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BALTIMORE (AP) Baltimore's top prosecutor is calling for an outside agency to investigate rape complaints that some allege were summarily dismissed by police detectives. The city council president says he also supports holding an outside audit of cases highlighted by The Baltimore Sun.

GLEN BURNIE, Md. (AP) A judge has sentenced a Glen Burnie man to 50 years in prison for fatally shooting a man outside a bar. Ricco Clifton Gough was convicted in May of second-degree murder and weapons violations in the 2009 shooting of Nathaniel Benjamin Wallace outside Dietrich's Tavern in Glen Burnie.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has thrown her high-wattage endorsement behind Republican Brian Murphy and not former Gov. Robert Ehrlich in the GOP governor's race. Palin announced the endorsement on Facebook, saying Murphy is a "commonsense conservative."

OLNEY, Md. (AP) Montgomery County police have arrested a man they say is responsible for anti-Semitic graffiti at a synagogue. Police say they arrested 22-year-old Ian Jacob Baron on Wednesday and charged him with malicious destruction of property and defacing religious property.

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'Game Of Thrones' Evolves On Women In Explosive Sixth Season

The sixth season of HBO's Game of Thrones showed a real evolution in the way the show portrays women and in the season finale, several female characters ascended to power. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Glen Weldon from NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour and Greta Johnsen, host of the Nerdette podcast, about the show.
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In Quest For Happier Chickens, Perdue Shifts How Birds Live And Die

Perdue Farms, one of the largest poultry companies in the country, says it will change its slaughter methods and also some of its poultry houses. Animal welfare groups are cheering.
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Jonathan Rauch On How American Politics Went Insane

Party insiders and backroom deals: One author on why we need to bring back old-time politics.

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Episode 5: Why 1986 Still Matters

In 1986, a federal official issued a warning: If Metro continued to expand rapidly, the system faced a future of stark choices over maintaining existing infrastructure. Metro chose expansion. We talk to a historian about that decision. We also hear from a former Metro general manager about the following years, and from an Arlington planner about measuring how riders are responding to SafeTrack.

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