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Texas Mayor Is DNC's First Latino Keynote Speaker

Julian Castro will deliver the keynote address Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention. The San Antonio mayor, 37, draws comparisons to President Obama and has been called the new face of the party. He'll be introduced by this twin, Joaquin, a state legislator.
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2012 Summer Movie Season Ends With A Whimper

A typically slow Labor Day weekend ended a summer that failed to live up to Hollywood's expectations. The number of movie tickets sold this summer was about 533 million, down 4 percent from 2011 and the lowest since an industry analyst began compiling summer figures 20 years ago.
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Thousands Lack Electricity, Six Days After Isaac

Tens of thousands of people remained without electricity in Louisiana and Mississippi Monday, six days after Hurricane Isaac inundated the Gulf Coast with a deluge that still has some areas under water. The large, slow-moving storm also forced many oil and gas refineries to cease or cut production.
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'Green Mile' Actor Michael Clarke Duncan Dies At 54

Actor Michael Clarke Duncan has died at age 54, according to his fiancée, the Rev. Omarosa Manigault. Known for his large size and deep, resonant voice, Duncan received an Oscar nomination for his performance in The Green Mile. The actor's death is "a tragic loss," says his manager.
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When A Kickstarter Campaign Fails, Does Anyone Get The Money Back?

On Kickstarter, the largest crowd-funding site, a handful of entrepreneurs have raised millions of dollars more than they expected. But if they fail to deliver their promised product, questions arise over whether the supporters are donating money or making a purchase.
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Obama Spends Labor Day With Ohio Union Workers

President Obama spent the day campaigning in Ohio and visiting Hurricane Isaac-ravaged areas in Louisiana. Scott Horsley joins Melissa Block to talk about the president's message.
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Hatch Act Keeps Federal Workers Out Of Politics

With only a couple of months before the election, authorities are putting out word that federal employees need to beware of the line between protected political activity and prohibited electioneering. A few high-profile dustups have attracted attention already this year and watchdogs are investigating 168 possible violations of the Hatch Act.
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Presidents Obama And Clinton Not Exactly Old Friends

Melissa Block speaks with Ryan Lizza, Washington correspondent for The New Yorker, about his new piece on the relationship between President Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama.
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Democratic Convention Preceded By Protests

Melissa Block talks to Audie Cornish, who is in Charlotte, N.C., for the Democratic National Convention. They cover Tuesday's speakers, an anti-Wall Street protest and the convention's much-anticipated response to the GOP's messages "We Built It" and "We Make it Possible."

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