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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.

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Ursula K. Le Guin Steers Her Craft Into A New Century

The famed novelist says that at 85 she no longer has the energy to write another book, but she's just released a revised and updated edition of her manual for aspiring writers, Steering the Craft.
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#NPRreads: Middle East Air Quality, Lead Poisoning, And Jell-O

Around the newsroom and around the world, here's what we're reading this week.
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Of The 900 Or So People Running For President, At Least 1 Of Them Is Nuts

A small group of presidential hopefuls get most of the media attention, but there are a lot of unknown people who also want the top job and filed the necessary paperwork. One of them is Deez Nuts.
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No More Standing By The Spigot: Messaging App Alerts Water Availability

A startup in India — where an aging, ad hoc system limits water availability — is using text messages to let people know when their faucets should work, so they don't waste hours awaiting the deluge.

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