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Norton: Security Clearance Reforms Needed After Navy Yard Shooting

Lawmakers in the region are calling for reforms to government security clearances as they continue to investigate the Navy Yard shooting.

The mass shooting at the Navy Yard that left 13 dead and eight wounded was the second deadliest on a military base in the nation's history. D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton says the wound hasn't healed for many.

"We were hit very hard at the Navy Yard and we were hit by a deranged man who, as I understand it, had the second highest security clearance," she says.

Lawmakers are still trying to figure out how a man suffering from mental illness  was able to maintain a high security clearance as a government contractor. Norton and others are pushing for reforms ensure security clearances are updated more regularly.

"I can't understand the original set of the 10-year notion even the most stable person has incidents in his life in a decade," Norton says.

Lawmakers in the region are also looking for ways to get state and local officials to share more arrest records with the federal government.

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'It's A Surviving Tool': 'Native' Tells Satirical Stories Of Life In Israel

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to author Sayed Kashua, an Israeli-Palestinian whose satirical weekly columns in Haaretz newspaper are collected in his new book called Native.
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What The Heck Is Natural Wine? Here's A Taste

Natural wines can be off-putting at first: perhaps darker than usual, a little fizzy or cloudy. Some find them charming, others unsophisticated. Here's a guide to this trending, quirky style of wine.
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Jim Gilmore, Who Was Campaigning For President, Isn't Anymore

He had the resume — swing-state governor, veteran, ex-party leader — but there's a good chance you had no idea he was running. Judging by vote totals, Iowa and New Hampshire may have missed it too.
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Colonialism Comment Puts Facebook Under Scrutiny

A Facebook board member lambasted a decision by regulators in India, the social network's second-largest market. He thereby sparked new scrutiny of Facebook's intentions in that country.

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