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10:01pm

Tue July 19, 2011
Your Money

When You Call A Locksmith, Will A Con Man Answer?

The Real Deal: Locksmiths are trying to find ways to warn the public against scam artists. In this file photo, a locksmith picks the lock of a foreclosed home in California.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Hard economic times often give rise to swindlers, people hoping to make a quick buck by misleading hapless consumers. It's not easy to catch these conmen, who often go door-to-door. But there's one scam out there that's mobilized an army of angry people. The scam has locksmiths up in arms.

Bill Roberts has been a locksmith serving small cities in central Virginia for seven years.

Out on a recent service call, he said he has a good, steady business — "if you don't mind working long hours, and being on call 7 days a week, 24 hours a day."

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10:01pm

Tue July 19, 2011
Around the Nation

A Memorial For Three Mysterious Sailors

A monument in Seaside, Ore., stands in remembrance of three unknown sailors who washed up on shore on Apr. 25, 1865.
Tom Goldman NPR

This story is part of an ongoing series called Honey, Stop The Car: Monuments That Move You, which checks out memorials across the country that inspire drivers to pull over.

I close my eyes, and I can see the stone monument I'd passed countless times on my short walk to the ocean. How could I not? The monument is across the road from the house my parents owned in Seaside, Ore., for 25 years.

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10:01pm

Tue July 19, 2011
Iraq

In Iraq's Tahrir Square, A Plea For Missing Relatives

A woman at the protest holds a photograph of missing male relatives.
Isra al Rubei'i NPR

Nearly every Friday, there's a small Arab uprising in Baghdad. The location is Tahrir Square, a plaza marked by a renowned modernist sculpture that depicts Iraqis in a lifelong struggle for freedom. Alongside young protesters calling for an end to corruption and better services is a distinctive and resolute group: women in black robes holding photographs of their male relatives — the mothers, wives and sisters of the missing.

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10:01pm

Tue July 19, 2011
Law

Senate Panel To Consider End Of Gay Marriage Ban

There has been a lot for supporters of gay marriage to celebrate this year, including a new law that permits same-sex nuptials in New York.

Back in February, the Justice Department said it would no longer defend the federal law that restricts marriage to heterosexual couples, citing doubts about its constitutionality. This week, the White House said President Obama wants to overturn the law. On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will consider a bill that would do that and — for the first time — give federal benefits to same-sex couples who marry.

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10:01pm

Tue July 19, 2011
U.S.

Gay Divorce A Higher Hurdle Than Marriage

Since gay marriages aren't recognized by the federal government, gay divorce can be a legal mess.
Fiona Shields/Flickr

As thousands of gay and lesbian couples are planning weddings in New York — and celebrating their hard-fought right to marry — others around the nation are fighting for the right to divorce.

Since most states, and the federal government, don't recognize gay marriages, many same-sex couples are left with no way to officially split.

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