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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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This Photo Of Lake Michigan Will Make You Shiver

Thu, 2014-01-30 10:00

Even from space, the ice, snow and clouds blowing across the water are chilling. All five of the Great Lakes are icing up earlier than they have in a few decades. But experts say it's not all that unusual. It's just an old-fashioned cold winter.

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Justice Dept. Seeks To Expand Clemency For Some Drug Offenders

Thu, 2014-01-30 09:36

Deputy Attorney General James Cole asked lawyers to make their clients aware of new clemency opportunities. By commuting sentences, the Obama administration is trying to correct the different treatment given to crack-cocaine and powder-cocaine offenses.

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Rep. Henry Waxman, Ferocious Liberal, Says He Will Retire

Thu, 2014-01-30 09:34

After four decades on Capitol Hill, the California Democrat plans to step down at the end of the year. He leaves a deep legacy in health and environmental law, including clean-air rules and tobacco restrictions.

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Access To Toilets And Books Improves Life For Kids Across The Globe

Thu, 2014-01-30 09:25

Since 1990, nearly 2 billion people have gained clean toilets, or at least decent outhouses. And many more children in the developing world now eat better, go to school and get medical treatment. The advances mean that fewer children are dying of preventable diseases.

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Your Nose Knows Which Foods Are Fattiest

Thu, 2014-01-30 09:24

Low-fat ice cream just won't cut it for you? Maybe it's your nose telling you it's not the real deal. Researchers have found that people can actually smell differences in dietary fat in food. It's an ability that might have helped our ancestors find the best foods to survive on.

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Air Force Cheating Scandal Widens; 92 Nuclear Officers Linked

Thu, 2014-01-30 08:48

The scope of the scandal has grown sharply. Now, nearly 20 percent of the 500 officers in the nuclear weapons corps are implicated. The secretary of the Air Force says there are "systemic problems" in a command that has control over nuclear missiles.

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U.S.: Syria Behind Schedule On Dismantling Chemical Stockpile

Thu, 2014-01-30 08:47

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel echoed concerns expressed by the international watchdog group overseeing the operation that Syria is not meeting deadlines for handing over dangerous chemicals.

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