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22 States Curb Access To Abortion In 2013

Saturday, January 04, 2014

The 205 restrictions enacted between 2011 and 2013 outpaced the 189 enacted during the entire previous decade. Also, the number of U.S. states deemed by a leading reproductive rights group to be "hostile" to abortion rights continues to rise โ€” from 13 states at the turn of the millennium to 27 today.

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Clay Aiken's Political Reality: Results Mixed For Stars Like Him

Friday, January 03, 2014

The former American Idol runner-up set the political class chattering Friday with rumors that he may run for Congress. He's one in a line of reality stars who have aimed for public office.

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Apologies Needed For Beyonce's Song?

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Critics are slamming Beyonce for using an audio clip from the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in her new song "XO." Was she being insensitive, or artistic? Host Michel Martin hears from the beauty shop ladies: journalists Bridget Johnson and Keli Goff, and Maria Teresa Kumar of Voto Latino.

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Colorado's Pot Law Fires Up This Week

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Retail sales of recreational marijuana are now legal in Colorado. Host Michel Martin looks at the highs, and possible lows of the new law with Dana Coffield of The Denver Post, and The Sacramento Bee's Peter Hecht, author of Weed Land.

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100 Million People In Path Of 2014's First Wintry Blast

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Parts of the Northeast and New England are expected to be hit the hardest today and Friday. More than a foot of snow may fall on Boston. The wind chill may plunge to 40 degrees below zero in the Adirondacks. Flight delays and cancellations are piling up along with the snow.

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Blues Musician Tabby Thomas Dies At 84

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Thomas was probably best known for opening Tabby's Blue Box in Baton Rouge, La. The club attracted blues-lovers from across the globe.

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When Teen Drivers Multitask, They're Even Worse Than Adults

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

When researchers put cameras and sensors in young drivers' cars, they found that good habits quickly evaporated as they gained confidence. They started texting, eating and talking with friends while driving. That led to more accidents and close calls.

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Blast Rips Through Minneapolis Apartment Building

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

At least 13 victims have injuries ranging from burns to trauma suffered from jumping out windows.

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Colorado Recreational Pot Market Opens For Business

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Activists hope the move will prove that legalization is a better alternative than the costly drug war.

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Nikki Giovanni Chases Beer And Family

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Nikki Giovanni is one of the most celebrated living poets. She's well known for beautiful descriptions of family, friends, politics and even food. Host Michel Martin talks with Giovanni about some of the surprises in her latest collection, Chasing Utopia. This segment originally aired Oct. 29, 2013 on Tell Me More.

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Elizabeth Smart Shares About Her Faith And Kidnapping

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Elizabeth Smart was just 14-years-old when she was kidnapped at knife point from her bedroom. She was held for nine months before finally being rescued. Host Michel Martin talks with Smart about her memoir, My Story and her Mormon faith - which made her both a target, and a survivor. This segment originally aired Oct. 11, 2013 on Tell Me More.

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Most Economists Say Happy New Year โ€” Really

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Annual forecasts are brimming with good cheer for 2014: Jobs will come back, stock prices will keep heading higher, and consumer spending will continue to improve, economists predict.

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Former First Lady Barbara Bush Is Hospitalized

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Barbara Bush, 88, is in a hospital in Houston with a respiratory-related issue, according to her husband's office.

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Dying Lawyer Convicted Of Aiding Terrorism Leaves Prison

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

In 2005, Lynn Stewart was convicted of helping blind Egyptian cleric Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman communicate with followers while he was serving a life sentence for plotting to blow up New York City landmarks.

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Vitamin E Might Help Slow Alzheimer's Early On

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Vitamin E has gotten a bad rap because of studies finding it increases risk of death. But people with early-stage Alzheimer's disease might be able to fend off symptoms for a while, a study finds. That could mean more a little more time to live independently, and less burden on caregivers.

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Judge Upholds Key Provisions Of N.Y. Gun-Control Law

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Judge William Skretny in Buffalo rejected arguments from opponents that a ban on large-capacity magazines and the sale of semi-automatic rifles infringed on Second Amendment rights.

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Train Derailment In North Dakota Causes Explosion, Fire

Monday, December 30, 2013

A train carrying oil collided with one carrying soybeans, causing multiple explosions and a fire in the town of Casselton, about 10 miles west of Fargo.

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Doctors And Teens Both Avoid Talking About Sex And Sexuality

Monday, December 30, 2013

Teenagers would sooner die than ask about birth control or other sexual health issues at a doctor visit. But if pediatricians bring the subject up, teenagers are happy they had the chance to talk, a study finds. But one-third of doctors aren't taking the lead.

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Test Sites Chosen For Commercial Drone Testing

Monday, December 30, 2013

The locations are expected to produce jobs as companies try out ways to make money with "unmanned aircraft systems." The six sites stretch from Alaska south to Texas and then north to New York State.

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Redefining Philanthropy: How African-Americans Give Back

Monday, December 30, 2013

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation released a study in 2012 showing that African-Americans give a larger share of their income to charities than any other group. Tracey Webb, founder of The Black Benefactors and BlackGivesBack.com, talks to host Michel Martin about African-American philanthropy.

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