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For One Military Family, DOMA Decision Will Hit Close To Home

Same-sex couples in the military will be watching closely now that the U.S. Supreme Court is considering the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act. Anxiously awaiting a decision are Army lieutenant colonel Heather Mack and her wife, Ashley Broadway, who've been together for 15 years and have two children. They say repealing DOMA would help many enlisted same-sex military couples, who don't receive funds to move non-military spouses from one base to the next. But most of all, Broadway and Mack say repealing DOMA would give them the recognition they crave: to have their marriage officially recognized in every state in the country. Jessia Jones of WUNC talked with the couple.
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Hours After Expulsion, Ex-Nevada Lawmaker Forcibly Arrested In California

Democrat Steven Brooks led California police on a high-speed chase, hours after he was expelled from the Nevada Legislature. Lawmakers said they didn't feel safe when he was in the assembly building.
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Music Producer Phil Ramone Dies At 79

Ramone worked with top artists to create some of the most unforgettable music of our era. He had been hospitalized in February with an aortic aneurysm.
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IRS To 'Social Welfare' Groups: Show Me The Political Ad Money

In a step toward fuller disclosure, the agency is asking more questions of the entities whose multimillion-dollar ad budgets helped clog the airwaves during election season.
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Elite 8 Take To The NCAA Courts

Host Scott Simon catches up on the week in sports with Howard Bryant of ESPN.
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Gay Marriage And The Evolving Language Of Love

During arguments this week at the Supreme Court over gay marriage, Justice Samuel Alito pointed out that the institution is "newer than cellphones or the Internet." That means the language used to describe same-sex relationships is new, too. And even linguists say they're still learning.
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Gay Marriage Recap: Will Justices Rule On Constitutionality?

It was a busy week in the debate over gay marriage, with two Supreme Court cases and a number of members of Congress moving from opposition to endorsement. NPR's Nina Totenberg and NPR political editor Ron Elving join host Scott Simon for a recap.
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NPR 'Grain' Series Investigates Industry, Sparks Response

NPR's Howard Berkes joins host Scott Simon for a look back at his reporting this week on the NPR series Buried In Grain. Berkes reviews the death toll from grain storage bins and the weak laws and enforcement that have failed to prevent these accidents.
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State Gives Example Of New Federal Gas Standards

The Environment Protection Agency has proposed new rules that will require cars to run on cleaner gas. The rules are intended to lower sulfur emission and reduce smog, and they'd go into effect in 2017. NPR's Sonari Glinton reports they're similar to standards in place in California.

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