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Eastern Shore Businessman Faces 25 Years In Prison

The Eastern Shore businessman and presumed ringleader of a multi-million dollar cigarette smuggling ring with alleged ties to terrorist groups, has been indicted again after a murder-for-hire plot was uncovered by New York state authorities.

Basel Ramadan, 42, was once a successful businessman in Ocean City, Md., but now he's being charged with 2nd degree conspiracy and 3rd degree criminal solicitation.

Ramadan faces 25 years to life in prison for trying to hire a hit man to murder two witnesses he believed were talking to police about the approximated $10 million in untaxed cigarettes he and his 14-person team smuggled and trafficked in New York City.

Ramadan made the call from New York's Rikers Island jail, where he has been held without bond since police raided his West Ocean City home in May.

New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly says authorities learned of Ramadan's alleged motive from a confidential source back in August, and after monitoring his phone calls from inside Rikers, an undercover officer posed as a contract killer on a call that took place in September where Ramadan asked the officer to "take care" of the two "targets."

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'The Innocent Have Nothing To Fear' Echoes Real-Life Republican Race

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Stuart Stevens, a former strategist for Mitt Romney, whose new novel, The Innocent Have Nothing to Fear, tells the story of a neck-and-neck Republican primary campaign that ends up at a brokered convention.
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How History Influences Diets In D.C. And Around The World

Kojo and chef Pati Jinich look at how history -- and famous names like El Chico, Azteca and even Fritos -- shaped modern Mexican-American cooking in the Washington region and beyond.

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Implications Of The Supreme Court's Immigration Ruling

Many undocumented immigrants are living in fear after a Supreme Court ruling effectively barred deferred deportation for 4 million people. What the ruling means for families across the country and how immigration policy is playing out in 2016 election politics.

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Click For Fewer Calories: Health Labels May Change Online Ordering Habits

Will it be a hamburger or hummus wrap for lunch? When customers saw indications of a meal's calorie content posted online, they put fewer calories in their cart, a study finds.

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