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Parole Bill Would Limit O'Malley's Decision Time On Life Sentences

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The legislation would give governors 180 days to decide whether inmates serving life sentences should be paroled. The state parole board makes recommendations for release, but under the current system, the governor doesn't face a deadline to act on them.

Under the proposed legislation, if the governor doesn't act by the 180-day deadline, the parole would take effect.

Until March, Gov. Martin O'Malley had not moved on any of the 50 recommendations awaiting action. After the measure gained traction in March, the Democratic governor denied parole to seven inmates.

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Lisa Lucas Takes The Reins At The National Book Foundation

Lucas is the third executive director in the history of the foundation, which runs the National Book Awards. Her priority? Inclusivity: "Everyone is either a reader or a potential reader," she says.
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The Shocking Truth About America's Ethanol Law: It Doesn't Matter (For Now)

Ted Cruz doesn't like the law that requires the use of ethanol in gasoline. So what would happen if it was abolished? The surprising answer: not much, probably.
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The Latest on the Military, Political and Humanitarian Crises in Syria

Russia continues airstrikes in Syria. Secretary Kerry meets with world leaders in an attempt to resolve the country’s five-year civil war. A panel joins Diane to discuss the latest on the military, political and humanitarian crises facing Syria.

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Twitter Tries A New Kind Of Timeline By Predicting What May Interest You

Twitter has struggled to attract new users. Its latest effort at rejuvenation is a new kind of timeline that predicts which older posts you might not want to miss and displays them on top.

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