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Penn State Sanctions Worse Than 'Death Penalty'?

The NCAA laid out severe penalties against Penn State University today - in light of a child rape scandal. The school's football team has been banned from post-season play, docked scholarships, fined heavily, and stripped of past victories. Michel Martin discusses the penalties with Sports Illustrated's Pablo Torre.
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What Makes A Shooter Snap?

Last week's rampage at a Colorado movie theater has left many looking for answers about how people can commit such deadly acts of violence. Host Michel Martin speaks with Dave Cullen, journalist and author of Columbine, and psychiatrist Dr. Carl Bell about what we conclusions we should be careful not to draw in the aftermath of the Colorado shooting.
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Cargill Warns Of Salmonella-Tainted Ground Beef In Latest Recall

At least two people have been hospitalized in a Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak tied to ground beef from a Pennsylvania Cargill beef plant. The company is warning consumers to check packages in their freezers before consuming ground beef.
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Penn State Fined $60M, Banned From Bowls, Wins From 1998 On Vacated

A "conspiracy of silence" allowed former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky to continue preying on young boys, the athletic association said.
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13 Reported Dead, 10 Injured After Pickup Crashes In Texas

"This is the most people I've seen in any passenger vehicle, and I've been an officer for 38 years," Texas State Trooper Gerald Bryant tells The Associated Press.
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Theater Shooting Suspect Makes First Court Appearance

A dazed-looking James Holmes, his hair dyed a reddish orange, said nothing. He mostly stared down and ahead. Meanwhile, authorities say more likely would have died, but the gunman's semiautomatic assault rifle apparently malfunctioned.
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Obama, Romney Court Veterans In Key States

In a close presidential race, every constituency counts. With both President Obama and Mitt Romney addressing the Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention this week, it's clear that veterans have become a prized voter group. That's especially true in battleground states like Florida, Virginia and Ohio, where vets make up a large enough segment of the population to swing the election.
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Aurora Shooting Suspect To Appear In Court

Steve Inskeep talks with Megan Verlee of Colorado Public Radio for an update on developments over the weekend in Aurora, Colo. James Holmes, the suspect in Friday's multiple shooting at a movie theater, is expected to appear in court Monday.
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Rifts Emerge Amid 'Frac Sand' Rush In Wisconsin

Western Wisconsin counties bordering the Mississippi River have a unique geography: steep bluffs with layers and layers of silica sand. The sand is extremely valuable because it's strong enough to prop open underground veins in shale fields so oil and natural gas can be released. It's called "frac sand," and Wisconsin appears to have more of it than any other state. But the hills are private property, so sand mining companies have to negotiate with local farmers — not all of whom are on board.

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