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Cat Falls 19 Floors, Lands Purrfectly

Sugar took a long fall, but came away with only minor injuries. Cats, it seems, can turn themselves into something akin to feline parachutes. And research shows it's actually better for a cat to fall from up high than lower levels.


What Your Gynecologist Doesn't Know About Your Sex Life, But Really Should

Most gynecologists don't ask patients about their sexual orientation or if they're having sexual problems, a new study finds. That makes it hard for women to get appropriate medical care, the researchers say.


Shooting Renews Debate On Vigilance Vs. Action

A neighborhood watch volunteer's fatal shooting of a Florida teenager raises questions about the risks involved when a community takes greater control over its own safety.


Is Health Law A 'Breathtaking Assertion' Of Power?

Next week, the Supreme Court will hear challenges to the Affordable Care Act. In the first of a series of conversations about the case, host Michel Martin sits down with Michael Cannon of the Cato Institute. Cannon opposes the law and his group has filed four briefs with the high court, arguing that key parts of the measure are unconstitutional.

The Twisted Path To Lay A Legend To Rest

Nearly sixty years ago, a Pennsylvania town renamed itself after legendary Olympian Jim Thorpe. How he came to be buried there is a tale of messy family business that continues to this day. Washington Post staff writer Neely Tucker joins host Michel Martin to discuss the story of the man once known as the "World's Greatest Athlete."

The Man Behind The Defense Of Obama's Health Law

Over more than 25 years as an attorney, Solicitor General Don Verrilli has developed a reputation as both a gentleman and a scholar, two attributes that have helped him earn the trust of the Supreme Court's justices. Next week, he'll go before those same justices to argue in favor of the Affordable Care Act.


An Open Letter ... About Open Letters

We tweet the most private thought or deed on Twitter, plaster it on a Facebook wall, upload it to YouTube. In this era of total openness — open criticism, open primaries and open relationships — is it time to close the book on open letters?