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A Symbol Of Syria's Uprising, Homs Reverts To Assad's Control

More than 1,000 rebel fighters in the central city began leaving Wednesday under terms of a conditional surrender.
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DEA Raids Target Synthetic Drugs' Makers And Sellers

Federal agents acted on hundreds of warrants Wednesday, in an operation that included at least 25 states.
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Justice Delayed Brings Freedom For Missouri Man

Mike Anderson has been reunited with his family after spending almost a year behind bars. A clerical error left him free after he'd been sentenced to 13 years in prison. Anderson shares his story.
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Syrian Opposition Finds A Voice On Pirate Radio

Steve Inskeep talks to Syrian journalist Obadah Al-Kaddri about being named one of Time magazine's top 100 influential people. Al-Kaddri is director of Radio Watan, a pirate station heard in Syria.
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Critics Find Little Humor In 'SNL' Writer's Jokes About Slavery

Comedy often pushes the boundaries of taste and sensibilities, as SNL writer Leslie Jones did with her slavery skit this past Saturday. Some laughed, some howled.
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'Born Frees' Prepare To Vote In South Africa

South Africans head to the polls Wednesday for general elections. The African National Congress is likely to take a majority of the vote, despite pervasive unemployment and a recent corruption scandal involving President Jacob Zuma, explains the BBC's Audrey Brown.
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Study: To Command Respect, Try Using Your Middle Initial

Robert talks to a pair of researchers who have separately come up with findings about our names and how they are perceived by others. Are our evaluations of people's credibility swayed by how easily we can pronounce their names? Researchers in New Zealand have tried to find out. And in the U.K., another study has assessed how middle initials have a particular and powerful effect on how people are perceived by others.
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As States Vote In Primaries, Voter ID Laws Come Under Scrutiny

Voters in eight states are required to show photo IDs. Some experts say the tide is turning toward striking down ID requirements. Others say not so fast.
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Controversy Over Title IX Protecting Transgender Students

The Department of Education declared that transgender students are protected under Title IX. But there are questions about how that will work on campuses, and what the legal complications might be.
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A Narrow High Court Win For Prayer Before Government Meetings

The Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 that the government can use Christian prayers to start town meetings, so long as legislators don't discriminate against non-Christians. It's a new chapter in the long-running fight over prayer in public places and on public occasions. NPR's Carrie Johnson explains what happened in the town of Greece, New York.

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