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In California, An Effort To Fight Human Trafficking

A state ballot initiative would strengthen penalties for those involved in the sex trafficking of women and children. In Los Angeles, a major hub for child sex trafficking, the average age of victims is 13. Some who escape the life are rescued by group homes; others wind up at juvenile hall.
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Despite Fact Checks, Romney Escalates Welfare Work Requirement Charge

Wednesday marks the 16th anniversary of President Clinton's welfare overhaul. Republican Mitt Romney keeps saying that President Obama has gutted the law — even though every major fact-checking organization says the claims are false.
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Food Waste Is Overwhelming. Here Are Five Things People Are Doing About It

A report from the Natural Resources Defense Council finds that 40 percent of food in the U.S. today goes uneaten. But several grass-roots groups around the country are working to turn food waste into something useful.
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Fed Hints At More Action To Boost Economy

Many Federal Reserve members said there would have to be action fairly soon if the economy didn't pick up, according to the minutes of their most recent meeting. Separately, the CBO warned of a recession if the economy goes off a "fiscal cliff" at the end of year.
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Judge Rules Poker Is A Game Of Skill, Not Luck

A judge in New York City has ruled that poker is more skill than chance, and thus not gambling. The case had become a rallying point for poker enthusiasts.
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What's Next For Theater After The Aurora Shooting?

Melissa Block talks with Denver Post reporter Kurtis Lee about a survey the city of Aurora, Colo., has put up on the Internet. It asks for thoughts on what should be done with the Century Aurora 16 Cineplex where 12 people were killed in a mass shooting last month. Lee also talks about what's become of other sites where mass shootings have taken place.
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Fla. Students Struggle Without Summer School

The school year has begun for most Florida students, but some are still trying to finish summer school. After years of budget cuts, many districts have eliminated or cut back summer school classes, leaving online school as the only option for students trying to make up courses they failed. Many have struggled with the online format and are entering the new school year still behind.

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