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Penn State Sex Abuse Scandal Really About Football?

Legendary football coach Joe Paterno was fired on Wednesday. Critics said he should have done more to address charges of child sex abuse that came to his attention. Penn State students staged violent protests after the announcement. Host Michel Martin speaks with USA Today Sports Columnist Christine Brennan and NPR Sports Correspondent Mike Pesca about the abuse case, firing, and 84-year-old Paterno's legacy.
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Documents Reveal More Potential Evidence-Sharing Failures By Justice Dept.

Lapses by federal prosecutors in sharing evidence that could help defendants fight charges against them has been a nagging theme in recent years.
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Perry Says He 'Stepped In It' At Debate, And Many Agree

His performance at Wednesday night's GOP presidential debate might be the stuff of history — the kind of history that candidates don't like to make. Thursday, he admitted he had "stepped in it" for being unable to remember he wants to eliminate the Department of Energy.
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Alabama County Bankruptcy Filing Is Biggest In U.S. History

The history of the more than $4 billion in debt spans a decade and mostly involves a failed sewer construction deal fraught with corruption. Experts worry that the municipal bond market in the United States will suffer the consequences.
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Did The Emergency Alert System Test Pass Muster?

Had Wednesday's first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System been a real alert, some may have been left in the dark. Instead of that irritating tone interrupting television and radio programming, some TV viewers heard Lady Gaga singing "Paparazzi." Others had their programming switched to QVC, a home shopping channel.
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Christmas Tree Fee Causes Uproar

The Obama administration put off a plan to collect a fee on Christmas trees. An industry group asked for the fee, 15 cents per tree. Conservatives denounced what they labeled a tax on Christmas trees. The White House defended the fee, saying it's not a tax at all. All the same, the administration says it will delay collecting the money.
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Before Leaving The Bar, A Chance To Breathalyze

One company is selling breathalyzers to bars allowing patrons to self-test and see whether they've exceeded the legal limit. But some bar owners worry that patrons might decide to drink less if they see their blood alcohol level is too high.

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