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Obama's hopes for race row solution

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In an attempt to defuse a race row involving a black Harvard professor and a white police officer, President Barack Obama has invited both men to the White House for a drink.

Henry Louis Gates and Jim Crowley will meet the president for a conciliatory beer after an incident at the professor's home in Cambridge, Massachusetts escalated into a nationwide row about race.

Matthew Price reports from Massachusetts.

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