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Military Tactics and Reporters Rights in Ferguson, MO

Six days after an unarmed black 18-year-old was killed by police in Ferguson, MO, the small city in the suburbs of St. Louis is in the national spotlight. The shooting immediately raised troubling questions about race and the criminal justice system. But the escalating protests and aggressive police actions- including use of smoke bombs and tear gas- are also raising questions about police tactics and accountability. We consider the militarization of police and rights of reporters covering the story.

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Lawsuit Will Decide Who Owns 'Star Trek' Language Klingon

Paramount Pictures holds the copyright to Klingon, spoken by some characters in "Star Trek." The Language Creation Society is arguing Klingon is a real language, and is therefore not copyrightable.
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Germany's Beer Purity Law Is 500 Years Old. Is It Past Its Sell-By Date?

For centuries, German law has stipulated that beer can only be made from four ingredients. But as Germany embraces craft beer, some believe the law impedes good brewing.
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Cruz Lands Indiana Governor Mike Pence's Endorsement

Pence says the GOP presidential candidate is dedicated to advancing the Reagan agenda.
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Join Us At 12pm EST Today For An #AirbnbWhileBlack Twitter Chat

Today, Code Switch's Gene Demby and Hidden Brain's Shankar Vedantam will be leading a Twitter chat to discuss what it's like to be a person of color participating in the sharing economy.

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