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Last Updated Apr 17, 2015 1:27 PM EDT


COVER STORY: Atheists: In godlessness we trust
The promise of religious freedom is one of the founding tenets of our nation -- the assurance that Americans can practice the faith of their choice without interference or prejudice. But what about the freedom to have NO religion - to not to believe in any god whatsoever?

The Constitution guarantees equality under the law, so why do people who admit to being atheists often feel persecuted?

Our Mo Rocca examines the predicament of not believing in God in a country where "In God We Trust" is printed on our currency, and the president ends every speech by declaring "God bless the United States of America"?

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ALMANAC: Ole Evinrude

FASHION: Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook may not have achieved the legendary status of Wilt Chamberlain or Michael Jordan yet. But the 26-year-old NBA all-star for the Oklahoma City Thunder is starting to rack up statistics on the court that put him in the conversation. But it is the style points he is earning OFF the court that have taken him from the sports pages to the fashion and celebrity pages.

Vladimir Duthiers catches up with the ever-stylish Westbrook to talk about his blossoming fashion empire, as well as his remarkable personal journey from inner-city Los Angeles to the heights of superstardom.

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NATURE: Northern Lights
Many of us have heard of the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights. But few of us have the rare opportunity of seeing in person the other-worldly, dancing clouds of light that color the skies. And perhaps for good reason: The phenomenon is only visible in extremely northern climes, like Alaska, where temperatures during nighttime's prime viewing hours can run to 45 degrees below zero.

Our intrepid correspondent Lee Cowan made the trek for his breathtaking report on nature's most spectacular light show.

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Q&A: Kate Mulgrew
Anthony Mason sits down with actress Kate Mulgrew to talk about her decades-long career, from "Ryan's Hope" to "Star Trek: Voyager," to "Orange Is the New Black," and about her search for the daughter she gave up for adoption.

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HARTMAN: In memoriam
Steve Hartman remembers Lauren Hill: The 19-year-old college basketball player may have had a terminal brain tumor, but dying was the last thing on her mind.

Russell Crowe is without question one of the premier actors of his generation. He earned an Academy Award for his performance as a Roman general in "Gladiator," and Oscar nominations for playing a tortured genius in "A Beautiful Mind" and a tobacco industry whistleblower in "The Insider."

From "L.A. Confidential" to "Master and Commander" to "Les Miserables," the range and quality of his acting is remarkable. Now he's trying his hand at directing, with the new film "The Water Diviner."

Seth Doane travels to Australia for an at-home visit with Crowe at the actor-director's stunning 1,400-acre ranch.

PREVIEW VIDEO: Russell Crowe on the almost greatest job in the world
Preview: The Oscar-winner talks to Seth Doane about the fascination of acting, and about the job he enjoyed even more.

PREVIEW: Russell Crowe: I enjoy directing more than acting

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OPINION: Bill Flanagan doesn't subscribe to new ideas of ownership

CALENDAR: Week of April 20
"Sunday Morning" takes a look at some notable events of the week ahead. Charles Osgood reports.

EDELSTEIN: In praise of Kristen Stewart
Our film critic says the "Twilight" franchise queen more than proves her acting chops in "Clouds of Sils Maria."

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NATURE: Saguaro National Park
We leave you this morning at Saguaro National Park in southern Arizona ... just one of the parks you can visit free of charge during National Park Week.

RECAP: APRIL 12, "The Money Issue"

Anthony Mason is guest host of our annual special broadcast devoted to finances, business, entrepreneurs, and the very mechanisms by which Americans make, invest and spend their hard-earned cash.

HEADLINES: Drawing a curtain on the U.S.-Cuban Cold War (Video)
In Panama City, President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro spent an hour discussing future ties between the two nations. Major Garrett was there for the historic encounter. Major Garrett reports.

The art of creating brand names | Watch Video
Many of our favorite products and services begin with a catchy name: Apple, Google, Amazon. But would they be the giants they are if they were named, say, Pear, Moogle and Hudson? Someone had to come up with those perfect names we all know so well, and David Placek is one of the best.

Lee Cowan visits Placek, a so-called namer, whose company has, among others, come up with "Outback" for Subaru, "On*Star" for General Motors, "Pentium" for Intel, and "Deskjet" for Hewlett-Packard. He'll share some naming secrets!

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Moneymakers: Artists at the U.S. Mint | Watch Video
In a world obsessed with earning money, and spending it, it's understandable why you might not take a minute to examine your spare change. But if you did, you might find those coins are miniature works of art. Anna Werner meets a man who designs our state quarters and commemorative coins.

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Making sense of pennies | Watch Video
Is the penny worth saving? Every year the copper coin buys less, while continuing to aggravate shoppers and cashiers. So should the U.S. follow Canada's lead and dump ours?

Correspondent Nancy Giles explores the history and the pros and cons of the humble penny, the coin we love to hate.

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Brewing controversy over coffee pods | Watch Video
Susan Spencer of "48 Hours" looks at three products you didn't know you needed, but that Americans now MUST have.

In part one, Spencer looks at coffee pods. Single-serve coffee machines are a hit, now found in a third of American homes - as are millions of used coffee pods. Susan Spencer reports.

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Cherry blossom season brings beauty and business to Japan (Video)
And with all of this pink, businesses see green. Seth Doane reports on the beauty of the flowering tree that is also big business.

Making Detroit grit chic | Watch Video
Dean Reynolds visits Shinola, the company that proudly advertises the products it manufactures as "made in Detroit."

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The fastest-growing energy bar, bar none | Watch Video
KIND bars are generating great success in the surging U.S. market for healthy snack bars. Susan Spencer reports.

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LUXURY: How today's mega-wealthy fly the friendly skies | Watch Video
Back in the 1960s Elvis Presley was "The King," and as an international superstar he traveled like royalty on not one, but TWO private jets.

Since then, the lifestyles of the rich and famous have taken on a whole new dimension, and today's private planes make Elvis' look like a Model-T. One of those is billionaire Donald Trump's $100 million private 757, complete with 24-karat gold-trimmed interior.

Correspondent Vladimir Duthiers of CBSN gets a sneak peek inside Trump's home away from home, and learns what it means to be among the modern-day jet set.

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For Jeremy Piven, it's just a matter of time
Jeremy Piven has made a career turning supporting roles into characters you can't forget. In the hit HBO series "Entourage," he played the hard-charging (and often obnoxious) super-agent Ari Gold. Now he's taking on the role of his life, as Harry Gordon Selfridge, the man who changed the way the world shops, on the PBS "Masterpiece" series, "Mr. Selfridge."

Tracy Smith catches up with the Emmy- and Golden Globe-winner.

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Pirate Joe raids Trader Joe's shelves | Watch Video
Cruising through West Seattle in his white van, Mike Hallatt has to be very careful. Hallatt is shopping for groceries. Because Trader Joe's doesn't have a store in Canada, Hallatt buys products from the chain's locations in the U.S. and hauls them north to Vancouver, where he resells it at a markup at his store: Pirate Joe's.

Mo Rocca goes undercover.

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Watches that keep a close watch on you | Watch Video
Activity trackers record how much you are moving -- and nudge you when you're not. Susan Spencer reports.

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The Uberization of personal services | Watch Video
It seems just about everyone has a smartphone these days, and with these phones comes a seemingly infinite array of goods and services literally at your fingertips. New apps and start-up companies are providing just about anything you could dream of at the push of a button, from coffee delivered to your home to medical marijuana rushed to your office.

Call it the "on-demand economy." Rita Braver takes a look at the booming world of instant gratification.

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What NOT to do with your money | Watch Video
Financial expert Suze Orman has important tips on how to stay out of trouble.

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The best part of making a fortune: Giving it away | Watch Video
Web exclusive: Economist and Nobel laureate Robert Shiller says aspiring to riches is not as inspiring as what charity affords the giver.

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NATURE: Mount Rushmore (Extended Video)
We leave you this morning at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota.


In praise of hymns | Watch Video
This Sunday more than 2 billion Christians around the world will celebrate Easter, one of the holiest days of the year. It is a day when many raise their voice in song, and while the majority of the most popular hymns sung in churches today were written centuries ago, a select few have been penned in recent years by a husband-and-wife songwriting team out of Nashville, Tenn.

Tracy Smith pays an at-home visit with popular hymn composers Keith and Kristyn Getty.

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Sowing seeds for victory | Watch Video
Washington Atlee Burpee, born on April 5th, 1858, founded a mail-order seed company that took on new importance during World War II. Charles Osgood reports.

GALLERY: Propaganda art for WWII Victory Gardens

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Many crosses to bear | Watch Video
In 1993, Bill Geist filmed a report on Bernard Coffindaffer, an oilman from West Virginia who spent his fortune erecting thousands of wooden crosses in 29 states across the country. He died just a few days before that report was to air, and the tapes - never broadcast - have been stored in the CBS News archives ever since.

After 22 years that story has a second chapter: Sara Abraham, founder of Crosses Across America, has picked up where Coffindaffer left off, continuing his mission on an even grander scale -- raising a 25-ton cross outside a seafood restaurant in Florence, Mississippi.

Geist has the amazing story.

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Meet America's point man on infectious diseases | Watch Video
For more than three decades Dr. Anthony Fauci has rallied the government when sickness becomes a public health crisis. Contributor Scott Simon of NPR sits down with the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

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Billie Holiday
"Sunday Morning" notes the centennial of the birth of the tortured blues songstress known as "Lady Day."

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Paying tribute to our beloved pets | Watch Video
Lee Cowan visits the Bubbling Well Pet Memorial Park in Napa, Calif., to see how devoted pet owners preserve the memory of their dearly departed companions.

This story was originally broadcast on April 27, 2014.

GALLERY: A final home for beloved pets

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Students experience living history on retired aircraft carrier (Video)
A few years ago, 10-year-old twins Carter and Jack Hanson really got into the game Battleship. That got them interested in naval warfare in general, which eventually led to a family vacation to see the Yorktown, a retired aircraft carrier in Charleston, S.C., where their encounter with a WWII veteran showed them how amazing living history can be. Steve Hartman reports on the encounter.

Candice Bergen and her fine romances
It seems Candice Bergen was born to be famous. Her father was Edgar Bergen, the internationally-known ventriloquist who, along with his wise-cracking partner Charlie McCarthy, was more popular in the 1940s than Mickey Mouse.

With her stunning good looks, Candice quickly made her own mark as a film actress, and with her role as news reporter "Murphy Brown," she became a five-time Emmy-winning TV star as well.

In her new book, "A Fine Romance," Bergen writes about her childhood, her marriage to French film director Louis Malle, her career, motherhood and more. She sits down with our Jane Pauley for an intimate portrait.

BOOK EXCERPT: "A Fine Romance" by Candice Bergen
In her latest memoir the actress writes about the birth of her daughter, Chloe, which perhaps set a record for epidurals.

EXTENDED TRANSCRIPT: Candice Bergen and Jane Pauley

GALLERY: Candice Bergen

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Lacrosse on the offense | Watch Video
Baseball may be "America's pastime," and football may rule the TV ratings roost, but the fastest-growing team sport in America is also one of the oldest: lacrosse. First played by Native Americans with rocks instead of balls in games that were part warfare, part play, lacrosse was picked up by Ivy League colleges like Harvard and Yale back in the late 1800s, and it quickly caught on.

Today, lacrosse is a mainstay at high schools and universities around the country, and there's a passionate fan base for pro lacrosse as well.

Mo Rocca picks up a stick and takes to the field for a first-hand experience of the fast-paced game.

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Week of April 6 | Watch Video
"Sunday Morning" looks at some notable events of the week ahead. Charles Osgood reports.

Sunni vs. Shiite | Watch Video
Clarissa Ward goes behind the headlines to look at the root of the division between Sunni and Shiite Muslims.

Muscovy ducks (Extended Video)
We leave you this morning in the company of Muscovy ducks in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.



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