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Sandusky Defense Team Calls First Witnesses

The first witnesses for the defense testified Monday in the trial of Jerry Sandusky. The former Penn State football coach is charged with more than 50 counts in a child sex abuse case. Joel Rose is in Pennsylvania and talks to Melissa Block.
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Teaching The War Of 1812 Different In U.S., Canada

Monday marks the 200th anniversary of the start of the War of 1812. Even though it's a conflict that inspired our national anthem and in which the British burned down the White House, the war remains a forgotten chapter in U.S. history. But not so in Canada. Robert Siegel talks with two history teachers — one from the U.S., the other from Canada — about teaching the War of 1812 in their classrooms.
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Massive N.M. Fire Threatens Endangered Fish

Ash and charred debris from the largest wildfire in New Mexico's history are threatening the survival of the Gila trout. Biologists are trying to save the fish by using electroshock to temporarily stun the trout and re-locate it to a hatchery. The trout is an endangered species that can be found only in four streams within the Gila Wilderness. Melissa Blocks talks to Jim Brooks, Project Leader of the New Mexico Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, about his team's efforts to save the trout.
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Calling All Listeners For The 'NPR Cities Project'

Robert Siegel and Melissa Block ask for audience input for the NPR Cities Project, where Americans across the country share more about the heart of their city. Learn how to contribute pictures and sound at npr.org/nprcities. You can also follow the project on Twitter @nprcities.
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High Court Takes Different Turn On Lab Tests

In cases that use lab work like DNA and fingerprints as evidence, the people who traditionally testify are the lab analysts who produced the evidence — not a supervisor or other expert. That's in accordance with the 6th Amendment's "Confrontation Clause," which gives defendants the right to confront the accused. Now the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, seems to be reconsidering when experts may testify.
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Ban The Buckeye For Being Bisexual? We Now Have Hoax No. 3

A letter to the editor is getting buzz for its call to replace the buckeye as Ohio's honored tree. The satirist who wrote it is enjoying the attention.
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The Ins And Outs Of Obama's Immigration Shift

The Obama administration estimates its new immigration enforcement policy will allow some 800,000 young illegal immigrants to avoid deportation and work legally in the U.S. Some critics say it oversteps executive authority, others say that it doesn't go far enough.
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Trayvon Martin Case: Jailhouse Calls From Zimmerman To Wife Released

Prosecutors say the calls show the Zimmermans knew that roughly $135,000 had been raised by a website set up to support his defense. They did not tell that to a court during his initial bond hearing.

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