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Paula Deen: Child Of Dixie, Meet The Internet Age

Revelations that celebrity chef Paula Deen admitted to using a racial epithet have inspired some pretty funny punning online. But they've also raised questions whether the controversy will see Deen's buttery empire crumble.
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The Desegregation Of Birmingham's Golf Courses

This week Audie Cornish takes us deeper into the news that shaped the city of Birmingham, Alabama in the summer of 1963. Today, she visits the Boswell-Highlands golf course and talks to black golfers about the journey to desegregate the city's public greens.
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Gandolfini Suffered Cardiac Arrest On Family Trip, Reports Say

Actor James Gandolfini died of cardiac arrest in Italy, The Los Angeles Times reports, citing the doctor in charge of the emergency department at the hospital where the Sopranos star was admitted. The actor was traveling in a group that included his son, his wife, and other family members.
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House Smacks Down Farm Bill, And Farm Lobby, Too

In the past, the House might have let the Agriculture Committee have its way. Not this year. Democrats voted overwhelmingly against the bill, in large part because it cut an estimated $2 billion each year from nutrition programs like SNAP, or food stamps.
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Stuff You Might Have Missed In The Paula Deen Brouhaha

Some people are ready to batter and fry the Food Network star after reports that she admitted in a deposition to using racial slurs in the past. But there's other, well, interesting stuff in the deposition transcript. We share some of it here.
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Why The Immigration Fight Seems Like The NBA Finals

Like the contest between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs, the effort to pass a comprehensive immigration bill in Congress is proving wildly unpredictable.
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Rouge Jumpers Parachute From Top Of Chicago's Trump Tower

Three people are thought to have parachuted off of the building.
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Group That Claimed To 'Cure' Gays Disbands, Leader Apologizes

Exodus International, the Evangelical Christian ministry that sought to change the sexual orientation of gays and lesbians has announced it is shutting down. The move came directly after the group's president issued an apology to the gay community for being part of a "system of ignorance" that hurt the LGBT community.
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Farm Bill Meets Surprise Defeat In U.S. House

The U.S. House defeated its version of the farm bill this afternoon. The bill would have cut the food stamps program and transformed subsidies for farmers from direct payments to crop insurance premium support. But Republicans lost 60 of their own members who voted no, along with most Democrats.
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Supreme Court: Provision In AIDS Law Violates Free Speech

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that the government cannot force private health organizations to denounce prostitution to get money to fight HIV/AIDS overseas.

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