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6:34 pm
Wed July 4, 2012

Aboriginal Musicians 'Band' Together To Expose Oppression

Singers Deline Briscoe, Shellie Morris and Lou Bennett (pictured left to right) perform with Australia's Black Arm Band Company.
Courtesy of the artist

A black arm band is a gesture of mourning around the world. But for aboriginals in Australia it has come to mean something else.

The "black arm band view of history" is a version of history that takes a critical — some would say militant — analysis of Anglo-Australia's mistreatment of indigenous people. Much like American Indians, indigenous Australians — who've lived on their continent for at least 40,000 years — have had their land stolen, treaties broken, and children taken away.

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Around the Nation
4:11 pm
Wed July 4, 2012

Military Service A Stepping Stone To American Dream

The military remains an appealing path to many, and data shows most vets earn more over their lifetime. But of course military service brings some serious risks, and doesn't always pay off in the short term.

Environment
4:10 pm
Wed July 4, 2012

Climate Change Buoying Wildfires Across Country

Intense weather including storms, droughts and wildfires has racked America recently. Are they symptoms of climate change or is it just a hot summer? Robert Siegel talks to Kevin Trenberth, a climate scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.

History
4:10 pm
Wed July 4, 2012

Founding Fathers Defined Freedom Differently

Robert Siegel explores the possible consequences of the current of fear among some Americans that our freedom is eroding, and that a mark of that is the Affordable Care Act. How did the Founding Fathers create an umbrella idea of "freedom?"

Around the Nation
4:10 pm
Wed July 4, 2012

Service Members Become Citizens At White House

President Barack Obama led a special naturalization ceremony for new citizens from the U.S. military at the White House. Robert Siegel has more.

Around the Nation
4:08 pm
Wed July 4, 2012

Dozens Of U.S. Cities Cancel Fireworks Show

Firework shows have been cancelled across the country due to dry conditions. The city of Rockville, Maryland, has also cancelled their show due to the lasting effects of a powerful wind storm over the weekend that left thousands without power. Robert Siegel talks to Tom Moore of the Rockville city council.

Business
3:47 pm
Wed July 4, 2012

Fear Of Fires Fizzles Some July Fourth Fireworks Fun

Susan Underwood prices fireworks, while her husband Michael (left) and Clint Simmons pace themselves with a snack and TV last month at their tent along Highway 416 in Sevier County, Tenn. Over in Middle Tennessee, the drought has led city leaders to ban fireworks this year.
Curt Habraken AP

Originally published on Wed July 4, 2012 4:59 pm

Freddie Bowers and his dad, Larry, have sold fireworks in LaVergne, Tenn., for a lifetime. But, the sparklers are off limits this year since the region has had the hottest streak in recorded history and several small fires in the area have been blamed on fireworks.

For people in the fireworks business, Christmas usually comes in July. Only this year, three-quarters of the country are experiencing some level of drought and from the Mountain West to the Southeast, cities are temporarily banning fireworks.

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Business
3:37 pm
Wed July 4, 2012

Ex-CEO: Barclays Isn't The Only Bank At Fault

Former Barclays CEO Bob Diamond leaves Parliament amid a crowd of reporters in London on Wednesday. Diamond, who resigned Tuesday, was questioned about a growing interest-rate manipulation scandal.
Matthew Lloyd Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 4, 2012 5:35 pm

The fallen leader of Barclays Bank got on the hot seat before members of the British Parliament on Wednesday. Robert Diamond, an American, resigned Tuesday as CEO of the bank — the latest executive to lose his job over an interest-rate manipulation scandal.

The scandal has not only consumed Barclays, it also threatens to engulf other international banks — and high-ranking government officials, too.

Diamond started his career at Barclays on Independence Day, exactly 16 years ago. On Wednesday in London, he set off some fireworks all his own.

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Sports
3:01 pm
Wed July 4, 2012

Baseball's Teen Phenom Steals Home, And Hearts

Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper walks out of the clubhouse before an interleague baseball game in Baltimore.
Patrick Semansky AP

Originally published on Wed July 4, 2012 4:03 pm

Bryce Harper was 16 when he appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, pictured swinging a bat in the desert and declared "Baseball's Chosen One."

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Middle East
1:55 pm
Wed July 4, 2012

Medical Marijuana Use Sprouting In Israel

Moshe Rute smokes cannabis at the Hadarim nursing home in Kibutz Naan, Israel. In conjunction with Israel's Health Ministry, the Tikkun Olam company is distributing cannabis for medicinal purposes to more than 1,800 people in Israel.
Uriel Sinai Getty Images

Originally published on Sun July 8, 2012 8:33 am

Israel has become a world leader in the use of medical marijuana. More than 10,000 patients have received government licenses to consume the drug to treat ailments such as cancer and chronic pain.

But while the unorthodox treatment has gained acceptance in Israel, it still has its critics.

Susan Malkah breathes in the cloud of smoke from a plastic inhaler especially formulated for medical marijuana use. She has a number of serious ailments and is confined to a wheelchair.

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