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Pageant Contestant Felt Helpless Against Domestic Violence

Pageant contestants often pick feel-good issues for their platform topics. Miss New York chose domestic violence because she lived it. There are many reasons why women stay with an abuser, she says.
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California Blue Whales On The Rebound, Study Says

California blue whales are rebounding to historic levels after being hammered by whaling, a University of Washington study says. NPR's Arun Rath talks with Trevor Branch, co-author of the study.
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San Diego School District's New 18-Ton Armored Vehicle Creates Stir

The mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle, or MRAP, will have teddy bears in it, school police officials say. The MRAP is a piece of military surplus equipment that's worth around $733,000.
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Phoenix Mercury Wins WNBA Title In A Sweep Of Chicago

Thanks to Candice Dupree and Diana Taurasi, the Phoenix Mercury overcame the absence of star center Brittney Griner, who averaged nearly 4 blocks per game this season.
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Wendy Davis Tells Of Her Own Difficult Abortions In 'Forgetting'

A champion of abortion rights, the Texas gubernatorial candidate reveals she terminated two of her pregnancies — once because her life was endangered.
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Obama's Hawkish Plan For Islamic State Puts Doves In A Quandary

The president's proposal to degrade and destroy the Islamic State poses a challenge for members of his own party, who have traditionally provided the anti-war voices in Congress.
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Northern Lights Put On Show, Thanks To Large Solar Flare

If you weren't far enough in the north — or well-rested enough – to see the show, don't worry: stunning images were posted to Twitter and elsewhere. Here's a selection.
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White House Tries To Ease Hispanic Caucus Frustrations

Many were disappointed when President Obama announced he would delay immigration reform until after mid-term elections. NPR's Wade Goodwyn talks to White House domestic policy chief Cecilia Munoz.
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Judge: Government Can't Arbitrate The Truth In Politics

A federal judge has struck down an Ohio law that banned lies in political ads. He ruled that it is up to voters to decide what the truth is.
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Domestic Violence Protections Still Resonate 20 Years After Crime Bill

President Clinton signed major crime legislation in 1994, and provisions that protect women from domestic violence have deep staying power.

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