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New Orleans Struggles With Murder Rate, And Trust

New Orleans now has the highest per capita murder rate in the country. The killings are concentrated in the city's poorest neighborhoods — places like Central City, just a few blocks north of the stately mansions that line St. Charles Avenue.
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Beyond The Music In St. Louis Cemetery No. 2

A New Orleans socialite donated space in her family's mausoleum in the city's famous St. Louis Cemetery No. 2. Now, the final resting place of a white, aristocratic family is also the eternal home of black musical royalty: Ernie 'Emperor of the Universe" K-Doe and Earl King.
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Meet Al Black: Florida's Prison Painter

When the officials at a Florida prison realized who Al Black was, they gave him a paintbrush and the walls as a canvas.
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Romney: Obama's Health Mandate Is A Tax

Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney spent his July 4th holiday marching in a New Hampshire parade. He also back tracked on statements a top adviser made when he called the individual mandate in the Obama health care law a fee or a fine. Romney says the Supreme Court rules it's a tax.
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Dozens Of U.S. Cities Cancel Fireworks Show

Firework shows have been cancelled across the country due to dry conditions. The city of Rockville, Maryland, has also cancelled their show due to the lasting effects of a powerful wind storm over the weekend that left thousands without power. Robert Siegel talks to Tom Moore of the Rockville city council.
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Climate Change Buoying Wildfires Across Country

Intense weather including storms, droughts and wildfires has racked America recently. Are they symptoms of climate change or is it just a hot summer? Robert Siegel talks to Kevin Trenberth, a climate scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.
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Fear Of Fires Fizzles Some July Fourth Fireworks Fun

This year, three-quarters of the country are experiencing some level of drought, and many cities are temporarily banning fireworks. But restrictions may not keep committed revelers from the rush of lighting a fuse.

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