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Unanimous Vote Could Mean Reduced Penalties For 46,000 Defendants

Fri, 2014-07-18 12:05

The U.S. Sentencing Commission voted Friday on a recommendation that Congress lower certain mandatory drug sentences retroactively. The move could cut almost two years off of thousands of prisoners' sentences.

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The Short Spiral: From A Peace Plan Scuttled To A Gaza Invasion

Fri, 2014-07-18 12:05

Until a few weeks ago, Assistant Secretary of State Martin Indyk had been running the faltering U.S. effort to put Israelis and Palestinians on a path toward peace. He speaks with Robert Siegel about the violence in the Gaza Strip and Israel's unfolding ground invasion.

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After Abortion Ruling, Mass. Pushes To Replace Buffer Zone Law

Fri, 2014-07-18 12:05

Just three weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Massachusetts law creating a 35-foot buffer zone around clinics that perform abortions, lawmakers there are rushing through a replacement.

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Obama: U.S. Confident That Missile Came From Rebel-Held Region

Fri, 2014-07-18 12:05

The U.S. says that evidence suggests the missile that brought down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was fired from separatist-held territory in eastern Ukraine. NPR's Dina Temple-Raston reports what is now known about the crash.

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A Pillar Of AIDS Research And Activism, Lost With Shot-Down Jet

Fri, 2014-07-18 12:05

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 had been carrying several researchers and activists on their way to a global AIDS conference in Australia. Among them was Dr. Joep Lange, a leading researcher and former president of the International AIDS Society. He was a giant in the field and a mentor to many.

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Drug Sentencing Guidelines Reduced For Current Prisoners

Fri, 2014-07-18 10:51

More than 46,000 inmates can petition for early release starting next year, unless Congress acts soon.

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What To Watch In Israel's Ground Invasion Of Gaza

Fri, 2014-07-18 09:11

Israel has unleashed repeated military offensives in the Gaza Strip but has never permanently suppressed Palestinian rocket fire. We look at what is, and isn't, different this time.

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Health Safety Experts Call For Public Reporting Of Medical Harms

Fri, 2014-07-18 08:20

Fifteen years after a landmark report called attention to the deaths and injuries caused by medical errors, safety experts told a Senate panel that more needs to be done to protect patients.

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An 'Overhappy' Survivor, A Guarded Forecast: Reporting On Ebola

Fri, 2014-07-18 08:16

An Ebola survivor ran to the front of the room where community health workers were meeting in Sierra Leone. Everyone applauded. It was a moment of joy in a grim time.

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Soylent DIYers Sell Their Own Versions Of The Powdered Food

Fri, 2014-07-18 07:59

Soylent, the offbeat meal replacement company, has built an online community of more than 18,000 users. But some are impatient to get their orders, so they're making and selling it themselves.

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Appeals Court Upholds Overturning Of Oklahoma Same-Sex-Marriage Ban

Fri, 2014-07-18 07:26

The ruling of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver mirrors the same court's decision regarding a gay-marriage ban in Utah.

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From Twitter: The News Unfolds Of The AIDS Figures On Flight MH17

Fri, 2014-07-18 07:26

A number of AIDS researchers, activists and officials were on Flight MH17, headed to the International AIDS Conference when the plane was shot out of the sky. Here's how Twitter spread the news.

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Half Of Texas Abortion Clinics Close After Restrictions Enacted

Fri, 2014-07-18 07:01

Many clinics closed because of a new requirement that doctors at those clinics obtain admitting privileges at hospitals near the clinics. Many doctors couldn't comply.

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Typhoon Batters Chinese Island, Heads For Vietnam

Fri, 2014-07-18 06:32

Rammasun, which killed 54 people as it passed across the Philippines Wednesday, had picked up strength as it approached the Chinese island of Hainan. One man was killed by falling debris in Hainan.

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Amazon Launches Subscription Service For E-Books

Fri, 2014-07-18 06:08

Kindle Unlimited will give readers access to over 600,000 titles for $9.99 a month. The service was short on newer releases when it launched Friday.

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Wildfires Force Evacuation Of Towns, Hospital In Washington State

Fri, 2014-07-18 04:37

Pateros, a town of about 650 residents in north central Washington, emptied out Thursday night as wildfires continued to grow. One resident described it as looking like "the caldron of hell."

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Berlusconi Underage Sex Conviction Overturned By Italian Court

Fri, 2014-07-18 04:15

The former Italian prime minister, who was sentenced to seven years last year for sex with a minor and an attempted cover-up, has been acquitted by an appeals court.

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Obama: Evidence MH17 Hit By Missile From Rebel-Held Area Of Ukraine

Fri, 2014-07-18 01:46

The president says at least one U.S. citizen is among the nearly 300 people killed when the plane crashed in the eastern Donetsk region.

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Israeli Ground Operation In Gaza Continues

Fri, 2014-07-18 01:40

At least one Israeli soldier and more than two dozen Palestinians have died since tanks rolled in late Thursday. It's the first time in five years that Israel has sent ground troops into a conflict.

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Border Agency Chief Opens Up About Deadly Force Cases

Fri, 2014-07-18 01:02

Gil Kerlikowske, head of Customs and Border Protection, tells NPR that he is reviewing scores of incidents. "We need to be better at admitting when we're wrong or where we've made a mistake," he says.

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