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Utah Lawmakers OK Firing Squad If Lethal Injection Unavailable

Tue, 2015-03-10 16:45

It's unclear if GOP Gov. Gary Herbert will sign the measure, which would make Utah the only state in the nation to allow firing squads, into law. Utah abandoned the practice more than a decade ago.

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Italy's Top Court Upholds Berlusconi's Acquittal In 'Bunga Bunga' Case

Tue, 2015-03-10 16:01

Last year an appeals court overturned the seven-year sentence against the controversial former Italian leader. Judges on the Court of Cassation backed that decision Tuesday.

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Got To Give $7.4 Million Up: Jury Finds Pharrell And Thicke Copied Marvin Gaye Song

Tue, 2015-03-10 14:58

A Los Angeles jury has determined that singers Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke lifted portions of Marvin Gaye's 1977 hit "Got To Give It Up" when penning their hit "Blurred Lines."

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An Anti-Rape Activist Is Disturbed By 'India's Daughter'

Tue, 2015-03-10 14:05

Kavita Krishnan says the documentary, about the brutal rape and killing of a young woman in Delhi, makes some important points. But she has many criticisms, starting with the title.

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A Day After His Death, Frei Otto Awarded Pritzker Architecture Prize

Tue, 2015-03-10 13:28

The prize's jury, in its citation, said the German architect had developed "a most sensitive architecture that has influenced countless others throughout the world." Otto died Monday. He was 89.

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Ireland Rushing To Ban Possession Of Several Hard Drugs

Tue, 2015-03-10 13:19

On Tuesday, an Irish court struck down part of the country's 1977 Misuse of Drugs Act. Officials say as a result, possessing some drugs, including ecstasy, is legal in Ireland. Selling them is not.

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Southern Baptist Leaders Highlight Benefits Of Youthful Matrimony

Tue, 2015-03-10 13:07

The Southern Baptist Convention is quietly nudging its 16 million members to tie the knot at a younger age. Baptist leaders say that marriage should be considered a foundation of adult life.

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Tea Tuesdays: The Scottish Spy Who Stole China's Tea Empire

Tue, 2015-03-10 12:56

In the mid-1800s, Britain was a global superpower with a big weakness for tea, all of which came from China. But a botanist with a talent for espionage helped Britain swipe the secrets of tea.

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FDA Decision Signals New Competition For Some Of The Costliest Drugs

Tue, 2015-03-10 12:50

Drugs made from proteins or antibodies are difficult for rival manufacturers to copy. The Food and Drug Administration just approved a copycat drug for cancer patients that shows it can be done.

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As Climate Wars Heat Up, Some Skeptics Are Targets

Tue, 2015-03-10 12:38

Environmentalists and Democrats have launched investigations into the funding of climate skeptics. Some say the probes are necessary, while others worry they could rightly be seen as harassment.

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Owner Unloads Maine Inn For An Essay, Postage And $125

Tue, 2015-03-10 12:16

The Center Lovell Inn and Restaurant will get a new owner in the coming months. Current owner Janice Sage is giving it away, the same way she acquired it back in 1993: through an essay contest.

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Frat Banned At Oklahoma University Is Familiar With Controversy

Tue, 2015-03-10 12:16

A 2013 investigation found 10 people died in events related to the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Bloomberg reporter John Hechinger about SAE's troubled history.

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SAE Fraternity Banned From University Of Oklahoma

Tue, 2015-03-10 12:16

Sigma Alpha Epsilon members have until midnight Tuesday to leave their fraternity's campus house after a video surfaced showing several members singing derogatory racial language.

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Boston Bombing Jury Sees Tsarnaev's Writings

Tue, 2015-03-10 12:16

Prosecutors in the trial of admitted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev presented photos Tuesday of the blood-stained note he left in the boat where he was captured.

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New Ferguson Judge Has Wide Latitude To Make Changes

Tue, 2015-03-10 12:16

The fallout from a scathing federal report on the police and court in Ferguson, Mo., has begun.The city's municipal judge has resigned, and a state appeals judge will start hearing cases instead.

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Flake: Senate GOP Letter To Iran 'Not Appropriate'

Tue, 2015-03-10 12:16

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake is one of seven Senate Republicans who did not sign a letter to Iran warning about a nuclear deal with the Obama administration. He speaks with NPR's Melissa Block.

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Senate's Letter To Iran Complicates Nuclear Negotiations

Tue, 2015-03-10 12:16

As they try to reach a nuclear deal with Iran, the White House says it does want Congress to have a role — just not now. So, could Republican interference scuttle the whole thing?

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Iraq Archaeologist Asks U.S. To Help Protect Antiquities

Tue, 2015-03-10 12:16

ISIS has been destroying Iraq's historic artifacts. Iraqi archaeologist Abdulamir al-Hamdani has asked the White House to help in protecting his country's heritage. He speaks with NPR's Melissa Block.

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Clinton Says She Didn't Think Private Email Would Be 'An Issue'

Tue, 2015-03-10 12:16

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton answered questions Tuesday about her use of a private email account. Correspondents Tamara Keith and Mara Liasson join NPR's Melissa Block.

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Florida Gov. Scott Denies Banning Phrase 'Climate Change'

Tue, 2015-03-10 12:16

University scientists and former state employees say Florida Gov. Rick Scott's administration has directed them to avoid using the phrase "climate change." Scott denies the charge.

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