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Federal Funds For Meals On Wheels Tied Up In Shutdown

Alison Foreman is the executive director of Ypsilanti Meals On Wheels, which feeds about 200 elderly clients. She tells Melissa Block the government shutdown has tied up the federal money her program relies on to feed low-income seniors.
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Shutdown Leaves Skeleton Crews At Closed National Parks

Melissa Block talks to Jon Jarvis, director of the National Park Service, about the government shutdown's effect on parks across the country.
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Clapper: Shutdown Hurts Intelligence, Counterterrorism Efforts

The director of national intelligence says that with 70 percent of spy agency staff on furlough, essential staff are being stretched thin.
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Is It Time To Cool It On Kale Already?

It's National Kale Day, folks. That prompts the question: Has the kale love gone too far? As we make kale the health halo food du jour, we risk turning it into the Gwyneth Paltrow of the vegetable world — a perceived goody two-shoes that, deservedly or not, everyone loves to hate on.
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Why Eye Contact Can Fail To Win People Over

People are told that if you want to get a point across, look your audience straight in the eyes. But that works only if the person already agrees with you, a study finds. When people don't share the speaker's opinion, looking them in the eye may actually make them less likely to change their minds.
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Dying 'Angola Three' Inmate Freed After Decades In Solitary

Herman Wallace, who spent more than four decades in solitary confinement after his conviction on murder charges related to a 1972 prison riot, is now suffering from liver cancer. A U.S. district judge in Louisiana ruled that Wallace had not received a fair trial.
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One Biker Released; Investigation Of NYC Attack Continues

The violent attack on an SUV driver who had been chased by dozens of motorcycle riders was caught on video. Police say the incident may have begun when the riders tried to block vehicles from getting on a parkway. When a driver tried to get away, his vehicle struck a rider.
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Old 'Stand Your Ground' Case Gets New Trial

A new trial could start soon for a Florida woman who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for aggravated assault. She says she was merely standing her ground, and firing a warning shot at her abusive husband. Host Michel Martin speaks with Florida Times-Union reporter Larry Hannan about the case, and the issues it's bringing up.
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How Important Is Health Care Act To Latinas?

Ethnic Haitians living in the Dominican Republic are lashing out at the government's decision to strip them of Dominican citizenship. They say it's just another example of the ugly racial tension on the island shared by the two nations. Host Michel Martin speaks with Maria Cardona, Alicia Anabel Santos and Laura Martinez about this week's hot topics in the beauty shop.
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Health Care Act Reminds Young Adults They're Not Invincible

Millennials are often dubbed "young invincibles" for their propensity to stay healthy, and forgo health insurance. Host Michel Martin speaks with Kaiser Health News correspondent Jenny Gold about how the Affordable Care Act will impact "invincibles," and how they might be the key to the program's success.

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