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In Afghanistan, Tribal Elders Get A Say In Security Pact With U.S.

In Afghanistan, a grand assembly of some 2,500 tribal elders, politicians and civil society elites are meeting to decide whether to approve a security agreement with the United States. Approval by the grand assembly, called a loya jirga, would be in addition to the OK of the Afghan government. But as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has noted, the agreement can't go forward without the backing of the Afghan people. The security agreement would allow as many as 9,000 U.S. troops to remain in Afghanistan after the current NATO mission ends next year. Those troops would continue to train Afghan forces, but also conduct limited counterterrorism operations against al-Qaida fighters.
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Building Eco-Friendly Instruments, Paths For Women In Tech

Ozy co-founder Carlos Watson tells host Arun Rath about a female tech entrepreneur aiming to attract more women of color to the field and a company taking an eco-friendly approach to crafting ukuleles. Watson also remembers the most magical hotel he's ever stayed in.
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Examining The 'Red Flags' In A Massachusetts Crime Lab Scandal

A former Massachusetts chemist is now behind bars because of sloppy drug testing that went on for years, compromising up to 190,000 criminal cases and costing the state millions of dollars. The scandal raises questions of accountability in forensic labs around the country.
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Electric Bus Fleet Brings Chinese Manufacturing To America

The Shenzhen-based company BYD started producing cellphone batteries and then moved to electric cars. Now, it's rolling out a fleet of electric buses in the U.S., a first for a Chinese auto manufacturer.
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FCC Chief Says He's Personally Opposed To In-Flight Phone Calls

Tom Wheeler toned down his original statement calling the prohibition on using cellphones in-flight "outdated and restrictive," by saying it may ultimately be up to the airlines to decide whether in-flight phone use is a good idea.
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Want A File From The NSA? You Can Ask, But You Might Not Get It

Legally, you're allowed to request any record from government agencies, and people are using that right, with gusto, for NSA files. But it's up to agencies to decide which information they will hand over. Here are some examples of records that the NSA has released, when asked, in the past.
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Rivals Help Level Playing Field For Tornado-Shattered Team

Competition and compassion meet on the field in Springfield, Ill., Saturday, when two central Illinois high school football teams face off for a spot in the state championship. One team is a perennial powerhouse, but the other is from a town that was all but destroyed by a tornado one week ago.
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Rev. T.J. Jemison Remembered As Civil Rights Movement Pioneer

Louisiana is paying tribute Friday to the Rev. T.J. Jemison, a strong and steady voice against unequal treatment for blacks in the Jim Crow South. Jemison helped organize a bus boycott in Baton Rouge in 1953 and later advised Martin Luther King Jr. and others on how to orchestrate the Montgomery boycott.
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JPMorgan Says It Broke No Law. So Why Pay The $13 Billion?

The banking giant has agreed to pay a record sum to the U.S. government over charges that it knew it was selling risky mortgage products. But it's not clear exactly what, if anything, the bank is admitting to — or if the government's case would have held up in a jury trial.
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Rate Of Coastal Wetlands Loss Has Sped Up, U.S. Study Says

The U.S. lost an average of 80,000 acres of coastal wetlands from 2004 to 2009, according to recent government data. In a recent period, more than 70 percent of the estimated loss came in the Gulf of Mexico.

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