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Man Wins $7 Million In Suit Claiming Microwave Popcorn Caused Lung Disease

Previously, "popcorn lung" disease has been limited to plant workers exposed to flavoring chemicals. The new verdict awarded to a microwave popcorn consumer may spark a rash of similar suits, lawyers say.
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Leader Of Amish Sect, 15 Others Found Guilty Of Hate Crimes In Beard Cuttings

Samuel Mullet Sr. insisted his actions and those of his followers were protected religious activity. But a jury agreed with prosecutors that the incidents were hate crimes. Mullet and his followers could each be sentenced to 10 years in prison.
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Katrina Survivor Explains How To Weather Disaster

When Purdue professor Daniel Aldrich and his family evacuated New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina destroyed their home, they took only the essentials. Although they applied for federal aid, Aldrich says it was his his social networks that came through for his family when they needed help most.
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Is Putting Politics On Display Bad For Business?

Every election season, the political signs that sprout like dandelions from lawns across America also pop up at more than a few businesses. For some, expressing political preferences is a calculated move to attract customers. But it can just as easily turn them away.
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Tim Pawlenty Exits Romney Campaign To Lead Bank Lobbying Group

Tim Pawlenty's resignation as co-chairman of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign comes less than seven weeks before Election Day and during a bad stretch for the candidate.
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Hispanics Certain To Back Obama, But In What Numbers?

Polls suggest Hispanics favor President Obama over Mitt Romney by at least a 2-to-1 margin. And while the Hispanic share of the population is growing fast, the turnout rate remains low. So Obama and Romney both are working hard to get their Hispanic voters to the polls.
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No Criminal Charges For 'Pepper Spray Cop' Or Other Officers

A California district attorney concludes there isn't enough evidence to charge former University of California Davis Lt. John Pike with using excessive force. He infamously sprayed some seated Occupy protesters. Video of it went viral.
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What's Driving Dropout Rate For Black, Latino Men?

A new report says barely half of Latino and Black men graduate from high school in four years. Host Michel Martin discusses the dropout rate and what's being done about it. She speaks with John H. Jackson of the Schott Foundation for Public Education, and Pilar Montoya of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.
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Has Don't Ask Don't Tell Repeal Changed Military?

The U.S. military's ban on gays and lesbians serving openly was repealed one year ago. Host Michel Martin checks in with Air Force Sergeant Jonathan Mills to see how the end of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" has affected his life and the lives of other LGBT service members. Mills is the publisher of OutServe magazine.

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