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Supreme Court Will Hear New Challenge To Health Law

The court will consider the objections of companies that say providing contraception benefits to workers goes against the employers' religious beliefs.
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Illinois Judge Allows Same-Sex Couple To Wed Before Law Takes Effect

Gay marriage won't be legal in the state until June, but two Chicago women have been granted permission to marry immediately because one of them has terminal cancer.
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Meet Mensch On A Bench, Jewish Counterpart To Elf On The Shelf

The popular holiday toy Elf on the Shelf now has a Jewish counterpart. It's called Mensch on a Bench. Host Michel Martin talks to the creator, Neal Hoffman, about how he came up with the idea.
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End-Of-Life Conversations Not Easy, But Necessary

A new report from the Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project shows that Americans' attitudes about medical care at the end of life are changing. And there's still widespread resistance to talking about the issue. Host Michel Martin learns more about the study's findings and how to have these conversations.
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Saving Yourself From Thanksgiving T.M.I.

Holiday gatherings can be a great time to catch up on big news in the family. But they can also lead to awkward talks and sharing just a little too much information. Host Michel Martin gets advice on sticky holiday conversations with etiquette experts, Philip Galanes and Harriette Cole.
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Secretary Of Labor Says Raising Minimum Wage Will Grow Economy

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez has only been in office for a few months, but he's already making waves. He's pushing for a higher minimum wage and immigration reform. Perez speaks with host Michel Martin about his goals for the U.S. labor force.
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Debate: Does Spying Keep Us Safe?

Some argue that spying on vast numbers of innocent people is a violation of privacy, as well as a waste of security resources. But others argue that mass electronic surveillance is vital to the fight against terrorism. A team of experts debates for the latest Intelligence Squared U.S.
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If You Must Fry A Turkey, Listen To William Shatner First

For those who absolutely must cook their birds in hot oil, there are plenty of safety videos showing how to do it. Among the most entertaining is Shatner's rap.
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'I Am Alive For A Reason,' Says Va. Lawmaker Stabbed By Son

Virginia State Sen. Creigh Deeds was attacked and seriously wounded by his adult son, who then committed suicide. Deeds says the state's mental health system failed. He says his life's work now "is to make sure other families don't have to go through what we are living."

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Minnesota Woman Embraces Her Full Name

Dr. Happy Thanksgiving Reynolds says she was born to hippie parents, who hadn't picked out a name ahead of time. When their daughter arrived on Thanksgiving Day, they took it as a sign. Reynolds says her name has helped her get job interviews.

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