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Economic, Political Volatility Cloud Housing Recovery

Thursday, October 31, 2013

The housing market is working through the remnants of the financial crisis, and until recently the sector's recovery seemed to be on track. But recent drama in the national economy has left consumers reluctant to buy, experts say.

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On The Devil's Promenade, Searching For The Spook Light

Thursday, October 31, 2013

According to legend, it only appears on chance nights, which makes photographing it kind of difficult.

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Stealing Candy From Your Kids? It's A Halloween Tradition

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Most parents admit they take treats from their kids. That's just one of the stories in our treat bag. Also in there: the weird ways people like to eat candy corn; a beautiful shot from space of a "witch head"; and this year's "au courant costumes."

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Does The Word "Redskins" Cause Psychological Damage?

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Members of the Oneida Nation met with representatives from the NFL on Wednesday to discuss the growing call to change the Washington Redskins name. Host Michel Martin finds out how the meeting went from the Nation's representative, Ray Halbritter.

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FAA Says Fliers Can Safely Use Most Electronics

Thursday, October 31, 2013

The decision means that soon fliers won't have to turn off their e-books, tablets and other devices during some parts of their flights. Still not OK: using cellphones to make calls.

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No More Guns For Neighborhood Watch In Sanford, Fla.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Police in the city where the shooting death of Trayvon Martin ignited a national debate want to reinforce a rule that neighborhood watch volunteers like George Zimmerman should not be armed.

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Big Papi, Worst-To-First, 1918: Your World Series Must-Knows

Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Boston Red Sox are world champions after beating the St. Louis Cardinals. Here's a cheat sheet about the World Series.

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When 'Fixed Income' Means Getting By On Social Security

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Gilroy Hain's only source of income is the $1,500 a month he receives from Social Security. The 64-year-old spends $500 a month for a rented bedroom in Los Angeles, and the rest goes for food and little indulgences. For the former aerospace industry worker who was homeless for a time, it's not an easy life.

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For A New Kind Of Commute, Some Eye The Sky

Thursday, October 31, 2013

If you commute to work, chances are you travel on roads or rails. A designer in Austin, Texas, wonders, "Why not up in the air?" In a nod to orangutans at the National Zoo who get around on wires 50 feet above the ground, designers see the potential for aerial mass transit.

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New York OKs Raising Age For Tobacco Purchases To 21

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The law, which Mayor Michael Bloomberg has promised to sign, would make New York one of a very few U.S. cities to adopt such strong restrictions.

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On Capitol Hill, A Statue And A Rock God Bring Politicians Together

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Meanwhile on Capitol Hill, an unlikely scene unfolded as a bust of Winston Churchill was unveiled in Statuary Hall Wednesday. The entertainment: Roger Daltrey. Who? Yes, Roger Daltrey of the 1960s rock band The Who.

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Report: NSA Has Broken Into Google And Yahoo Data Centers

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Documents obtained from NSA leaker Edward Snowden and interviews with knowledgeable officials reveal the program, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

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Teachers Share Their Top Safety Concerns

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

This December marks the one year anniversary of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Since then, more than a dozen other school shootings have occurred - including one just last week. Host Michel Martin checks in with educators from around the country to ask if their jobs have become more dangerous, and hear their top school safety concerns.

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Debate: For A Better Future, Live In A Red State?

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Some argue that red-state tendencies toward lower taxes and less regulated, more free-market systems make them ideal places to work and raise a family. But others counter that blue states are wealthier, offer more educational opportunities and are committed to a social safety net.

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75 Years Ago, 'War Of The Worlds' Started A Panic. Or Did It?

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

On the evening of Oct. 30, 1938, Orson Welles and his troupe went on the air to say that Martians had invaded New Jersey. Ever since, stories have made it sound as if the broadcast caused a mass panic. But that might not have been the case.

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Arguments Over Social Security Pit Old Vs. Young

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Social Security accounts for about 20 percent of federal spending. As Congress edges toward having to come up with a new spending plan, one argument in favor of cuts is that Social Security amounts to a huge transfer of wealth from the young to the old.

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Will GPS Cannon Spell The End Of High-Speed Chases?

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Police cars in Iowa and Florida are testing a secret weapon: a small cannon embedded in the grill. It shoots "tracking" bullets — containing tiny GPS devices — that can stick to the trunk of a suspect's car. Police could then follow a suspect at a leisurely pace instead of embarking on a dangerous high-speed chase.

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Defeat Isn't Easy For Conservative Republicans To Admit

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Two weeks after shutting down the federal government and hours before the Treasury was at risk of defaulting on the nation's obligations, House Republicans relented and voted on a bill ending the twin fiscal crises. It was a vote Democrats had demanded for weeks. And it was almost a complete concession to President Obama who had insisted on both conditions before discussing anything with congressional Republicans.

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Can You Code A Better Government?

Friday, October 04, 2013

Can government be run like the Internet, permissionless and open? Coder and activist Jennifer Pahlka believes it can — and that apps, built quickly and cheaply, are a powerful new way to connect citizens to their governments — and their neighbors.

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Is Too Much Collaboration a Bad Thing?

Friday, October 04, 2013

Software entrepreneur Jason Fried has a radical theory of working: that the office isn't a good place to do it. In his TED talk, he lays out the main problems and offers suggestions to make work work.

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