclusively on fossil fuels, and has launched a program to develop alternative fuels for use by military vehicles. Energy consumption is a big expense for the Pentagon. But some members of Congress don't think the military should be a laboratory for finding energy alternatives, and say the military should not be spending money on this kind of research at a time when defense dollars are shrinking.
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Website Tests How Political Opposites Actually Discuss Differences

It's called "Political Screaming Match," but a new site that connects political opposites for one-one-one discussions over issues as divisive as the health care law is testing whether the human touch helps to assuage partisan anger.
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Heat Waves, Power Outages, Wildfires: The Misery Continues

Though there's some good news about progress fighting fires in the West and restoring power in the East, that's small comfort to millions who are still suffering.

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