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Dec. 4, 2009

Entire Report Introduction An ex-inmate with an assault record found work with a Philadelphia construction firm (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) Ex-inmate Ronald Birkmire Jr. found work with a Philadelphia construction firm despite his assault record. To reduce recidivism, a new city program offers $10,000 ta...


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Dec. 11, 2009

Entire Report Introduction A first-grader reads a book in Spanish (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) First-grader Kasandra Herrera reads a book in Spanish in her dual-language classroom in Dodge City, Kan., where the Hispanic population has increased dramatically in recent years. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) Mo...


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Nov. 20, 2009

Entire Report Introduction Students can earn career-readiness certificates in six months (Central Piedmont Community College) A student learns welding at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, N.C. Students in the fast-track program can earn career-readiness certificates in six months or l...


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Nov. 13, 2009

Entire Report Introduction Gen. Anne E. Dunwoody, nation's first female four-star general (AFP/Getty Images/Kris Connor) Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody, a master parachutist and supply specialist, broke through the so-called brass ceiling in 2008, when she became the nation's first female four-star general. W...


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Oct. 30, 2009

Entire Report Introduction President Obama addressing the United Nations General Assembly. (AFP/Getty Images/Stan Honda) President Barack Obama reaffirmed U.S. support for human rights during an address to the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 23. Two weeks later he was awarded the Nobel Peac...


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Nov. 6, 2009

Entire Report Introduction Online visits can now be tracked (CQ Press/Screenshot) Consumers' visits to online shopping sites — as well as other sites — now can be tracked with new electronic tools by advertisers, Internet service providers and hackers. (CQ Press/Screenshot) The Internet has become n...


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Dec. 18, 2009

Entire Report Introduction In the wake of the recession, growing number of families are living in shelters (Getty Images/John Moore) Unable to pay her rent or find a job, a mother rests with her three children at the Presbyterian Night Shelter in Fort Worth, Texas, on June 19. In the wake of the rec...


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Jan. 8, 2010

Entire Report Introduction Rhesus monkey at a research facility in Great Britain (Understanding Animal Research/Wellcome Images) Rhesus monkeys hug at a research facility in Great Britain, where labs must protect the physical and mental well-being of social animals like monkeys by housing them in gr...


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Feb. 12, 2010

Entire Report Introduction Working in bed trains the brain to stop associating beds with sleep (Getty Images/Time Life Pictures/Joe McNally) Working in bed trains the brain to stop associating beds with sleep, which can cause insomnia. More than 40 million Americans have sleep disorders. (Getty Imag...


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Feb. 19, 2010

Entire Report Introduction Work crews restore power on high-voltage transmission lines outside New Orleans (Bloomberg via Getty Images/Rae Morris) Work crews restore power on high-voltage transmission lines outside New Orleans knocked down by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The Obama administration wants...


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Feb. 5, 2010

Entire Report Introduction James O'Keefe was charged With illegally entering office (AP Photo/U.S. Dept. of Justice) Conservative activist and self-described journalist James O'Keefe was charged in late January with illegally entering the office of Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., with associates posing a...


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Jan. 29, 2010

Entire Report Introduction Ben Roethlisberger passes against the Arizona Cardinals (Getty Images/Chris Graythen) Concussion-prone Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger passes against the Arizona Cardinals in last year's Super Bowl. This past November he suffered a concussion in a game a...


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Jan. 15, 2010

Entire Report Introduction The Ten Commandments monument on the Texas capitol grounds (Getty Images/Jana Birchum) The decades-old Ten Commandments monument on the Texas capitol grounds does not violate the Establishment Clause of the Constitution, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled. But the court held...


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Jan. 22, 2010

Entire Report Introduction Tiger Woods acknowledged being unfaithful to his wife (Getty Images/Mark Dadswell) Golfer Tiger Woods is among numerous celebrities from the sports, entertainment and political worlds whose sex scandals have been covered extensively in the media recently. Woods acknowledge...


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Oct. 23, 2009

Entire Report Introduction Obama's U.S. citizenship: A conspiracists' issue in 9–12 Washington march (Jeff Malet) A demonstrator questions President Barack Obama's U.S. citizenship — a popular conspiracists' issue — at the recent “9–12 March on Washington” sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots and oth...


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Oct. 16, 2009

Entire Report Introduction Ares I rocket - proposed space exploration program (NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center) An artist's rendering shows an Ares I rocket, part of the $80 billion Constellation space exploration program designed to eventually travel to Mars. The program is under review by the Ob...


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Jul. 24, 2009

Entire Report Introduction A coal-fired power  plant in western Pennsylvania (Getty Images/Robert Nickelsberg) Smoke and steam pour from a coal-fired power plant in western Pennsylvania. A measure recently passed in the House would impose increasingly tight caps on emissions from burning carbon-base...


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Jul. 31, 2009

Entire Report Introduction Julie Morris with  daughter at Family Gateway homeless shelter in  Dallas. (Getty Images/John Moore) Julie Morris, with daughter Hailey, moved to the Family Gateway homeless shelter in Dallas in May with her three daughters and husband after he was laid off from his constr...


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Jul. 17, 2009

Entire Report Introduction Errors in trial testimony - A case study of George Rodriguez. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) George Rodriguez is free after spending 17 years in a Texas prison for a rape he did not commit. Rodriguez, who was awarded $5 million, is one of four men released from prison in rece...


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Jun. 26, 2009

Entire Report Introduction Owen Wilson (AFP/Getty Images/Robyn Beck) Movie actor Owen Wilson, 40 — known as a happy-go-lucky “slacker” on screen — shocked fans in August 2007 when he reportedly slit his wrists and took a drug overdose in a suicide attempt. It was later revealed that he has fought a...


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Jun. 12, 2009

Entire Report Introduction Cheryl Aichele (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) Cheryl Aichele, a marijuana activist in Los Angeles who smokes pot to relieve chronic back pain, protests on Feb. 5 against the arrest of medical-marijuana dispensary operators in California. In March the Obama administration said it wo...


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Jun. 19, 2009

Entire Report Introduction Irene Massey Getty Images/David Paul Morris Eighty-three-year-old Irene Massey — the nation's oldest mail carrier — celebrates her retirement in Concord, Calif., in 2005. The ongoing economic crisis is forcing even those who have saved for retirement to continue working to...


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Aug. 7, 2009

Entire Report Introduction A U.S. Marines began a massive assault in the area to quash insurgent violence and strengthen. (Getty Images/Joe Raedle) A U.S. Marine frisks an Afghan man in southern Helmand Province on July 5. Marines began a massive assault in the area in July to quash insurgent violen...


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Aug. 28, 2009

Entire Report Introduction Angry town hall meting on heath-care reform (Getty Images/Chris Gardner) A citizen sounds off during a town hall meeting on health-care reform in Lebanon, Pa., held by Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., on Aug. 11, 2009. (Getty Images/Chris Gardner) For the first time in 15 years,...


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Oct. 2, 2009

Entire Report Introduction A submarine-launched Trident missile (AP Photo/Lockheed Martin Corp.) A submarine-launched Trident missile — capable of carrying multiple nuclear warheads — lifts off during a test. (AP Photo/Lockheed Martin Corp.) Peace activists have sought to eliminate nuclear weapons f...


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Oct. 9, 2009

Entire Report Introduction Pop superstar Michael Jackson, his death and danger of prescription drugs. (Getty Images/Joshua Gates Weisberg-Pool) The sudden death of pop superstar Michael Jackson in June from an accidental overdose of sedatives and other drugs is seen as a wake-up call about the dange...


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Sep. 25, 2009

Entire Report Introduction Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on unauthorized use of interrogation techniques. (AFP/Getty Photo/Mandel Ngan) Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. wants cases reopened in which CIA agents may have used unauthorized interrogation techniques, including a mock execution....


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Sep. 18, 2009

Entire Report Introduction Army National Guard Lt. Daniel Choi on gays in the military. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) Army National Guard Lt. Daniel Choi symbolizes the debate over whether gays should be allowed to serve openly in the military. The West Point graduate and Arabic language specialist f...


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Sep. 4, 2009

Entire Report Introduction A volunteer educating school children on financial literacy in Los Angeles. (Operation Hope, Inc.) A volunteer for Operation Hope's Banking on Our Future program drills elementary school students in Los Angeles on the ABC's of financial literacy. (Operation Hope, Inc.) Poo...


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Sep. 11, 2009

Entire Report Introduction Once-secure state workers are facing layoffs and pay cuts because budget shortfalls. (AP Photo/Joe Sebo) High-school librarian Melissa Payne, of Morrow, Ga., is starting the school year with $1,000 less in her paycheck. Across the country, once-secure state workers are fac...

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