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Motorcycle Fans Ride To Sturgis, S.D., For Rally

The famed Sturgis motorcycle rally is wrapping up its 72nd year in South Dakota this weekend. As the rally ages so do many of the riders. We look at what's new on three wheels.
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Semi-Automatic Rifle Arrives In TV Box

Seth Horvitz of Washington D. C. says all he wanted was a television. Instead he received a military-grade semi-automatic rifle. Horvitz complained to Amazon.com, UPS and the seller. Nobody took responsibility. But police were happy to take the gun, which is illegal in the nation's capital.
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It's All Politics, Aug. 9, 2012

In what could be the last podcast before Romney's V.P. announcement, NPR's Ron Elving and Ken Rudin once again review the finalists. Plus, a look at the latest Obama and Romney ads, more battleground state polls, primary results in Missouri and elsewhere, and a look ahead to the next Tea Party target.
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Voter ID Laws: Necessity Or Burden?

A wave of states are implementing or considering laws that would require a government photo ID to vote. Some say the laws could disenfranchise voters, others say ID is required for basic needs. Host Michel Martin talks with journalist Kristal Brent Zook and Abigail Thernstrom of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
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Why Is The World's Largest Foundation Buying Fake Poop?

The Gates Foundation has granted engineers more than $3 million to develop cheap, high-tech toilets that don't need water or electricity. To test these supercommodes, the foundation has purchased 50 pounds of soybean paste that resembles human waste.
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Consumer Bureau Moves To Make Mortgages Clearer, Foreclosures Fewer

The new rules would help eliminate surprises and make the mortgage loan process easier to understand, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says. It's also moving to give homeowners more protection when mortgage companies try to foreclose.
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Smoked Chocolate, For National S'More Day And More

If you can't get to a campfire to roast s'mores today, check out some smoked chocolate. Smoking chocolate is a technique that takes time and precision, but has produced some tasty results for former Girl Scout Autumn Martin and her Seattle bakery.
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Drought Deepens In Hardest Hit Parts Of U.S.

The size of the area where the drought is judged to be "exceptional" (the worst rating) grew again. So did those stretches where the drought is said to be "severe" or "extreme."

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