New country, new sport for young Somalis in Minn. Soccer is the most popular sport among Somalis in their native country. Young Somali-Americans, on the other hand, are passionate about basketball. The Hoop for Hope Somali Basketball Tournament, held in Minneapolis recently, is proof of that. Last week, hundreds of young adults cheered on Somali athletes from across the U.S. and Canada as they competed in what has become an annual sporting event.5:24 p.m.
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Obama Touts Auto Industry On Bus Tour
President Obama kicked off a two-day bus tour of Ohio and Pennsylvania on Thursday, talking about auto jobs and trade with China. Robert Siegel talks to Scott Horsley.
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Physics And Cities: View From The Street
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After A Forced Abortion, A Roaring Debate In China
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