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  • Obama To Visit Dallas To Smooth Bumps In Health Care Sign-Up
    President Obama travels to Dallas on Wednesday to meet with volunteers who've been working to educate consumers about the government's new health insurance marketplace. That task has been made more difficult by persistent technical problems plaguing the website.
  • Supreme Court Case Puts Public Prayer Back In The Spotlight
    On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a major case testing the use of prayer at government meetings. The case could produce some guidelines for the future after often conflicting rulings in the lower courts.
  • Secret Persuasion: How Big Campaign Donors Stay Anonymous
    Tax-exempt social welfare groups have become the vehicle of choice for big political contributions. NPR, in partnership with the Center for Responsive Politics, traces the money moving through a Washington, D.C., group, and the law that makes this activity possible.
  • Neo-Nazis In Germany Use Music To Attract Followers
    Neo-Nazi music is a pervasive problem in Germany. Government officials say the songs aid recruitment of young people into extremist groups. But officials say banning such music to protect Germany's young people isn't as easy as it once was because musicians are increasingly sly about what they put out.
  • Twitter's IPO Managed Differently Than Other Tech Stocks
    What makes an initial public offering a success? Twitter is going the old school route, pricing its shares modestly in hopes of a pop in early trading. The company will go public on Thursday, and the banks they've hired to help are some of the oldest and most well established in the country.
  • Google's Barge Provokes Wild Expectations
    A mysterious barge stacked with shipping containers is docked at a pier on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay. It's owned by Google but Google isn't revealing the reason the barge is there. The barge has captured the imagination of people around the globe.
  • Toronto Mayor: 'Yes, I Have Smoked Crack Cocaine'
    Rob Ford said it happened during the past year, perhaps during a "drunken stupor." Over the weekend, the embattled politician apologized but vowed to continue on as mayor.
  • Seattle Suburb Backs Higher Minimum Wage
    In the Seattle suburb of SeaTac, supporters of a ballot initiative implementing a $15 hourly minimum wage are declaring victory. The measure would benefit some 6,300 workers in the travel and hospitality industries around Seattle's main international airport.
  • Starbucks Is Latest Company Aiming To Help Vets Land Jobs
    The coffee giant says it will hire at least 10,000 veterans or their spouses over the next five years. It joins companies ranging from JPMorgan Chase to Walmart to Boeing in trying to bring down a stubbornly high unemployment rate for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Sprecher Slams High-Speed Electronic Exchanges
    The CEO of the firm that's about to take over the New York Stock Exchange has criticized alternative market trading. Jeffrey Sprecher said equity markets, including the NYSE, allow sophisticated traders to take advantage of small investors. He added such models are destined to fail and that people outside the markets have a sense things aren't fair.

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