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Texas Gun Advocates Prepare For New Alamo Showdown

In Texas, there are have been a couple of recent high-profile run-ins between police and people carrying rifles in public, leading gun-rights advocates to hold a big rally at the Alamo. The event is scheduled for Saturday, and is expected to draw at least a thousand people.
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After Budget Fight, No Sign Of Cease-Fire

Americans who were already tired of partisan bickering endured a lot more this past month. But it's unlikely the budget package that reopened the government is going to do anything to end the rancor.
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Enthusiasts Encourage More Women To Give Hunting A Shot

Hunting is a popular U.S. pastime, but most hunters are male. A women's foundation in Wyoming is trying to change that through mentorship and a new women's hunting competition. The sport isn't just fun, the group says; it's also a good way for mothers to put food on the table.
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Serpent Experts Try To Demystify Pentecostal Snake Handling

Earlier this month, NPR reported on a small group of Pentecostal Christians who handle snakes to prove their faith in God. We wondered why the handlers are bitten so rarely, and why so few of those snakebites are lethal. Herpetologists who have studied the snake-handling phenomenon have some theories.
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A Fight Over Vineyards Pits Redwoods Against Red Wine

Environmental groups in Northern California are suing to stop a winery from leveling 154 acres of coast redwoods and Douglas firs to make way for grapevines. As climate change heats up California's interior valley, the wine industry is creeping toward the coast, where majestic redwoods grow.
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With Shutdown Over, Scientists Assess the Damage

The U.S. government shutdown may be over, but J. Marshall Shepherd, president of the American Meteorological Society, says American science has suffered a lasting blow. He says the shutdown has delayed potentially life-saving research, weakened our international credibility, and signaled to youth that government science may not be a wise career option.
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Asian-Americans To Evangelicals: We're Not Your Punchline

A joking Facebook post by Saddleback Church's Rick Warren was the catalyst for a pointed letter from some 700 evangelical Asian-Americans.
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India Arrests Crew Of U.S. Ship For Carrying Weapons

Indian authorities say the vessel was intercepted last week carrying arms that had not been declared.
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Keeping The Faith, And Loving Your Gay Son

Wendy Montgomery was part of the Mormon church's campaign to aid a ballot initiative banning same-sex marriage in California. But her faith was shaken when she found out her teenage son is gay.
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Shutdown Nightmare's Over, Is Capitol Hill Still Dreaming?

The shutdown is over, and the nation avoided a default. So what's next on Capitol Hill? Former White House insiders Ron Christie and Corey Ealons join host Michel Martin to look back at the bickering and ahead to the next battles in the Beltway.

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