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Escaped Emu Runs Around Vermont Island

A 150 lbs. emu escaped from its pen five weeks ago, and it's been spotted several times. Last week, the flightless bird was seen outside an elementary school. A maintenance worker there tried to lasso the elusive emu with an extension cord, but the big bird got free.
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As Bear Population Grows, More States Look At Hunts

Wildlife officials don't usually base hunting policy on the public's view about an animal. But the black bear seems to be different — it has bounced back from near-extinction to being a nuisance in some areas. Now the question is, would people rather live with bears, or keep their numbers in check?
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Bank Customers Complain Of Call Center Run-Around

The $25 billion mortgage settlement between states and major lenders requires banks to provide "a single point of contact" for homeowners seeking to avoid foreclosure. The same requirement was agreed to in a previous deal with banks. But some customers say they're still having lots of trouble getting anyone to return their calls.
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Romney Ads Whittle Away At Santorum's Mich. Lead

GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum's popularity has been surging in Michigan lately. Rival Mitt Romney, who's native state is Michigan, is trying to put a stop to that by spending more money on ads in the state.
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Miami Boat Show Attracts High-End Crowd

The Miami Boat Show, which is held on Presidents Day weekend, always promises a look at nice, new toys. This year, the show is aiming at the rich and fabulous yachting set. One of the new "yacht toys" being demonstrated: a personal submarine for just $50,000.
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Smithsonian Sheds Light On Founding Father's Slaves

Many Americans use Presidents' Day to reflect on the nation's core values, but the founding fathers often had complicated relationships with those ideals. A new exhibit explores that issue. "Slavery at Jefferson's Monticello" highlights the lives of slaves owned by the third U.S. president and the author of the Declaration of Independence. Host Michel Martin speaks with the exhibition's lead curators.
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Can USDA Make Good With Female, Hispanic Farmers?

Latino and women farmers have complained for decades about discrimination from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The agency is offering to address those concerns, but many affected farmers are not satisfied. Host Michel Martin speaks with Frederick Pfaeffle, the USDA's Deputy Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights.
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Army Moves To Act Fast On Battlefield Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries are often caused by a blast: A bomb explodes and the concussive effect violently shakes the brain. The Army has had a mixed record treating soldiers for TBI. Now it's trying to spot the injury close to the battle and get soldiers out of the fight.

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