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In Chicago, Public Housing Experiment Enters New Phase

The city has torn down all of its high rises and says it's close to completing its plans to transform public housing. Chicago leaders want to use public housing funds to build not just homes for poor families but stores as well. However, some say that breaks a promise to provide affordable housing.
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Proposed Changes In Organ Donation Stir Debate

Donation after cardiac death involves removing organs minutes after life-support has been stopped for patients who still have at least some brain activity. Is that enough time to make sure a person won't recover?
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Can An Old Massachusetts Fishing Port Light The World Again?

Once known as the City That Lit the World, New Beford's whale oil powered candles and lamps around the country. Now, the Massachusetts city wants to become an energy capital again, but this time with offshore wind.
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Why The AR-15 Is More Than Just A Gun

For some, it's a symbol of America's might. For others, it's a frightening weapon of warfare. For many target-shooting hobbyists, it's "the Mr. Potato Head of firearms" — customizable to fit each individual. And it's all part of what is now a nearly billion-dollar business in military-style weapons.
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The 'Time Capsule' Of Mob Lingo At The Whitey Bulger Trial

The trial of the notorious gangster has been filled with well-preserved jargon like "vig," "shylock," and "boiler." Linguist Ben Zimmer says some of that lingo has been around for at least a century or so.
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High-Wire Artist Nik Wallenda Walks Across Arizona Gorge

The daredevil from the famous "Flying Wallendas" family will attempt to traverse Arizona's Colorado River Gorge on a 1,500-foot-high tightrope.
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Federal Safety Officials To Investigate Ohio Air Show Crash

It could take months to determine what caused the fiery crash of the high-powered stunt biplane that killed the pilot and a wing walker on Saturday.
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What Happens Without Affirmative Action: The Story Of UCLA

After California banned affirmative action in 1996, the percentages of black and Latino students at UCLA quickly began to fall. The school tried to remedy the problem by changing the factors it considered in its admissions decisions. The percentages of minority students rebounded. But then the school was accused of breaking the law.
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West Virginia's Birthday Recalls A State Born Of Civil War

As West Virginia celebrates its 150th birthday this week, the state's chief historian tells the story of how western Virginians created a secession within a secession.
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Ecuador Says NSA Leaker Has Asked For Asylum

Edward Snowden left Hong Kong earlier Sunday en route to a "third country" via Moscow. The anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks said it was giving him legal counsel and had helped him leave the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.

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