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The Saga Of The Civil Rights Act, An Idea Whose Time Came 50 Years Ago

Author Todd Purdum talks about his book documenting the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the legislative maneuvering behind it and the people who steered the bill to passage.
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Washington Landslide Takes A Grim — And Fluctuating — Toll

The official death toll from the Washington State mudslide now stands at 24, with dozens of people still listed as missing. At one point, there were more than 170 unaccounted for.
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South Dallas 40: Below The River, A Population Left To Decay

While much of Dallas has benefited from a wave of development, South Dallas has not. The predominately African-American neighborhood has been losing population and viability.
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In The Midst Of A Boom, Dallas Outgrows Some Old Notions

Outdated stereotypes may have some thinking that Dallas is just a town of cowboys, highways and football. Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings corrects the record, describing the city's lively arts and culture.
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QUIZ: The Strange Town Names Of Texas

Kermit, Texas, (pop. 5,708) is just one of many oddly named towns in Texas. Can you identify them all?
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Orthotic Brace Takes Soldiers From Limping To Leaping

An injured leg can cause so much pain that some wounded veterans consider amputation. A brace invented at an Army medical center in Texas is getting them up and running again.
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Son Of A Secret Smuggler Digs Up The Truth About His Dad

Tony Dokoupil's father was once busted for distributing enough marijuana "to roll a joint for every college-age person in America." In The Last Pirate, Dokoupil reflects on his dad's time as a dealer.
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Hobie Alter, A Legend In Surfing And Sailing, Dies At 80

His innovations helped thousands of people enjoy life on and in the water. Alter helped perfect a foam-core surfboard in the 1950s. Then he designed an iconic catamaran.
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In A Former Afghan Hot Spot, The Taliban Are Subdued For Now

The Taliban have threatened to disrupt Afghanistan's presidential election this Saturday. But in some areas where the group once wreaked havoc, the Afghan security forces are now in control.
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Weight-Loss Surgery Can Reverse Diabetes, But Cure Is Elusive

People with diabetes who had gastric bypass surgery had much better control of blood sugar three years later. But most still hadn't met the goal of returning to normal sugar levels, a study finds.

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