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Small Change In Reading To Preschoolers Can Help Disadvantaged Kids Catch Up

Researchers say that changing what 4-year-olds see and think about when a book is being read can improve kids' reading skills later on. The key: Focus their attention on the words instead of the pictures.
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Lawyers, Not Victims, Making Most In Madoff Cleanup

Robert Siegel talks with New York Times editor and business columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin about Irving Picard, the court-appointed trustee working to recover funds for the victims of Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme. So far, Picard's firm has generated $554 million in legal and other fees.
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On The Economic Ladder, Rungs Move Further Apart

Many Americans have long believed that the United States is a land of opportunity, where anyone who works hard can climb the economic ladder. But evidence from recent decades indicates that, for many Americans, that dream of economic mobility falls short.
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11 Nations Expel Syrian Diplomats After Massacre

Syrian diplomats have been expelled from several nations on Tuesday including Canada, Europe and Australia. It's a coordinated reaction to the massacre in the Syrian district of Houla last Friday.
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Talk Of Union Rights Fades In Wis. Recall Election

The long march to recall Governor Scott Walker is nearing its end, with Walker leading slightly in the polls and by a large margin in TV spending. The original dispute has turned into a broader gubernatorial election fight.
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Even After Texas Primary, Romney Will Remain The 'Presumptive' Nominee

When the polls close in Texas Tuesday, most media outlets and likely even the Mitt Romney campaign will declare that he has secured enough delegates to win the Republican nomination for president. For what it's worth, that's not technically the case.
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Who Decides Whether This 26-Year-Old Woman Gets A Lung Transplant?

Ashley Dias needs lungs. So do lots of other patients. Scarcity is a problem with organ transplants, and, unlike other scarce resources, organs can't be bought or sold. Here's how doctors decide who gets to be at the top of the waiting list.
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The Fine Line Between Protecting Safety And Rights

New Orleans reportedly has the highest murder rate per capita in the U.S. Trying to make the city safer involves walking a fine line between safety, regulation, and constitutional rights. Host Michel Martin continues her conversation with Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who says he's trying to make his city safer for all residents.

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