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Federal Judge Declares Death Penalty Unconstitutional In California

Wed, 2014-07-16 14:52

Systemic delays create a system that is arbitrary, a federal judge in Orange County decided. Death penalty advocates, however, say delays are a bigger problem for victims' families.

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This Dirty Little Weed May Have Cleaned Up Ancient Teeth

Wed, 2014-07-16 14:07

Turns out that for 7,000 years, snacking on nutsedge may have helped people avoid tooth decay. But at some point, the root it lost its charm. By the 1970s, it was branded "the world's worst weed."

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Lotteries Take In Billions, Often Attract The Poor

Wed, 2014-07-16 13:39

Americans wager nearly $60 billion a year on lotteries. Revenues help states, which use the money to provide services. But researchers say the games often draw low-income gamblers who are on welfare.

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U.S. Sanctions Major Russian Banks And Energy Companies

Wed, 2014-07-16 13:33

The Obama administration announced new sanctions Wednesday that go well beyond any previously imposed in its dispute with Russia over Ukraine. It's not clear whether Europeans will match them.

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Militias Clash At Libyan Airport For Fourth Day

Wed, 2014-07-16 12:54

The Tripoli airport has become a battleground between rival groups. The United Nations pulled its personnel out of the country earlier this week due to concerns about violence around the country.

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Visa Makes Big Move To Boost Consumer Spending Online

Wed, 2014-07-16 12:45

Ever try shopping on your smartphone and decide you don't want to put in your credit card number? Visa says it's a big problem and came up with a tool that combines improved security and convenience.

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Patients With Low-Cost Insurance Struggle To Find Specialists

Wed, 2014-07-16 12:11

A Houston internist who supported the Affordable Care Act now finds that many of her patients who bought less expensive coverage have trouble getting the specialized care they need.

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The Devastation On The Ground In Gaza City

Wed, 2014-07-16 12:06

Audie Cornish speaks with Robert Turner of the United Nations in Gaza City, discussing the extent of the devastation there in the midst of Israel's bombardment.

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On Two Sides, Two Funerals — While Death Toll Mounts In Gaza

Wed, 2014-07-16 12:06

As the violence between Hamas and Israel continues, so too do the funerals that come in its wake. NPR correspondents Ari Shapiro and Emily Harris attended two such funerals today, in Tel Aviv and Gaza respectively, and they tell of what they learned there.

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Time Warner Rebuffs Rupert Murdoch's Big-Dollar Bid For Media Giant

Wed, 2014-07-16 12:06

Time Warner has rejected a buyout offer, reportedly as high as $80 billion, from Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox. A deal between the two companies would create a media powerhouse — and a thicket of challenges for anti-trust regulators.

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With A Series Of Small Bans, Cities Turn Homelessness Into A Crime

Wed, 2014-07-16 12:06

By prohibiting acts like loitering and sleeping in public, cities hope to make streets safer. But advocates for the homeless say this type of legislation can be counterproductive.

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With A Rules Change For A Lever, Senate Ends Judge's 17-Year Wait

Wed, 2014-07-16 12:06

The Senate has voted 53 to 44 to confirm Ronnie White for a federal court judgeship in Missouri, 17 years after he was first nominated by President Bill Clinton.

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Dogs Carry Kissing Bug Disease In Texas And Latin America

Wed, 2014-07-16 11:56

From shelter mutts to show dogs, Texas canines are getting a parasite that causes heart problems in people. Dogs don't spread the parasite directly to humans. But they help to make it more prevalent.

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Syria's Army On The Verge Of Retaking The Country's Largest City

Wed, 2014-07-16 11:06

Rebels captured the eastern half of Aleppo, the country's biggest city, two years ago. Now President Assad's army looks likely to drive them out in what would be a major blow to the opposition.

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Democratic Effort To Override Hobby Lobby Ruling Fails

Wed, 2014-07-16 10:35

A bill to require employers to pay for birth control did not pass a procedural vote in the Senate. The vote may have been held largely to put GOP senators on record on the issue.

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Cory Booker Wants To Help Ex-Offenders Be Economically Productive

Wed, 2014-07-16 10:27

Sens. Cory Booker and Rand Paul have proposed legislation that would overhaul the American criminal justice system. For more about the REDEEM act, guest host Jacki Lyden speaks with Booker.

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Arts Program Makes Israeli And Palestinian Youth Hopeful For Future

Wed, 2014-07-16 10:27

The most recent violence between the Israelis and Palestinians has affected young people on both sides of the conflict. Guest host Jacki Lyden learns how one group is using art to foster peace.

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Don't Fire The Comcast Guy, Says Caller Who Tried To Cancel

Wed, 2014-07-16 10:20

The man whose frustrating call to Comcast went viral says the customer service rep should not be fired. Ryan Block says the problem he encountered is far more systemic than one person.

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Not So Offal: Why Bone Soup, A 'Perfect Food,' Tastes So Meaty

Wed, 2014-07-16 10:09

After a taste of Singaporean sup tulang, we felt compelled to unpack what makes marrow so profoundly delicious. A biochemist says its unique combination of volatile compounds create a wallop of umami.

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Viola Davis Gets Groundbreaking Role As ABC Bets On Diversity

Wed, 2014-07-16 08:51

This fall, ABC will offer its most ethnically diverse slate of new shows in recent memory. But getting people to talk freely about why that's happened is still difficult.

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