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1963 Anniversaries Highlight Civil Rights Lessons

On Tuesday in Washington, D.C., the four girls killed in the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Ala., posthumously received the Congressional Gold Medal. The recognition comes after a year of civil rights ceremonies across the South. The events have drawn renewed attention to how the civil rights movement should be taught to a younger generation.
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Bipartisan Senators Support Delaying Vote On Syria Strike

President Obama, scheduled to address the nation from the White House on Tuesday evening, trekked to the Capitol in the afternoon to address the Democratic and Republican Senate luncheons.
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Sen. Casey: Military Force Should Still Be An Option In Syria

Audie Cornish talks with Democratic Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, about the latest developments on U.S.-Syria policy.
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After Newtown Tragedy, Some Schools Are All But Bulletproof

In the aftermath of the Newtown, Conn., shootings, many school districts have rethought their approach to keeping their students, staff and buildings safe. Those changes ran the gamut from adding door locks to arming teachers.
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Birmingham Church Bombing Victims Honored By Congress

The four girls killed in the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church will posthumously receive the Congressional Gold Medal on Tuesday.
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Dust Bowl Worries Swirl Up As Shelterbelt Buckles

When the swirling, howling winds of the 1930s Dust Bowl gobbled up farmland from Texas to the Dakotas, the federal government planted 100 million trees to act like a giant windbreak. It worked. But now, after years of drought, those old trees are dying.
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Senate Waits On Possible Diplomatic Solution In Syria

The U.S. and its allies await details of Russia's proposal to place Syria's chemical weapons arsenal under UN supervision. Meanwhile, senior Obama administration officials are continuing to press for congressional approval of a potential military strike against the Bashar al-Assad regime for its alleged use of chemical weapons in August.
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Health Insurance Ads Range From Weighty To Whimsical

States are taking very different marketing tacks to get residents to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. In their own ways, they're trying hard to make insurance appealing to uninsured young people.
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Even When Told True Risks, Kids Often Misjudge Them

Ask a 9-year-old how likely it is that his bike will be stolen, and he'll probably lowball the risks — even after you tell him the odds. Researchers say children and teens aren't very good at applying data about on dangers, which may explain their seemingly irrational decision-making.
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Used-Car Impresario Cal Worthington Dies At Age 92

Cal Worthington, a man whose used-car ads rose to the level of a cultural phenomenon, has died at age 92. He was a fixture on televisions in California for decades, with zany sales pitches that drew both customers and fame.

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