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Death Of James Brady, Former White House Press Secretary, Ruled A Homicide

The death of former White House Press Secretary James Brady has been ruled a homicide by Virginia's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The medical examiner's office says he died as a result of the injuries he suffered during the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan in 1981. The case is now under investigation by D.C. Police.

Brady, who suffered a bullet wound to his head outside D.C.'s Hilton Hotel, died earlier this week. Brady lived through hours of surgery and further operations after the shooting, but never made a full recovery. He was a prominent gun-control advocate and used his experience to launch a campaign against gun violence.

The ruling means the shooter, John Hinckley, could face new criminal charges. Hinckley was found not guilty for the attempted assassination of Reagan by reason of insanity and is currently a patient at St. Elizabeths psychiatric hospital in Washington.

Earlier this year, a federal judge accepted a recommendation from the hospital that Hinckley be allowed to leave the facility for 17 days a month—up from 10 days—in order to stay with his mother in Williamsburg, Virginia under various conditions such as keeping away from government centers as well as areas where the president or members of Congress may be visiting.

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National Museum of African American History Opens Its Doors

More than 100 years after it was originally proposed, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture is opening its doors in Washington, D.C.
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While Everyone Was Partying At Woodstock, I Was Stuck At Schrafft's

The chain restaurant that catered to women helped redefine how Americans eat, according to a new book. For NPR's Lynn Neary, it also defined how she did and didn't fit with the counterculture.
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Newspaper Endorsements Matter Most When They're Unexpected

The New York Times endorsed Hillary Clinton on Saturday, but an endorsement that came the day before from a smaller paper may matter more to its readers, for the simple fact that it was unexpected.
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As Our Jobs Are Automated, Some Say We'll Need A Guaranteed Basic Income

How will the economy provide economic opportunities if employers need fewer workers in the future? A growing number of people in Silicon Valley are saying the only realistic answer is a basic income.

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