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Obama Signs Order To Extend Contractors' Paid Sick Leave

President Obama signed an executive order Monday giving up to seven paid sick days a year to employees of federal contractors. The White House says this could benefit around 300,000 workers.
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Presidential Candidates Campaign In New Hampshire, Iowa On Labor Day

Politics mixed with picnics and parades Monday as the candidates fanned out for an end of summer blitz of campaigning. Many discussed jobs — an issue that tops just about every voter's list.
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Vatican Interns Help Build Papal Following On Social Media

Villanova University students are integral to Pope Francis' U.S. social media team via the college's Vatican internship program. They were part of the launch of the papal Twitter account and the Vatican's ongoing social media efforts.
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4 Labor-Intensive Crops Farmers Wish They Had Robots To Harvest

Many fruits and vegetables must be harvested by hand because it's hard and costly to design machines that won't damage them. But as farm labor dwindles, there's a new push to develop more farm robots.
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Why Aren't There More Higher Ed Programs Behind Bars?

San Quentin prison's university gets high marks. But few prisons in the nation are following the California model.
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Hunting Dogs Can Spend Eternity At The Coon Dog Cemetery

Key Underwood Coon Dog Memorial Graveyard in Cherokee, Ala., is a burial spot near a hunting camp and only coon hounds reside there. (This piece first aired on September 3 2012 on Morning Edition.
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Changing Venice Beach Means Homeless Are Less Welcome At The Boardwalk

An estimated 16 million people each year visit LA's Venice Beach and its boardwalk market. What they don't see are sharp-elbows and words flying as vendors scramble before dawn for prime stalls.
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For NYU Freshman Talia Oliveras, Move-In Day Is A Family Affair

We spend college move-in day with freshman Talia Oliveras, who, with much support from her family and teachers, has overcome many obstacles on her way to New York University.
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To Save Monarch Butterflies, Gardeners Plant More Milkweed

The disappearance of milkweed is leading to butterfly losses. One group wants to send out 100,000 plants to create monarch stations along the migration trail, where the butterflies can lay their eggs.
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Skateboarding Celebrated At Kennedy Center Festival

The Kennedy Center is famous for its opera, ballet and symphony. Last week, officials opened a temporary skateboarding park for amateur and professionals to do their thing to improvised live music.

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