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Arizona's Rep. Pastor, A Democrat, Won't Seek Re-Election

He's held his seat in the House of Representatives since 1991. But today Rep. Ed Pastor, 70, said it was time for him "to seek out a new endeavor."
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U.S. Lets 141 Trillion Calories Of Food Go To Waste Each Year

Americans wasted 31 percent of all food that was available in 2010, the USDA reports. For the first time, the agency calculated what that means in terms of calories, too.
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Federal Judge Rules Kentucky Must Recognize Gay Marriages

The decision strikes down parts of Kentucky's ban on gay marriage. The state attorney general is weighing whether to appeal the decision.
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Pentagon Cuts Promise Political Pain

Cutting defense spending is about as popular as proposing Social Security cuts. In other words, not very. But it must be done despite the politics, say officials who have helped close military bases.
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Stethoscopes Do As Much Dirty Work As Hands In Spreading Germs

Doctors are supposed to wash their hands before touching a patient. But that stethoscope draped around the doctor's neck may be loaded with bacteria, too. Cleaning it would help, researchers say.
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In Parts Of Vermont, Heroin Is 'The Easiest Drug To Get'

Vermont might be known as an idyll of small towns and maple syrup, but it's also dealing with a major heroin crisis. Journalist Gina Tron, who grew up there, says it doesn't surprise her.
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Chokwe Lumumba: From 'Radical' To 'Revolutionary'

Jackson Mississippi Mayor Chokwe Lumumba passed away this week. Host Michel Martin learns more about the civil rights attorney and the activists he mentored.
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Thermal Imaging Gets More Common But The Courts Haven't Caught Up

A new smartphone app will make it easy for you to detect a water leak, spot animals while hunting and more. But the new technology raises a question that the Supreme Court thought it had settled.
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Dr. Yogi: Physicians Integrate Yoga Into Medical Practice

At a Maryland workshop, doctors learn how yoga techniques can help patients with a range of health problems. The doctors also get continuing education credits for the classes.
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The Price Of A Pizza In 237 U.S. Neighborhoods

We analyzed pizza prices from around the country to answer a simple question: How much does a pizza cost in your neighborhood?

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