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Abortion Doctor Killer Appeals To Kansas High Court

In 2009, Dr. George Tiller, one of the few doctors in the country who performed "late abortions," was killed at his church in Wichita. His killer, Scott Roeder, was convicted of first degree murder and is serving a life term. Now, his attorneys are appealing the case at the Kansas Supreme Court.
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In Maryville, The Case Stays Closed

On Thursday, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced that she will not file sexual assault charges in a 2013 rape case in Maryville, Mo. Baker had been appointed special prosecutor to re-examine the case in response to the public outcry — sparked by a Kansas City Star report — that it was originally mishandled.
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Congress Rings In The New Year With Another Budget Deadline

In mid-January, the funding bill that ended the October government shutdown will expire, and congressional budget-writers are still not ready to unveil the trillion-dollar "omnibus" bill to keep the lights on. If the House and Senate cannot come to an agreement soon, lawmakers might have to resort to yet another temporary measure.
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States May Recognize Same-Sex Marriages, But Navajo Nation Won't

Some Navajo activists want to overturn a tribal law banning same-sex marriages. They say the law contradicts Navajo values because it disrupts harmony. Host Michel Martin talks with people on both sides of the debate: Deswood Tome of the Navajo Nation Council and Alray Nelson of the Coalition for Navajo Equality.
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As Rebels Fight Rebels, Grim Reports From A Syrian City

Syria's civil war keeps getting more complicated. In the latest twist, fractious rebel groups have united to fight extremists linked to al-Qaida. Both sides oppose the Syrian government, but for now they are pointing their guns at each other and a nasty battle is taking place in the northern city of Raqqa.
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Equal Punishment? Reforming School Discipline

Kojo looks at how new federal guidelines on school discipline could impact classrooms and school security.

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What Happens When A Language's Last Monolingual Speaker Dies?

Emily Johnson Dickerson, the last person who spoke only Chickasaw, died last week at age 93. There were thousands of fluent Chickasaw speakers as late as the 1960s. Dickerson was among about 65 remaining.
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Egypt's Coptic Christians Celebrate Christmas Amid Fear, Hope

Coptic Christians in Egypt celebrated their Christmas on Tuesday in an atmosphere of uncertainty. There were dozens of attacks on churches and Christian homes both during and after the tenure of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. Coptic leaders publicly supported the military coup that ousted Morsi.
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Record Could Hinder Confirmation Of Civil Rights Nominee

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday considers President Obama's nominee to enforce civil rights at the Justice Department. Debo Adegbile will need to overcome the opposition not only of voter fraud activists but also the Fraternal Order of Police.
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Former Banker Could Help Feds Learn More About Swiss Accounts

A Swiss banker has pleaded not guilty to charges he helped thousands of Americans evade paying their taxes. Raoul Weil was one of the top managers at UBS, a Swiss bank that helped nearly 20,000 Americans hide their assets in secret accounts.

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