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Federal Agency Left Out Of Loop In Wake Of Navy Yard Shooting

While investigators continue to piece together what happened at the Navy Yard during last week's deadly shooting, a report suggests a key law enforcement agency was left out of the loop.

Within hours of the Navy Yard shootings, the FBI was tracing the gunman's recent purchase of a shotgun, sending agents to the shop in Northern Virginia where he bought it.

That job is often left to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, but according to the Associated Press it was the FBI—and not the ATF—that tracked down the gun.

There is no evidence that the FBI did anything wrong in tracing the gun on its own, but the move is unusual. The ATF is the federal agency in charge of tracing traces guns used in crimes, including the military-style semi-automatic rifle used in a rampage at a Connecticut school last year, as well as other recent, high-profile mass shootings.

The FBI declined to comment on the investigation.

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'Good Wife' Creators Say They Wanted To End The Show 'While It Was Still Good'

"There was seven seasons-worth of story to tell in the education of Alicia Florrick, and we've come to the end of that story," says co-creator Michelle King. The Good Wife series finale airs May 8.
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When It Came To Food, Neanderthals Weren't Exactly Picky Eaters

During the Ice Age, it seems Neanderthals tended to chow down on whatever was most readily available. Early humans, on the other hand, maintained a consistent diet regardless of environmental changes.
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David Cameron's Former Advisor Wants To Revamp The U.S. Conservative Movement

British political operative Steve Hilton tells NPR's Scott Simon what he thinks the conservative movement needs both in the U.K. and the U.S.
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'The Guardian' Launches New Series Examining Online Abuse

A video was released this week where female sports journalists were read abusive online comments to their face. It's an issue that reaches far beyond that group, and The Guardian is taking it on in a series called "The Web We Want." NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with series editor Becky Gardiner and writer Nesrine Malik, who receives a lot of online abuse.

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