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Obama To Nominate Vice Adm. Michael Rogers As NSA Chief

Thu, 2014-01-30 13:46

Rogers, the current head of U.S. Cyber Command, is a cryptologist by trade. If confirmed, he'll take over the spy agency at a crucial time in its history, when its activities have come under close public scrutiny.

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Amanda Knox Guilty Verdict Reinstated By Italian Court

Thu, 2014-01-30 13:42

The appeals court in Florence found Knox and her ex-boyfriend guilty of the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher and sentenced her to 28 1/2 years in prison. Knox currently lives in Seattle, and the sentence is likely to set up a long battle over her extradition.

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Report: Syrian Government Has Demolished Entire Neighborhoods

Thu, 2014-01-30 13:31

Human Rights Watch says neighborhoods in the capital, Damascus, and the city of Hama were targeted by the government because they were opposition strongholds.

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Small Cinemas Struggle As Film Fades Out Of The Picture

Thu, 2014-01-30 13:25

Paramount became the first big studio to distribute a major film in the U.S. only in digital, and others will probably follow. Small cinemas are struggling to raise money for the transition. Despite resistance from some major directors, the end of film is almost upon us.

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Scarlett Johansson's Middle East Flap ... Over Soda

Thu, 2014-01-30 13:22

The American actress has stepped down as a goodwill representative for Oxfam International. She came in for criticism after agreeing to serve as a spokeswoman, and appear in a Super Bowl ad, for an Israeli company that produces at-home soda-makers in the occupied West Bank.

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Changing Climate In Argentina Is Killing Penguin Chicks

Thu, 2014-01-30 13:00

The world's largest breeding colony of Magellanic penguins is seeing unprecedented deaths among young birds. A scientist who has spent 30 years studying the penguins says that climate change is to blame — triggering, among other things, more heat waves and wetter storms that kill fledglings.

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As States Close Prisons And Cut Crime, Feds Lag Behind

Thu, 2014-01-30 13:00

Federal prisons are chronically overcrowded after years of "tough on crime" policies. But a new report finds that a majority of states cut their imprisonment rates and saved millions — while keeping crime down.

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The U.S. Will Seek The Death Penalty for Boston Bombing Suspect

Thu, 2014-01-30 13:00

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday that federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

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An Unusual Coalition Helps Mandatory Minimum Bill Clear Senate Committee

Thu, 2014-01-30 13:00

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved a bill that would lower mandatory minimum sentences for certain drug offenses and allow judges to use more discretion when determining sentences for nonviolent drug offenses.

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De Blasio Drops Appeal Of 'Stop And Frisk'

Thu, 2014-01-30 13:00

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio moved toward fulfilling a major campaign promise on Thursday: he announced the city will settle a long-running lawsuit against the police department's stop-and-frisk policy. A federal judge last year found that the NYPD violated the civil rights of blacks and Latinos with its aggressive tactics. Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration appealed the ruling, but de Blasio won a landslide electoral victory in 2013 partly by promising to reform the stop-and-frisk policy. Now, some New Yorkers are worried about a possible rise in crime.

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SpaceX Could Give Struggling Texas City A Boost

Thu, 2014-01-30 13:00

The FAA is poised to decide whether to grant the space company a launch license. If it does, SpaceX could build its first commercial orbital launch facility near the border city of Brownsville. The prospect of living in the world's newest aerospace hub has stirred a buzz among locals.

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Maine's High Court Rules In Favor Of Transgender Student

Thu, 2014-01-30 12:47

Nicole Maines, who is biologically male but identifies as female, had sued after officials at her school barred her from using the girls' restroom.

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Policymaking By Pen: Obama's New Twist On Old Strategy

Thu, 2014-01-30 12:14

Obama's aggressive use of executive orders is nothing new, either for him or for the presidency in general. But his decision to craft policies on his own is already getting congressional pushback.

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American Barista Fulfills Olympic Dream – On Swiss Hockey Team

Thu, 2014-01-30 12:06

Jessica Lutz has shuttled between Europe and the U.S., with the goal of getting to the Sochi Olympics. For most of the last year, she crafted latte art at a Washington, D.C., coffee shop.

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Does Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Need A New Name?

Thu, 2014-01-30 11:49

The Institute of Medicine is reviewing how chronic fatigue syndrome is diagnosed. But some patients and doctors say the one of the biggest problems is the name itself. The hallmark symptom is not fatigue, they say, but a physical and mental crash after even mild exercise.

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New Animation Details What Went Wrong In 2010 Plant Explosion

Thu, 2014-01-30 11:42

The video, released by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, outlines the chain of events leading up to the explosion at Tesoro's Anacortes Refinery that killed 7 people.

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'Spirit Of Family' Unites Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Thu, 2014-01-30 11:23

South Africa's award-winning group Ladysmith Black Mambazo have been singing their message of peace and unity for 50 years. They join host Michel Martin for a special performance chat.

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U.S. Will Seek Death Penalty In Boston Bombing Case

Thu, 2014-01-30 11:17

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, prosecutors argue, committed the offenses in a "heinous, cruel and depraved manner." He betrayed his country and showed no remorse and that's why they're seeking the death penalty.

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Snowy Owl That Enchanted D.C. Is Hit By A Bus

Thu, 2014-01-30 11:12

Police took the bird to the National Zoo where she was treated for her injuries. Snowy owls normally live in the Arctic, but every few winters they venture south in search of food.

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New York City Agrees To Reform Stop-And-Frisk Tactics

Thu, 2014-01-30 10:27

Making good on a campaign promise, Mayor Bill de Blasio will no longer appeal a ruling that found the program violated the civil rights of thousands of black and Latino residents.

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