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Lawyers For Virginia Death Row Inmate Ask SCOTUS For Stay

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Attorneys for an inmate on death row in Virginia are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block his execution, which is scheduled for this evening, according to the Associated Press.

Former lawyers for 42-year-old Robert Gleason on Monday asked the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to intervene, re-appoint them to his case, and stay his execution.

They argued the inmate, who was serving a life sentence when he killed two other inmates and threatened to kill again until his execution, was not competent to waive his appeals and if appointed, they'd order a mental health evaluation. 

The 4th Circuit panel refused that request and within hours, the attorneys appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Gleason is set to die by electrocution at 9 p.m.


Kentucky Boy Solves Rubik's Cube In Record Time

A 14-year-old boy from Lexington, Ky., has solved a Rubik's Cube in less than five seconds. As Guinness World Records declares this a record-breaker, we hear how NPR covered a Rubik's Cube competition in 1981.
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Recipes Get A Makeover With GIFs, Science, And Emojis

On Food Wednesday, we explore the new ways recipes are being presented, with everything from GIFs to scientific method.

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International Military Action In Syria

French President Hollande meets with President Obama in Washington to seek additional U.S. support in the fight against ISIS in Syria, and NATO holds an emergency meeting over the downed Russian fighter jet: An update on international military strategy in Syria.


Used Rocket Is A New Breakthrough For Blue Origin's Space Plan

Blue Origin, the space company founded by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos, has sent a craft past the edge of space and then landed its rocket safely – and vertically — in Texas.

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