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Death Penalty Repeal Clears Maryland House

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There is still some disagreement about the likelihood of a death penalty repeal going up for referendum.
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There is still some disagreement about the likelihood of a death penalty repeal going up for referendum.

The House of Delegates approved the measure Friday, sending it to Gov. Martin O'Malley, who will sign it. The repeal had already passed the Senate, where Montgomery County Democrat Jamie Raskin was the floor leader for the bill.

"It's an extraordinary moment in the history of our state," says Raskin. "And in the moral progress and social progress of our people."

But the issue isn't quite final yet, because supporters of the death penalty are still mulling whether to push for a voter referendum next year on the measure. But the Republican delegate whose website helped get same-sex marriage and the DREAM Act before voters last year, says right now he's unsure whether he wants to do the same for the death penalty.


Kentucky Boy Solves Rubik's Cube In Record Time

A 14-year-old boy from Lexington, Ky., has solved a Rubik's Cube in less than five seconds. As Guinness World Records declares this a record-breaker, we hear how NPR covered a Rubik's Cube competition in 1981.
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Recipes Get A Makeover With GIFs, Science, And Emojis

On Food Wednesday, we explore the new ways recipes are being presented, with everything from GIFs to scientific method.

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International Military Action In Syria

French President Hollande meets with President Obama in Washington to seek additional U.S. support in the fight against ISIS in Syria, and NATO holds an emergency meeting over the downed Russian fighter jet: An update on international military strategy in Syria.


Used Rocket Is A New Breakthrough For Blue Origin's Space Plan

Blue Origin, the space company founded by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos, has sent a craft past the edge of space and then landed its rocket safely – and vertically — in Texas.

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