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Is Operation Streamline Worth Its Budget Being Tripled?

Thursday, September 05, 2013

The Senate immigration bill calls for tripling a controversial federal court program called Operation Streamline. The program takes people caught crossing the border illegally, gives them prison sentences, then deports them. It's hugely expensive — but does it work?

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Patient Not Amused At Drawings On Her Face

Thursday, September 05, 2013

When a hospital employee at California's Torrance Memorial Medical Center checked in for treatment, an anesthesiologist allegedly drew a mustache and teardrops on her face. The doctor faces an investigation and a lawsuit, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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Sen. Tom Udall On Syrian Resolution

Thursday, September 05, 2013

On Wednesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed a resolution authorizing President Obama to take military action against the Syrian regime. It goes to the full Senate over the objections of New Mexico Democrat Tom Udall. Steve Inskeep talks with Sen. Udall about his concerns over intervention in Syria.

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Data Marketing Critics Check Out What's Written About Them

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Companies that collect and sell information about you are usually pretty secretive. But one of the biggest is now allowing consumers to look themselves up. Acxiom Corporation has set up the website: AboutTheData.com.

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Lawmakers Struggle With Wording Of Syria Resolution

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Congress is trying to fashion language that would restrict U.S. involvement in Syria from escalating. But lawmakers often find it uncomfortable to rein in the commander in chief once U.S. forces have been committed.

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More Cities Sweeping Homeless Into Less Prominent Areas

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Nationally, there is an increase in cities responding to visible poverty including homelessness by criminalizing it. In recent years, municipalities from Seattle to Tampa have cracked down on the homeless and groups that help them. Now, Raleigh, N.C., is trying to find middle ground between the homeless and business owners.

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Under Dust And Rust, 'New' Classic Cars Go Up For Auction

Thursday, September 05, 2013

A long-closed car dealership in Nebraska will soon auction more than 500 classic cars, many with fewer than 10 miles on the odometer. Though time has taken a toll on many on the block, in some ways the cars are brand new. Some still have plastic on the seats and the price sticker on the window.

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Forget Twitter. In St. Louis, Bare Your Soul Via Typewriter

Thursday, September 05, 2013

With more than 300,000 residents, St. Louis has a lot on its mind. Local poet Henry Goldkamp hopes to find out just what makes the city tick with his new public art project. He's installed 37 typewriters citywide, asking for answers to the question, "What The Hell Is St. Louis Thinking?"

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Calif. Gov. Debates Changing Who's Eligible For Jury Duty

Thursday, September 05, 2013

The California legislature passed a bill that would allow lawful permanent residents to sit on juries. Governor Jerry Brown has until Oct. 13 to sign the bill into law. If he does, California will be the first state to allow non-citizens to perform jury duty.

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Montana Prosecutors Will Appeal 30-Day Rape Sentence

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

District Judge G. Todd Baugh unleashed a firestorm of criticism when he issued the lenient sentence, saying that the victim, who later committed suicide, "seemed older than her chronological age."

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Ohio Kidnapper Ariel Castro Commits Suicide In Prison

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Ariel Castro, the man convicted of kidnapping and abusing three women and holding them prisoner in his Cleveland home, hanged himself in his cell on Tuesday night.

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Miss., Texas Won't Offer VA Benefits To Same-Sex Partners

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

The Texas National Guard says it will not offer benefits to same-sex spouses. The announcement was made despite an order from the Pentagon that all marriages should be treated equally.

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Native Americans Camp Out To Protest Wis. Mining Project

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

A dispute over a proposed iron ore mine in Wisconsin has spilled into the nearby woods. Native Americans have set up a camp to protect land near the mine site and say federal treaty rights allow the campers to stay.

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Neigbhors Call For Notice When Fracking Moves In Next Door

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

The practice of hydraulic fracturing is something typically associated with fields and open land. But it's not uncommon in Colorado and other states for a residential neighborhood to become the site of oil and gas activity.

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Bill Clinton Steps Up To Dispel The Confusion Over Obamacare

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

With less than a month until the launch of the new health care exchanges, polls show people are still mightily confused about how the Affordable Care Act works. So the Obama administration is bringing out the big guns, including former president and explainer-in-chief Bill Clinton.

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A Greener Way To Cool Your Foods On The Way To The Grocery Store

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

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?'

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

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?

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

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

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

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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Program Fights Gun Violence Bravado With 'Story Of Suffering'

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

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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