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Lawsuits Threaten Light Rail In Los Angeles

Ambitious plans for new public transit across L.A. are inching closer to reality. A comprehensive rail system in this car-centric metropolis seems truly possible. But not everyone shares the vision. Four lawsuits are threatening to halt work on the expansion of rail and subway lines. Opponents cite safety, traffic, and quality of life concerns, and some of the suits may indeed stymie work. The protests echo an earlier era of "freeway revolts," which saw residents of higher income areas successfully blocking freeway construction through their neighborhoods.
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Rubio On Compromise, Immigration And His 'Union Activist' Past

Sen. Marco Rubio talked to NPR's Robert Siegel about his evolution from liberal child to Tea Party darling. The senator viewed as a potential Republican vice presidential choice has just released a new memoir.
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California Dairy Farmers Split Over Milk Payments In Farm Bill

California is the top dairy-producing state in the nation. And its dairy farmers are split over the impact of the latest farm bill's impact on the government's antiquated milk price support system.
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The Grim Realities Of Life In Supermax Prisons

A lawsuit alleges severe abuse of federal prisoners at ADX-Florence in Colorado, what's known as a supermax facility where many inmates are housed in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day. It charges the government violates the Eighth Amendment's prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment.
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5 Ways To Spark Your Creativity

Inspiration may seem rare, but you might be able to increase the odds of having a genius moment. Research points to some surprisingly simple triggers of innovation: taking a shower, living in a far-off land or working in a blue room. Eureka!
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Gary Johnson Offers Third Choice In 2012 Elections

You might think the presidential race is settled with two candidates. But there's one candidate you might not have heard much about. Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson is running for president on the Libertarian Party ticket. Johnson speaks with host Michel Martin about his policies and the challenges he has getting his message heard.
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The Impossible Juggling Act: Motherhood And Work

Anne-Marie Slaughter left her position as the State Department's director of policy planning to spend more time with her children. Slaughter, now a Princeton professor, details what needs to change both in workplaces and in society to create equal opportunities for all working women.

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