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CIA Acts In Syria, Slipping Weapons To Rebels In Secret

As diplomatic talks in Geneva have failed to resolve the three-year-old civil war in Syria, the U.S. is undertaking a new covert program to send weapons in support of rebel forces there.
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Chemical Weapons Deadline May Be Met, But Results In Syria Are Mixed

Syria will likely meet an upcoming deadline to hand over its declared chemical weapons. But the agreement seems to have emboldened the Syrian regime to use other brutal tactics, including a chemical not covered by the deal.
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Insurgency and Instability in Nigeria

Kojo discusses the security and stability of Africa's largest country following recent violence and mass kidnappings by Nigeria's Boko Haram insurgent group.

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Is Drug Testing For Welfare Fair?

Florida Gov. Rick Scott's plan to drug test state workers and welfare recipients ran into trouble in the courts. Law professor Pauline Kim and reporter Curt Anderson discuss the drug testing battle.
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Lawyers Use High Court Petition To Highlight Prosecutorial Misconduct

A computer support technician convicted of possessing ricin to use as a weapon wants the Supreme Court to hear his appeal. He says prosecutors denied him due process by failing to disclose evidence.
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U.S. Ramps Up Aid To Syrian Rebels

The U.S. is increasing both arms and training assistance to the Syrian rebels. Advocates of the program say they hope to change the situation on the ground, others doubt it will help much.
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Sales Of New Homes Plunged In March

The harsh, persistent winter may have been partly to blame. New home sales are at their lowest pace since last July.
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CIA Is Quietly Ramping Up Aid To Syrian Rebels, Sources Say

The White House has decided to provide more covert training and weapons, including anti-tank missiles, in a bid to counter President Bashar Assad's growing strength in the civil war.
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Justice Dept. Opens Door To Freedom For Some Nonviolent Offenders

The Justice Department is considering clemency for thousands of people who are incarcerated on nonviolent drug charges and who have also served at least 10 years of their sentences.
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The Curious Practice Of Bringing Immigrants Back — To Deport Them

U.S. officers at the ports of entry are arresting undocumented immigrants as they try to leave the U.S. They're then prosecuted and sent to prison, only to be removed from the U.S. anyway. Why bother? That's a question people on all sides of the immigration debate are asking.

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