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Bayard Rustin: The Man Who Organized The March On Washington

The strategist behind the 1963 march will posthumously receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom this year. As a gay man, his position in the movement was questioned. But now he is considered "an amazing role model" for activists of color who are also gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.
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Students Return To School In Moore, Okla., As City Rebuilds

School resumes on Friday in Moore, Okla., the site of May's deadly tornado. The twister killed 24 people and destroyed huge parts of the city including an elementary school filled with students.
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Fears Of A Diminished Stimulus Send Stock Market Falling

Some good news on the jobs front sent the stock market down sharply on Thursday morning. Wall Street is worried the Federal Reserve will soon start to phase-out the stimulus its been providing. The positive jobs news makes that phase-out more likely.
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After Losing His Raccoon, Man Takes His Appeal To Governor

Mark "Coon Rippy" Brown, of Gallatin, Tenn., became an Internet sensation for posting videos online of himself bantering, dancing, even showering with his pet raccoons. He's now using his Internet fame to garner support, in an effort to get his pet raccoon Rebekah back from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, which recently seized the critter. It is illegal in Tennessee to possess native animals captured in the wild.
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Pentagon Adds New Measures To Combat Sexual Assault

Under pressure from Congress, the Pentagon has announced additional measures to combat sexual assault. The Pentagon continues to resist proposals that would take prosecution of sexual assault out of the chain of command, but some lawmakers say that's the step that would make a difference.
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GOP Divided Over Whether It Needs Better Outreach, Nominees

The Republican National Committee meets this week in Boston with lots to argue about — if they choose to do so. There's immigration and Obamacare resistance and the 2016 presidential nominating system.
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Getting People Out Of Nursing Homes Turns Out To Be Complicated

Some nursing home patients can go home again if they get the right, customized support. But making it happen takes time, even with organizational help from the pros. Some people need home renovations and rides to appointments. Others may need a guard dog — or a new home.
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FAMU Marching Band Gets To Take Field Again After Hazing Death

Florida A&M's famed marching band got some good news on Thursday. School administrators at FAMU say the band can start performing again. In 2011, the university suspended the band after the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion. Now, the band is smaller and has undergone a host of other changes.
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States Target Hybrids As Gas Tax Revenues Ebb

Americans are using less gasoline, and that affects how much money is available for constructing and repairing highways. Some states are levying taxes and fees on hybrids and electric cars to make up for lost revenue.
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The Dodgers' 'Magical' Rise From The Cellar

The Los Angeles Dodgers are the hottest team in baseball right now. It's a dramatic turnaround for a team that spent the first part of the season at or near the bottom.

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