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August 21, 2014 | NPR · The attorney general hugged community leaders, a highway patrol captain and the mother of Michael Brown during his visit, and got an update on the federal investigation into the teen's shooting.
 
August 21, 2014 | NPR · At McCluer High School, 30 varsity football players — all black, mostly from Ferguson — practice. David Greene talks to Sports Illustrated writer Robert Klemko about his story, "Football in Ferguson."
 
August 21, 2014 | NPR · Kelly McEvers talks to Syria expert Shashank Joshi, about President Bashar al-Assad's tenacious grip on power. Joshi is with the Royal Services Institute in London.
 

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August 20, 2014 | NPR · Demonstrators want an indictment of the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown earlier this month. But investigations — one of them a federal civil rights case — can take weeks, if not months.
 
August 20, 2014 | NPR · More than a week now from the police shooting in Ferguson, Mo., it's worth asking: Ideally, what should happen with a police officer stops someone in the street?
 
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August 20, 2014 | NPR · Enlisting has been a rite of passage for men in the Pierce family since the Civil War. And as America has changed, Mark Pierce and his son Jeremy explain, what it means to serve has, too.
 

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August 16, 2014 | NPR · Both Ukraine and Russia say they're trying to send supplies to residents in eastern Ukraine. But with tensions on both sides running high, that aid may take a while to arrive.
 

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August 17, 2014 | NPR · American fighter jets and drones carried out airstrikes against Islamist targets near the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq on Saturday. A breach of the dam could threaten entire cities.
 

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Apr 4, 2014 — Voters approved a prohibition in 2004. The judge, during arguments over a case involving birth certificates of children of same-sex couples, previewed a decision he plans to issue on April 14.
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Dec 18, 2013 — Kurt Mix was convicted for deleting text messages that had information about the worst offshore oil spill in the nation's history. That hindered a grand jury's investigation, prosecutors argued. He had been a drilling engineer with BP.
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Sep 26, 2013 — Stacey Dean Rambold was convicted for the 2007 rape of a 14-year-old girl who later killed herself. The sentence he was given, and the judge's comments about the victim, sparked outrage.
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Sep 5, 2013 — Shon Hopwood was in prison for more than a decade. There, the bank robber became a jailhouse lawyer who got a fellow prisoner's case heard before the Supreme Court. Now a law student, he'll be a clerk at one of the nation's most prestigious courts. The judge who put him in prison is stunned.
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Sep 4, 2013 — Adopted by a family in South Carolina, the little Native American girl was returned to her biological father nearly two years ago. It was decided that the Indian Child Welfare Act trumped state law. Since then, her adoptive parents have been fighting to get her back.
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Aug 12, 2013 — The attorney general laid out changes and ideas that would shorten prison terms for nonviolent offenders and send more of them to treatment programs rather than prison.
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Jul 15, 2013 — After seeing a Florida jury acquit George Zimmerman of the charges against him for the death of Trayvon Martin, those who have handled such cases on the federal level say they have doubts about the likelihood of a hate crimes prosecution being made.
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Jul 8, 2013 — Nina Totenberg discusses an error she made in a recent story about the Supreme Court term.
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Jul 2, 2013 — Even if he wanted to, Maj. Nidal Hasan was barred from entering a guilty plea to the 13 murder counts he faces in connection with a mass shooting in 2009. The Uniform Code of Military Justice prohibits such a plea in cases that could end with the death penalty. Experts say the code goes to great lengths to protect the individual's rights.
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Jul 1, 2013 — Jeffrey Olson faced 13 years in jail for protesting against banks by writing on a sidewalk with chalk. But a San Diego jury of two men and 10 women found him not guilty of criminal vandalism.
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