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Program Fights Gun Violence Bravado With 'Story Of Suffering'

Cradle to Grave brings at-risk youth into a Philadelphia hospital to get them to think about the consequences of getting shot. "You only have to die one time," the director tells them, "but the people that you leave behind die a little bit each and every day for the rest of their lives."
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U.S. Competitiveness Up, Ranking Fifth, Survey Says

The U.S. rose to fifth position overall from seventh last year in the World Economic Forum's latest survey. Switzerland retained the top spot.
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A Greener Way To Cool Your Foods On The Way To The Grocery Store

Most of the trucks that haul your fruits, vegetables and frozen foods to the store are currently cooled by diesel engines, not the cleanest of technologies. But researchers are working on a cooling system based on fuel cells to keep your food cool while it travels.
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What Does America Think Of President Obama's 'Red Line?'

The White House is trying to get Congressional support for military intervention in Syria. But a poll shows American citizens are not in favor of attacking. How important is domestic and international support? Host Michel Martin asks two former White House insiders: Ron Christie and Corey Ealons.
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Who Are The Smartest People On Twitter?

Host Michel Martin gets a fresh take on some of this week's top stories from the ladies of the Beauty Shop. This week they discuss Fast Company's list of the 25 Smartest Women on Twitter.
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Texas, Mississippi National Guard Won't Process Same-Sex Claims

The two states say their own laws defining marriage as between a man and a woman conflict with a Department of Defense directive that went into effect on Tuesday.
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Ohio Is Publicly Shaming Another Convicted Idiot

For the second time in less than a year, a Cleveland judge has ordered a guilty party to stand outside with a sign saying he's been an idiot. In this case, the crime was calling 911 and drunkenly threatening police officers.
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Okla. Court Puts Hold On Return Of 'Baby Veronica' To S.C.

Adopted by a family in South Carolina, the little Native American girl was returned to her biological father nearly two years ago. It was decided that the Indian Child Welfare Act trumped state law. Since then, her adoptive parents have been fighting to get her back.
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Tailgaters Rejoice! This Cooler Keeps Beers Cold Without Ice

Just in time for the return of football season comes the Case Coolie, an innovation that aims to put an end to packing and hauling a cooler around. "It's a waste of electricity to freeze the ice and a waste of water," says product co-founder Nick Niehaus.
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UMass Breaks Record For Largest Fruit Salad

Incoming students at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst were greeted this week with 15,000 pounds of fresh fruit. It was the world's largest fruit salad — setting a Guinness record. It was served from a small swimming pool with shovels.

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