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Anger Grows After Black Woman Is Shot By White Homeowner

A 19-year-old black woman was killed by a white man on the front porch of his suburban Detroit home. Relatives of the victim say she was in a car accident and going door to door looking for help when she was shot by the homeowner who thought she was a burglar
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Vets-Turned-Firefighters Find Brotherhood, Purpose

A New Jersey fire department has hired 43 military veterans on to the force this year. The fire chief says their background makes them well-suited to the job, and the recruits say firefighting gives them the sense of camaraderie and responsibility they've missed.
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Self-Employed And With Lots Of Questions About Health Care

Self-employed workers are some of the people who could benefit most from insurance under the Affordable Care Act, but figuring out how much coverage will cost can be tricky. Well, we've got answers for them, and also for people wondering about what happens if they don't have any insurance at all.
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Merchant Marines See New Obstacles In Food Aid Proposal

The U.S. share of international shipping has been shrinking ever since World War II. The latest threat comes from a proposed change that would allow the U.S. to buy a large percentage of its food aid in local markets, instead of from the U.S. That would mean less shipping from the U.S., and possibly fewer jobs.
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Why Does The NSA Keep An EGOTISTICALGIRAFFE? It's Top Secret

EGOTISTICALGIRAFFE, MINARET and SHAMROCK are a few of the tens of thousands of code names the NSA gives everything, including programs, exercises, weapons and even its budget.
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Portland's Pot Vote Could Make It A Gateway City For Maine

Voters in Portland, Maine, this week passed an ordinance to legalize possession by an overwhelming margin. Legalization advocates' hopes are high for the rest of the state — and around the northeast.
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Historic VA Buildings In Danger Of Demolition

Milwaukee is site of the oldest Soldier Home in the country, now standing vacant and in need of repair. The Veterans Administration owns and manages more than 2,000 such historic buildings across the country. A new report by the National Trust for Historic Preservation says the VA has been too quick to tear down buildings rather than renovate them.
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Inconsistencies Haunt Official Record Of Kennedy's Death

Some three decades after the Warren Commission's report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, a board was established that declassified thousands of documents. Congress hoped it would clear up lingering conspiracy theories, but it didn't.
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Edward Snowden's NSA Revelations Keep Coming

Since June, documents leaked by National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden have produced revelation upon revelation about the nation's top-secret intelligence gathering operations. The latest information, about U.S. spying on foreign leaders, has angered even some dependable U.S. allies. New York Times national security reporter Scott Shane, and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., a senior member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, discuss the latest Snowden-related leaks.
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In The Heat Of The Foundry, Steinway Piano 'Hearts' Are Made

Steinway & Sons has made all of its cast-iron plates at the O.S. Kelly Foundry in Springfield, Ohio, since 1938. The plate tightly holds the steel wire strings that make the vibrations that become music. Just two men create and pour the molten mixture that cools into the cast-iron heart of a piano.

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