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Learning How To Be A Man, From Mom

Derek Williams' dad was around when he was growing up, but it was his mom, he says, who taught him what it takes to be a good man. When she died in 2009, he had to learn from both parents' examples.
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Florida County Goes To Court Over 'Acid Fracking' Near Everglades

Acid has long been used in oil drilling in Florida, but Collier County officials say the state has been lax in its oversight of a new process that involves injecting acid underground under pressure.
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Arthur Strengthens Into A Hurricane, Hatteras Island Orders Evacuation

The storm is expected to affect Fourth of July travel plans. It's still unclear, however, what kind of weather will be felt along the Eastern Seaboard.
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Is Unlimited Spending On Political Speech A Protected Right?

Do individuals and organizations have a constitutional right to unlimited spending on their own political speech? Legal experts face off on the issue in the latest Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.
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Big Bucks From Strawberry Genes Lead To Conflict At UC Davis

The strawberry breeding program at the University of California, Davis, is a big money-earner. It's created a unique hybrid of the public and private breeding sector, and that's led to conflict.
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Digital Homestead Records Reopen A Crucial Chapter Of U.S. History

Files detailing Nebraska's homesteading history have been digitized and are now available to the public. The milestone's part of a larger effort by the Homestead Digitization Project to put all homesteading documents from around the U.S. online. For more on the subject, Robert Siegel speaks with historian Blake Bell from the Homestead National Monument in Beatrice, Neb.
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Bipartisan Board OKs NSA Surveillance Program, With Suggestions

The independent Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board has offered recommendations on how to reform one of the surveillance programs deployed by the National Security Agency. The privacy board found that the program, which was revealed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, is constitutional and free of abuse, but it's still proposing reforms.
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Benghazi Suspect Spends A Day In Court

Ahmed Abu Khattalah, a suspect charged in connection with the 2012 Benghazi attacks, had a hearing Wednesday in Washington, D.C. After a public defender outlined her arguments in Khattalah's defense, the judge ordered that he be detained.
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For Interior Secretary, Getting Outdoors Is In The Job Description

As CEO of an outdoor equipment retailer, Sally Jewell was used to taking risks. Now, as the secretary of the interior, she has found there's little appetite for it in government.
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The Brutal Race That Asks Runners To Go Up A Mountain And Back Down

Melissa Block speaks with Christy Marvin, the 2013 women's winner of the Mount Marathon race in Seward, Ala. One of the oldest races in North America, it traces an arduous course up and down the mountain, and it's set to happen again this year on July 4.

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