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Lawyer For Abu Ghraib Prisoners Asks Virginia Court To Reinstate Lawsuit

A lawyer for four former Iraqi detainees who say they were tortured at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison has asked a Virginia-based federal appeals court to reinstate their lawsuit against a military contractor.

A district court judge dismissed the lawsuit against CACI Premier Technology in June. He said he lacked jurisdiction because the alleged torture occurred in a foreign country.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals must decide whether the jurisdictional barrier is lifted if the claims sufficiently "touch and concern'' U.S. territory. The court typically takes several weeks to rule.

The Iraqi detainees say CACI employees conspired to have soldiers torture them before interrogations. They say they were subjected to shocks, violence and forced nudity.

In 2004, photos depicting soldiers abusing Abu Ghraib detainees became public. Several soldiers were convicted.

NPR

In Iran, A Poet's 700-Year-Old Verses Still Set Hearts Aflame

The 14th century Persian poet Hafez remains venerated in Iran, even though he wrote of wine, romance and other topics not necessarily welcome in today's Islamic Republic.
NPR

Buy Crop Insurance, Double Your Money

The nation's crop insurance program is really a lottery, says one economist. And it's rigged so that farmers win. In fact, farmers typically get back double the money they pay for premiums.
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The Politics Hour - February 12, 2016

D.C. Council Member Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7) joins Kojo and Tom Sherwood to chat about her upcoming fight for re-election.

NPR

Do You Like Me? Swiping Leads To Spike In Online Dating For Young Adults

A study by the Pew Research Center finds the use of online dating sites has mushroomed in the past few years, particularly among 18- to 24-year-olds.

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