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  • High Court Ruling Fuels Chicago's Handgun Debate
    In Chicago, it is legal now to own a handgun, following a Supreme Court ruling that challenged the city's longtime ban. Gun-rights advocates say Chicago residents will be safer now from violent crime. But those advocating gun control say the opposite: that guns in the home put more people at risk.
  • Some D.C. Residents Say It's Too Hard To Get A Gun
    The Supreme Court ruled last week that states and localities cannot ban handguns intended for self-defense. Washington, D.C., ended its gun ban two years ago, but some residents complain it's still too difficult to get a weapon. A D.C. councilman says the rules do what they're supposed to do -- identify the bad guys, and leave the good guys alone.
  • Sharp Edge: One Man's Quest To Improve Saw Safety
    Every year, more than 3,000 people around the U.S. cut off their fingers or thumbs in table saw accidents, according to federal data. One entrepreneur created a device called SawStop that prevents such injuries. But mainstream tool companies have been slow to adopt the technology.
  • Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams Wimbledon Champs
    For the second time in three years, Rafael Nadal is the men's Wimbledon champion. He beat Tomas Berdych 6-3, 7-5, 6-4, in a match Sunday that took 2 hours and 13 minutes. The day before, Serena Williams beat Vera Zvonareva 6-3, 6-2 in the women's final. Matt Cronin, of, talks to Renee Montagne about the matches.
  • Pine Nuts May Be To Blame For That Bitter Aftertaste
    Scientists haven't documented any long-term health effects from eating bad pine nuts, just an annoying, temporary metallic taste in the mouth.
  • Can You Be Fat And Fit? More Health Experts Say Yes
    Increasingly, research shows that being fit may trump being fat -- or at least moderately overweight. In one study, physically active but overweight women were less likely to suffer heart problems than their normal weight counterparts who didn't exercise.
  • Strike Over Fuel Prices Cripples India
    In India, demonstrators have taken to the streets to protest rising fuel prices. In New Delhi, the strike has shut down the city. Demonstrators are protesting the government's decision to remove the lid on the price of gas.
  • Cash Incentive Program For Poor Families To Expire
    Across the country, officials and nonprofits are encouraging social change with cash incentives. Some results are in from a program in New York, where the city has been paying poor families to engage in positive behaviors, like going to the doctor more regularly. The goal is to boost incomes and help these families move out of poverty but after three years, the program ends this summer.
  • McDonald's To Makeover Its Menu
    McDonald's is scrapping some items that are selling poorly like the Big 'N Tasty burger, and it's adding some choices it hopes will be more popular. Later this month, McDonald's will add strawberry-banana smoothies to its expanding beverage menu. And in January, it will introduce oatmeal with cranberries and raisins.
  • Poor Economic Numbers Mar Lawmakers' Vacation
    The 4th of July weekend began a week-long recess for members of Congress. Many are back in their districts with an eye on November's elections. As they headed out of the capital, lawmakers had bad economic news in their sails: bleak job numbers show a weak economic recovery.

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