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Chicago Youth Hopeful, Cautious Ahead of President's Visit

President Obama visits Chicago Friday to talk about gun violence. But some of the people most affected say their voices aren't being heard. Host Michel Martin speaks with Aisha Truss-Miller and Chris Buford of the Black Youth Project, the group whose petition led to presidential visit.
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Pendleton's Mother: 'It's My Job' To Keep Talking

Host Michel Martin continues the conversation with Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton. Her 15-year-old daughter was shot to death in Chicago last month, and President Obama highlighted the tragedy in his State of the Union address. Cowley-Pendleton talks about what she would like national leaders to think about when debating gun control policy.
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How The American-US Airways Merger Might Affect You

A combined company worth $11 billion would become the largest U.S. airline. By creating a robust route structure with hundreds of destinations on four continents, the two carriers may be able to attract more frequent fliers, improve service and boost revenues. But what happens to fares is uncertain.
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'I Thought We Were Dead,' Says One Of Cop Killer's Hostages

The owners of a California condo resort say they went into a unit to do some work and were quickly grabbed by the man who authorities say had already killed three people and was determined to take revenge on his former police colleagues.
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Canada Is Ready For Attacking Zombies

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released "Preparedness 101." It's a tongue-in-cheek guide in case of a zombie pandemic. A Canadian member of parliament asked the foreign minister how his country is preparing. The foreign minister replied, "Canada will never become a safe haven for zombies ever!"
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American, US Airways Announce Merger

American Airlines and US Airways have agreed to merge in an $11 billion deal that would create the world's biggest airline. For more on the merger.
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Scorecard Guides Prospective Students With College Choices

The Obama administration has released an online scorecard to help prospective students assess the costs and value of attending individual colleges and universities. Renee Montagne talks to Goldie Blumenstyk, senior writer at The Chronicle of Higher Education, about the issues the scorecard is trying to address, and what impact it might have.
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Georgia To Show Off Preschool Successes

President Obama visits a preschool in Decatur, Ga., Thursday morning to tout his proposal for universal preschool. Many experts say preschool is crucial to helping children, especially those from low-income families, succeed in school far beyond their early education.

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