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Wed August 24, 2011

On Location: 'Fort Apache,' A War Zone In The Bronx

Paul Newman (center) as Murphy, a conflicted police officer, in the 1981 film Fort Apache, The Bronx.
20th Century Fox The Kobal Collection

When the film Fort Apache, The Bronx, starring Paul Newman as a conflicted cop patrolling a neighborhood ravaged by poverty and drugs, came out in 1981, it was a controversial hit. Local community leaders fought with the film's producers and threatened to sue because of the way the film depicted blacks and Puerto Ricans.

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Wed August 24, 2011

For Corn Farmers, There's Gold In Them There Fields

High grain prices and increasing yields have been an economic windfall for farmers. Low stockpiles, the use in ethanol production and orders from China have driven up demand and are expected to keep corn prices high.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Corn is a mighty hot commodity these days.

Grain prices soared after weather damage across the Corn Belt led the U.S. Department of Agriculture to predict lower yields than previously expected earlier this month.

Some agronomists and farmers predict yields will likely be even lower because of ongoing heat and drought.

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Wed August 24, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

When Forgetfulness Needs Medical Attention

In Pat Summitt's 1999 book Reach for the Summit, what comes through about the legendary University of Tennessee women's basketball coach is her singular toughness.

Summitt, 59, announced yesterday that she has been diagnosed with early onset dementia caused by Alzheimer's. Her grit, it seems, remains intact. She said she will continue coaching as she begins treatment.

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Wed August 24, 2011
The Two-Way

Dick Cheney Reveals He Kept A Secret Resignation Letter

Former Vice President Dick Cheney, on November 2010 in Dallas.
Tom Pennington Getty Images

You'll be hearing a lot about former Vice President Dick Cheney in the next couple of weeks. His memoir, In My Life, hits stores Aug. 29. And on that same day, NBC News will air an exclusive interview with Cheney during "Dateline," and another one during "Today" on Aug. 30.

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Wed August 24, 2011
It's All Politics

Gallup: Rick Perry Opens 12-Point Lead Over Mitt Romney

There really is a new sheriff in town or, more precisely, frontrunner in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, and he's Texas Gov. Rick Perry who has opened a 29 percent to 17 percent lead over Mitt Romney with Republican voters, according to a new Gallup poll.

Another interesting result: Rep. Ron Paul of Texas was in third place with 13 percent, clearly placing him in the vaunted top tier. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota was in fourth place at 10 percent.

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