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The Voting Rights Act: Hard-Won Gains, An Uncertain Future

The Supreme Court overturned a key provision of the civil rights-era legislation in June. Free of past restrictions, some states acted quickly to change their voting laws, and it is now up to Congress to figure out where the act goes from here and how to continue to protect voters from discrimination.
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Military Sexual Assault Bill Would Reassign Authority

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand wants to give independent military prosecutors, rather than commanders, the power to decide which cases should be tried in military court.
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Michigan Governor Doesn't Want Bailout For Detroit

Gov. Rick Snyder tells CBS' Face the Nation that he neither expects the offer of federal financial assistance nor thinks it would be a good idea.
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Police In East Cleveland Discover Bodies Wrapped In Plastic

A 35-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the discovery of the three sets of remains.
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Author: Obama's Comments Were Calculated

But the president's remarks on the Trayvon Martin shooting case are also useful in opening white America's eyes to black America's experience, says author and commentator John McWhorter. McWhorter speaks with Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin.
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Innocence, After Serving 11 Years On A Wrongful Conviction

In 1982, Dennis Fritz and Ron Williamson were convicted of a brutal rape and murder in a small town in Oklahoma. The same DNA evidence that overturned Fritz and Williamson's convictions incriminated another man, who was later found guilty for the crimes.
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Fighting Fire With Fire: Why Some Burns Are Good For Nature

Fire is a natural part of the western landscape, and a push over the last century to eliminate fires has threatened the habitats that some plants and animals need. In a Montana valley, fire scientists are trying to show that they can actually save wilderness by burning it.
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A Woman Among Men: Female Firefighter Blazed A Trail

The Arlington County Fire Department in Virginia was the first in the nation to hire a woman into a full-time position to fight fires. But women in that career remain under-represented, and the county is promoting the fire service to teenage girls, hoping they'll follow in Judy Brewer's footsteps.
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High-End Stores Use Facial Recognition Tools To Spot VIPs

Some retailers have experimented with using signals from customers' smartphones to track them as they walk through a store. But a new facial recognition system is helping luxury shops give the VIP treatment as soon as big spenders walk in the door.
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Black Americans Welcome Obama's Entry To Race Discussion

Many African-Americans are pleased that President Obama spoke frankly about the inequities experienced in this country by blacks. They say understanding the distress over the Zimmerman verdict is key to honest discussions about race.

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