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Use Of Death Penalty Continues Its Decline In The United States

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The death penalty is in decline no matter the measure, a new study released by the Death Penalty Information Center has found.

The report found that 28 people were executed this year, the lowest since 1991. The number of death sentences dropped by 33 percent.

Only six states executed ...

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Los Angeles Schools Will Reopen After Threat Is Deemed Hoax

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The second largest school district in the country will be back in business this morning.

The Los Angeles Times reports that officials worked through the evening to inspect more than 900 schools in the district and found them to be safe.

As we reported, an emailed threat caused ...

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The Fifth Republican Debate In 100 Words (And 4 Video Clips)

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

With the backdrop of terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, the fifth Republican presidential debate was the most serious to date. Led by a more spirited Jeb Bush, it was still fiery because of the numerous attacks on Donald Trump. But, highlighted by exchanges between Ted Cruz and Marco ...

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LA Schools To Reopen Wednesday After Threat Spurs Daylong Search

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Los Angeles public schools will reopen on Wednesday after an emailed threat caused officials to cancel classes on Tuesday.

Authorities haven't given details of the threat but school Superintendent Ramon Cortines said the text referred to "backpacks, talked about other packages."

School Board President Steve Zimmer said at a news ...

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Peace Talks Begin In Switzerland As Cease-Fire Kicks Off In Yemen

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Just as a cease-fire kicked off in Yemen, the warring parties were meeting in Switzerland to try to bring an end to a conflict that has lasted nine months and left thousands dead.

The BBC reports:

"At least 5,700 people — almost half civilians — have been killed ...

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In Russia, Secretary Kerry Looks For 'Real Progress' Over Syria

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Laying the groundwork for planned Syrian peace talks, Secretary of State John Kerry is in Moscow for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and his foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov.

The big topic of conversation will be the future of Syrian President Bashar Assad. If a political transition is agreed to, ...

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Lawsuit Sheds Light On How A Texas Plumber's Truck Ended Up In Syria

Monday, December 14, 2015

You might remember a story from about a year ago of a plumber from Texas whose used truck ended up in hands of Islamist militants in Syria.

A photo of the truck posted on Twitter showed the Ford F-250 being used by jihadis. Last week, the plumber filed a ...

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Texas Plumber's Old Truck Ends Up In Hands Of Syrian Militants

Monday, December 14, 2015

A Texas plumber who traded in his old F-250 pickup is suing the dealership because the truck ended up in Syria — in the hands of Islamist fighters, still emblazoned with the plumbing company decals.

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Shell Plans To Cut 2,800 Jobs After It Takes Over BG Group

Monday, December 14, 2015

Royal Dutch Shell says it plans to cut 2,800 jobs after it completes the takeover of the BG Group.

The news comes on the same day that China gave the deal the final go-ahead.

NPR's Jeff Brady reports for our Newscast unit:

"The cut of 2,800 positions accounts for ...

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Egypt Says Investigators Found No Sign Of 'Terrorist Act' In Russian Plane Crash

Monday, December 14, 2015

In a preliminary report released on Monday, Egyptian investigators say they have found no evidence that a Russian passenger plane flying over the Sinai was downed by terrorist or criminal action.

NPR's Leila Fadel filed this report for our Newscast unit:

"The Russians say it was a bomb. The ...

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4 Pieces You Should Read About The Global Climate Deal

Sunday, December 13, 2015

A day after representatives from 196 countries signed an agreement that aims to curb climate change, it's time to start assessing its import.

Yesterday, Camila broke down the basics. Today, we've rounded up four pieces that help you understand the deal — and the politics around it — ...

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Russian Destroyer Fires Warning Shots At Turkish Ship In Aegean Sea

Sunday, December 13, 2015

A Russian destroyer in the Aegean Sea fired warning shots at a Turkish fishing ship that got too close on Sunday, the Russian Defence Ministry said.

Of course, this news comes during a time when relations between the two country are strained over Turkey's downing of a Russian war ...

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Saudi Arabia Elects Its First Women To Municipal Council

Sunday, December 13, 2015

It has been a season for firsts in Saudi Arabia: During the run-up to the country's third-ever elections, the absolute monarchy decided to to give women the vote and to also allow them the right to seek positions on the country's municipal councils.

Today, the government announced that several of ...

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Featuring Interview With Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, 'Serial' Season 2 Is (Finally) Here

Thursday, December 10, 2015

The second season of Serial, a podcast produced by This American Life and WBEZ in Chicago, is here.

This season focuses on the controversial story of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. We've covered that case quite a bit on this blog, but Serial is giving it the long-form investigative treatment ...

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Experts Are Skeptical Of North Korea's Claim That It Has An H-Bomb

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Experts are casting doubt on a claim by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that his country has developed a hydrogen bomb.

The claim, according to the BBC, was reported by an official state news agency KCNA. Here's more from the BBC:

"Mr Kim made the remarks as ...

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San Bernardino Attackers Were Radicalized Before Meeting, FBI Director Says

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

The husband-and-wife team who killed 14 people during a shooting rampage in San Bernardino, Calif., had been radicalized before they "started courting or dating each other online," FBI Director James Comey said on Wednesday.

Details about Syed Rizwan Farook's and Tashfeen Malik's lives have been sparse, but during congressional testimony, ...

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel Is 'Time' Magazine's Person Of The Year

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Citing her "steadfast moral leadership in a world where it is in short supply," Time magazine chose German Chancellor Angela Merkel as its person of the year.

Merkel, the magazine writes, has led her country and Europe amid a refugee crisis, an economic crisis and terrorist attacks.

The magazine ...

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France Identifies Third Attacker In Theater Siege

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

French authorities say they have identified the third attacker in the siege at the Bataclan concert hall that left scores of people dead.

Le Parisien identifies the 23-year-old man as a French national who traveled to Syria in 2013.

The New York Times reports that Prime Minister Manuel ...

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Trump's Muslims Plan: Inflammatory? Definitely. Unconstitutional? Maybe

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Donald Trump has faced a torrent of criticism after releasing a policy proposal that would ban all Muslims from entering the United States.

His fellow Republicans haven't held back: Marco Rubio called it "offensive," and Jeb Bush called it "unhinged." A number of others — politicians, pundits, experts ...

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University Of Maryland President Recommends Renaming Stadium

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

The president of the University of Maryland is recommending that the university change the name of its football stadium.

Wallace D. Loh said the name should be changed from "Byrd Stadium" to "Maryland Stadium," because the stadium's namesake, H.C. "Curley" Byrd, was a proponent of racial segregation.

Reuters reports ...

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