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The Pentagon Weighs Its Options In Syria And Iraq

Violence is spreading now in both Syria and Iraq, with al-Qaida and other jihadi fighters increasing their influence. In Syria, the U.S. is putting its hopes on peace talks, but there is no sign that the U.S. will go beyond that. The Pentagon has drawn up plans to increase the rebel training effort now being done by the CIA, but the White House has not given the go-ahead. In Iraq, the U.S. has said it will not send troops. Instead, it will sell missiles and drones to help the Iraqi government beat back a resurgent al-Qaida in Ramadi and Fallujah. The bottom line: The U.S. doesn't want to get dragged into either country.
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Fallujah Veterans Ask Hard Questions About Their Sacrifices

A radical group with links to al-Qaida has taken intermittent control of key parts of Fallujah in western Iraq. It's the same area where U.S. troops saw some of their bloodiest fights during the Iraq war a decade ago, costing the U.S. more lives than in any other region in Iraq.
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Can Science Explain Extreme Weather?

With a polar vortex moving through the area and other extreme weather seeming to be more common, we explore the science of the arctic ice cap and other research on weather.

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New Law Allows Transgender Students To Choose Bathrooms And Sports Teams

A new California law allows transgender students to choose restrooms and sport teams based on the gender they identify with. Host Michel Martin speaks with a parenting roundtable about the pros and cons.
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How Al-Qaida Returned To A Troubled Part Of Iraq

Western Iraq was one of the most chaotic parts of the country during the U.S. war there. Al-Qaida extremists were defeated once, but with U.S. forces gone, they've managed to return as Iraq continues to slide into chaos.
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U.N. Suspends Counting Deaths In Syria's Civil War

The U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights says it can't verify its sources and so will leave the figure at 100,000, where it stood in July.
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High Court Stops Gay Marriages In Utah

The U.S. Supreme Court issued the order on Monday and it puts gay marriages on hold until an appeal is decided by the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Utah had been allowing gay marriages since Dec. 20.
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Al-Qaida-Linked Militia Gains Control Of Fallujah

Robert Siegel talks to independent journalist Jane Arraf about the takeover of Fallujah and Ramadi by an al-Qaida-linked group. Arraf is based in Baghdad and was in Fallujah three weeks ago.
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U.S. Supreme Court Halts Gay Marriages In Utah

The U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously granted a stay in the Utah gay marriage case, putting a stop to the weddings until an intermediate appeals court has heard and ruled on the matter. It could be a potentially precedent-setting case.
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Computer Guys And Gal

With the Consumer Electronics Show under way in Las Vegas, the Computer Guys and Gal explore what 2014 will bring, from 4K TV to wearable tech to the potential demise of passwords.

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