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Navy Yard Shooter's Mother Speaks Out As Inquiry Continues

As the investigation into the shootings at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday continues, the mother of Aaron Alexis released a statement expressing her deep sympathy for the families of the victims. President Obama says he'll attend a memorial service for the victims this weekend, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the Defense Department will undertake a rapid review of security procedures.
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Flood Damage Shuts Down An Entire Colo. Town

Flooding in Colorado has so devastated some parts of the state that whole towns will need to shutter themselves temporarily. Estes Park, a popular summer resort city along the Big Thompson River, is home to about 6,000 people. But the flooding has left businesses without storefronts and residents looking for housing, so the entire town is closing itself down.
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Push To End Mandatory Minimums Makes Strange Bedfellows

The Senate Judiciary Committee is taking a new look at the effectiveness of mandatory minimum sentences, and the movement to change the system has got some surprising allies, including some federal judges and many Republicans.
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After Attacks, Seattle Rethinks How To Treat Mentally Ill

Before the Navy Yard shooting, a spate of killings and assaults by mentally ill transients unnerved Seattle residents, prompting questions and discussion. This week's tragedy in Washington, D.C., has added extra energy to that debate.
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Sen. Mitch McConnell's Newest Headache

Now that House Republican leaders plan to pass a government spending bill with language defunding Obamacare, House Speaker John Boehner's problem has become the Senate GOP leader's problem.
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Judge: Boy In Tennessee Can Keep Name 'Messiah'

A magistrate last month ordered a different name because she said only Jesus Christ had "earned" the title.
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Beanie Babies Creator To Pay $53 Million For Tax Evasion

The creator of the toys that reached the zenith of their popularity in the 1990s has agreed to plead guilty to felony tax evasion, federal prosecutors say.
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Latinos 'Not Just A Chapter In U.S. History'

The new PBS series Latino Americans takes a look at the 500 year history of Hispanics in North America, and how it's shaped their identities today. Host Michel Martin speaks with award-winning filmmaker Adriana Bosch about the series.
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Pitbull On Music From His Latino Side

Cuban-American rapper Pitbull digs funk and hip-hop. But for Tell Me More's 'In Your Ear' segment, he talks about some of the songs that speak straight to his Latino side.
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Minority-Owned Banks Play A Real Role In Recovery?

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation holds its annual conference this week. Host Michel Martin talks with Representative Chakah Fattah of Pennsylvania about the foundation's new investment in minority-owned banks. Michael Grant, president of the National Bankers Association, also joins the conversation.

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