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Clicking The 'Like' Button Is Protected Speech, Court Rules

U.S. Circuit Judge William Traxler compared liking something on Facebook to displaying a political sign on your front yard, which the Supreme Court has found to be "substantive speech."

FBI Chief: Gunman Was 'Wandering Around Looking For People To Shoot'

In his first remarks to reporters since taking office this month, FBI Director Jim Comey addressed security concerns following the Navy Yard shootings that left 13 people dead. He also talked about sequestration and leaks on government surveillance programs.

Navy Yard Tragedy Unnerves Mass Shooting Survivors

For those in places like Aurora, Tucson and Newtown, each new mass tragedy brings back terrible memories of their own traumas. Many say the shootings offer a reminder of the need to combat violence, but none pretend to offer any easy solution.

'Mountain Dew Mouth' Is Destroying Appalachia's Teeth, Critics Say

The region has an alarmingly high incidence of rotted teeth, and heavy soda consumption is a big reason why, dentists and health advocates say. So they're beginning to target the food stamp program to ban recipients from buying soda with their vouchers.

Years After Historic Ruling, Execution Still A 'Random' Justice

Evan Mandery's A Wild Justice is an account of the legal battles that led to the U.S. Supreme Court striking down capital punishment, then reversing course four years later. He says that today, prisoners who are sentenced to death have a 10 percent chance of actually being executed.

A Hospital Tells Police Where Fights Happen, And Crime Drops

People who show up wounded at a hospital often don't tell police. When a hospital in Cardiff, Wales, shared that information without naming names, the toll of violence dropped, and the city saved $11 million a year on health care and policing. Other British cities are adopting the program.

War On Poverty Still Worth Fighting?

It has been almost 50 years since President Lyndon Johnson declared a "War on Poverty." But more than 15 percent of Americans still lived in poverty last year, according to a new report by the U.S. Census Bureau. Host Michel Martin discusses how the country is tackling poverty today with researcher Isabel Sawhill and economics professor Martha Bailey.

Tom DeLay's Conviction Overturned On Appeal

The former House majority leader, a Republican, was convicted in 2010 for his part in what at the time was judged to be an illegal scheme to funnel money to candidates. But a Texas appeals court has ruled that the state failed to prove its case.

Many Missing People Now Accounted For In Colorado Flooding

Rescuers have reached some of the remote areas affected by floods, as electricity and phones have been restored.

Health Care Costs Are Projected To Outpace Economic Growth

Though the Obama administration says that the nation is entering a new era of lower health care spending, an analysis from the agency that oversees Medicare says probably not. Those economists say that health spending will escalate as the economy improves, as it has in past economic recoveries.