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Skies Less-Than Friendly When Packing A Cello

Paul Katz bought two tickets — one for himself and one for his cello — in the cabin of a flight from Calgary to Los Angeles. But the captain told him his centuries-old cello had to fly as checked baggage. After an agonizing flight, Katz cried when the captain returned his cello, unharmed.
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Though Small In Number, Protesters Take Aim At Both Parties

Apparently discouraged by the gusty weather, at times there were fewer protesters on the streets of Tampa this morning than there were police officers and journalists. Those who did show up, though, had sharp things to say about Republicans and Democrats.

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Portland Company Aims To Tame Food Truck Trash

Reusuable take-out box service is the latest effort to "green" Portland's growing food truck scene. GO Box founder Laura Weiss estimates the year-old service has already prevented 10,000 disposable boxes from entering the waste stream.
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Screening Hearts In Philadelphia, Pa.

Simon's Fund provides free heart screenings to children throughout the Philadelphia area. Nearly 5,000 students have been screened in the past seven years thanks to the program, and 43 have discovered unknown, potentially-fatal heart conditions.
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Conventions: The 'First Date' That Lasts For Days

It's been many years since political conventions offered any real drama or suspense. Still, they're a nonpareil opportunity for partisans to unite and try to win over voters who are largely uninterested in the parties.

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Romney Campaign Not Giving Up On Black Vote

All eyes are on Tampa as Republicans get together to fire up their base, and attract independents to the fold. But one poll shows Mitt Romney with zero percent of African-Americans supporting him. Host Michel Martin discusses outreach to black voters with Tara Wall. She's a senior communications adviser with the Mitt Romney for President campaign.
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McConnell's Message: On The Budget, The 'Missing Person Was The President'

The trash-talking continues when it comes to who's responsible for the nation's soaring budget deficits.
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As Conventions Begin, Where Is The U.S. Economy?

When the political conventions were kicking off in 2008, the direction of the U.S. economy was clear: down. The state of the 2012 economy will provide Republicans and Democrats with much to debate.

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