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Are Lower School Achievement Levels A Civil Rights Issue?

Does setting lower achievement levels for minorities help or hurt students? Host Michel Martin talks with Jerri Katzerman of the Southern Poverty Law Center. The organization recently filed a civil rights complaint against the Florida Department of Education.

New Images Show Destruction In Syrian City Of Aleppo

Amnesty International, which released the images, says the widespread devastation is "severely lopsided" in opposition-controlled parts of the city. It says Aleppo was targeted by the government for "indiscriminate air bombardment."

Security Heightened In Yemeni Capital Sanaa

Tanks and troops are in the streets of Yemen's capital, Sanaa, as reports of possible terrorist strikes closed the U.S. and British embassies there. On Tuesday, the U.S. government advised American citizens in Yemen to leave immediately. For a view inside the capital, Renee Montagne talks to Iona Craig, a correspondent for The Times of London and one of the few remaining western journalists still there.

Culture War Rages In Egypt

What is the cultural impact of a revolution? Egyptian artists, writers and comedians are sorting through what they can and can't express now that the Morsi government has been pushed from power and the military is in charge.

With Holder In The Lead, Sentencing Reform Gains Momentum

Eric Holder, the nation's top law enforcement officer, is calling for a sea change in the criminal justice system. The attorney general is joined by a bipartisan group of lawmakers who want to overhaul prison sentencing policies.

DOJ Sues Bank Of America Over Mortgage-Backed Securities

The Justice Department has filed a civil lawsuit against Bank of America, alleging that the company lied to investors about the relative riskiness of the mortgage loans backing the residential mortgage-backed securities, made false statements after intentionally not performing proper due diligence and filled the securitization with a disproportionate amount of risky mortgages.
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Thwarting Attack: Intelligence, Security And Securing U.S. Posts

We explore the practical and security implications of protecting U.S. properties nearly a year after the deadly attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Libya.


Fort Hood Shooter A 'Shrunken' Presence In Court Martial

The court martial of Army Maj. Nidal Hasan began Tuesday at Fort Hood in Texas. Hasan is defending himself and told jurors that the evidence will show he was the man who killed 13 soldiers in 2009. But he said that the trial will not tell the whole story.

U.S. Using Old Playbook In Fighting Al-Qaida In Yemen

Audie Cornish talks to Gregory Johnsen, author of The Last Refuge: Yemen, al-Qaeda and America's War in Arabia, about al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula and how it became one of the terror network's most active affiliates.

U.S. Sues Bank Of America Over Mortgage-Backed Securities

The government alleges Bank of America mislead investors in the lead-up to the housing bust. The suit covers about $850 million worth of mortgage-backed securities from 2008.