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Short Speech Still Resonates: The Gettysburg Address Turns 150

Tuesday marks the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg address. President Abraham Lincoln delivered these 278 words at the Dedication of the Cemetery at Gettysburg. Melissa Block talks with Civil War historian Harold Holzer about the address.
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Mixed Messages On Cancelled Health Plans Leave Consumers Confused

Millions of Americans are trying to figure what to do now that their health insurance policies have been cancelled. The policies were cancelled because they didn't comply with President Obama's Affordable Care Act. The president now says insurers who offered substandard policies can continue offering them for one more year. But most insurance companies are still figuring what to do, so it's very difficult for individuals to get reliable information, let alone make a decision.
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New York City Raises Smoking Age From 18 To 21

New York City raised the smoking age, officially, from 18 to 21 Tuesday, making it the first large U.S. city to do so.
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Illinois, Chicago Residents Sue Over Refinery Soot

It has a funny name but not too many people in some Chicago neighborhoods are laughing about huge piles of Pet Coke they say have left their homes and yards filled with soot, and could be a potential health hazard. Pet Coke is a by-product of the oil refinery process and is expected to become more plentiful as refineries process more heavy crude oil. Left uncovered, a strong wind can push Pet Coke dust into the air, waterways and nearby neighborhoods. The Illinois Attorney General and Chicago residents have filed lawsuits against the facility storing it in open air, which belongs to a subsidiary of the controversial Koch Brothers. They say the company should find a better way to store pet coke before its shipped elsewhere.
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JPMorgan Chase Will Pay $13 Billion In Record Settlement

The Justice Department announces that JPMorgan Chase will pay $13 billion to settle U.S. claims over the sale of troubled mortgages. The deal includes a $4 billion payment for consumer relief. More than half of the record settlement amount will be tax-deductible, the banking giant says.
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King Of Thrones: America's Best Restroom Is In Minneapolis

It pays to be unique when you're going for the title of best restroom in the land. Design details are crucial. It also doesn't hurt if patrons can relax in a fantasy setting and grab a drink from a window connecting to a bar.
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Senate Finance Chairman Floats International Tax Code Overhaul

Sen. Max Baucus released a detailed "discussion draft" Tuesday that envisions a revenue-neutral reshaping of the tax code. Among the plan's goals: bringing home some of the cash that U.S. corporations are thought to have parked overseas.
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How To Prepare For Climate Disasters? Artist Says Dehydrate Food

After he ran out of food during Hurricane Sandy, New York artist Tattfoo Tan vowed to be better prepared for future climate-related disasters. His latest art installation features meals made from dehydrated vegetables that will last one year on the shelf.
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Economic Recovery: Women Bouncing Back Quicker Than Men?

New figures show women have more jobs in the U.S. than ever before - but men are still struggling to pull out of the recession. Host Michel Martin speaks with NPR senior business editor Marilyn Geewax, and Ariane Hegewisch from the Institute for Women's Policy Research.
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This Slide Shows Why HealthCare.gov Wouldn't Work At Launch

Check out this "red team" review of HealthCare.gov by private consulting firm McKinsey & Co., months before the federal health insurance site launched. One slide in particular shows why its chances of success were low from the start.

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