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Dogs Prove To Be Key In Battle Against Giant African Snails

While Florida hasn't yet declared victory, more than 128,000 of the destructive creatures have been found and eradicated in the past two years. Labrador retrievers are being used to sniff out the snails.
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More Americans Are In The Mood To Travel For Labor Day

As the U.S. economy improves, people are eager for one last summer adventure, according to trade groups that track travel. Labor Day weekend travel is expected to jump by 4.2 percent over last year.
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Striking Syria Still Seems A Question Of When, Not Whether

The White House is expected to soon release more of the evidence it says it has to support the case that the Assad regime used chemical weapons against its own people. Despite the news that Britain won't be joining in any military action, the Obama administration seems determined to go ahead.
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Have A Red Carpet Moment Whenever You Want

If you haven't had enough of last weekend's Video Music Awards, you can take a little home with you. A Brooklyn store owner is auctioning off a strip of the long red carpet that was laid in front of his Mini Mart near the event. He says if no one bites, he'll put it in his basement.
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Kittens Force Partial Closure Of NYC Subway

Two subway lines in Brooklyn were shut down on Thursday when transit workers saw two tiny kittens on the track. Supervisors and transit police joined the pursuit but it took almost two hours of cat herding to catch the kitties and clear the tracks.
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Afghan Viewpoint Of U.S. Army Trial Of Robert Bales

A group of Afghan victims and witnesses were flown to the U.S. for the sentencing hearing of Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales. Bales gunned down 16 people last year just outside his outpost in Kandahar province. Ahmad Shafi was asked to translate the proceedings to the group of Afghans, and he talks about the experience with Morning Edition host Renee Montagne.
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Concussion Suits: NFL, Retirees Reach $765 Million Deal

More than 4,500 retired players had been part of the lawsuits. They claimed the league hadn't properly protected them over the years. In the settlement, the NFL does not admit any liability.
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In NCAA Division I Football, Winning Isn't Everything

The college football season got under way Thursday night. In one game, Presbyterian College lost to Wake Forest 31-7. That result was not a surprise. Presbyterian is the smallest football school in Division I. Every year, lower-level Division I schools make a lot of money losing to larger and richer schools.
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Money May Be Motivating Doctors To Do More C-Sections

Many obstetricians make more money for C-sections than for vaginal deliveries. In a recent study, these doctors were more likely to perform the costly procedure than doctors paid a flat salary. But when the pregnant women were also physicians, doctors seemed less swayed by financial incentives.
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Filner's Exit Isn't The End Of San Diego's Mayoral Mayhem

On Friday, embattled Mayor Bob Filner officially steps down. Allegations of sexual harassment against Filner have rocked the eighth-largest American city. Now, San Diegans face a potentially contentious special election in November.

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