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  • Montana Senator Comes Under Fire For Plagiarism Allegations

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

    Sen. John Walsh of Montana was appointed to his seat, and he's preparing to face voters for the first time. The Democrat's bid will be complicated by plagiarism allegations.

  • UNICEF Report On Female Genital Mutilation Holds Hope And Woe

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

    The practice is on the decline in many countries. But the population boom in Africa and the Middle East will put millions of girls at risk unless more progress is made.

  • The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

    So much of the food we eat these days is encased in plastic. And behind it is a whole lot of research and innovation. We dive into some of the materials that keep food fresh and portable.

  • Who Are The Kids Of The Migrant Crisis?

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

    Many kids and teenagers leave Central America to avoid climbing levels of gang violence, extortion and drug trafficking. Sometimes, it's to find their families.

  • Palestinian Authority Faces A Fraught Path To Peace In Gaza

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

    The war in Gaza is unfolding between Israel and Hamas, but the Palestinian Authority, based in the West Bank, is also involved in efforts to end the fighting. The Palestine Liberation Organization's diplomatic representative to the U.S., Maen Areikat, speaks with Robert Siegel about the causes of the conflict and the possible consequences of a cease-fire.

  • Attack On U.N. School Kills Over A Dozen Civilians In Gaza

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

    A United Nations school, which was being used to shelter displaced Gazans awaiting evacuation, came under fire from a missile or shelling. The attack reportedly killed 15 people. Palestinian officials blame Israeli shelling; Israel says it may have been Hamas rockets that fell short of their target.

  • DOJ Reaches Agreement For Oversight Of Albuquerque PD

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

    The deal follows a Justice Department report released in April that showed the city's police used excessive force in dealing with many suspects.

  • 5 Things I Learned About TV's Future From The Critics Press Tour

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

    From being mistaken for Randy Jackson to confronting network executives about diversity issues, TV critic Eric Deggans runs down highlights of the two-week blizzard of parties and press conferences.

  • Missing Air Algerie Flight Appears To Have Crashed In Mali

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

    According to Air Algerie, one of the airline's flights has likely crashed in the African country of Mali. The plane, which carried 116 passengers and crew, lost contact with authorities an hour after it took off.

  • Central American Leaders: Immigrant Children Are A Shared Problem

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

    The presidents of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras are offering their take on the mounting numbers of unaccompanied children entering the U.S. from Central America. They're talking to reporters on the day before a meeting with President Obama.

  • Botched Ariz. Execution Renews Unease Over Lethal Injections

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

    Activists against the death penalty are seizing on a botched execution in Arizona Wednesday. Witnesses say that death row inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood gasped for air, taking nearly two hours to die by lethal injection.

  • The Death Clerk, And Other Details Of Last-Minute Execution Appeals

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

    An hour into Wednesday's botched execution in Arizona, an attorney for the inmate reached out to Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy seeking his intervention. How do such appeals work? And how often do they happen?

  • Four Theories About Why Wal-Mart Changed Its U.S. Chief

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

    Wal-Mart, the nation's biggest company, affects the lives of millions of workers and shoppers. So its U.S. leadership change is attracting lots of interest. Here are some theories about what happened.

  • U.S.: Russia-Based Artillery Targeting Ukrainian Troops

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

    The State Department says it has evidence that Moscow is lobbing artillery across its border at Ukrainian government forces, and that the Kremlin plans to ship rocket artillery to the rebels.

  • This Suit Keeps Ebola Out — So How Can A Health Worker Catch It?

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

    The head-to-toe protective gear is designed to prevent Ebola from infecting health care workers. Yet some do contract the disease. It's not the suit's fault. It's likely a case of human error.



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