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Opening Statements Paint Two Pictures Of Sandusky

Opening statements began today in the trial of Jerry Sandusky, a former Penn State football coach accused of molesting children. Prosecutors portrayed Sandusky as a "serial pedophile" while the defense portrayed him as a victim. Joel Rose talks to Audie Cornish about the trial.
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Fewer English Speakers Cause Crunch In Nev. Courts

The number of people in Nevada who aren't fluent English speakers jumped 49 percent between 2000 and 2010, according to census data. And with that increase, comes a growing demand for language services in Nevada courtrooms. Yet state courts are dealing with severe budget cuts. That fiscal reality means the Clark County Public Defender's office can only afford to have one Spanish interpreter on staff.
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Security Leak Investigation Expected To Be Slippery

Late last week the attorney general, under pressure from lawmakers, appointed two prosecutors to look into leaks of national security secrets. But leak cases are notoriously difficult to prosecute, and the prospects for these cases are problematic.
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Commerce Secretary's Crashes Raise Questions

Commerce Secretary John Bryson previously had a very low profile in the Obama administration. That is, until Monday when new broke that he has been cited for felony hit-and-run after two car crashes over the weekend.
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Supreme Court Declines To Hear Guantanamo Appeals

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear appeals from seven prisoners at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In doing so, it declined to take a second look at how its four-year-old decision on the rights of Guantanamo detainees is being carried out.
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Prosecutor Says Sandusky Cultivated Boys, Defense Calls Case Flimsy

The trial of the former Penn State assistant football coach has begun. He's accused of sexually abusing 10 young boys over 15 years, beginning in the late 1980s. Sandusky has pleaded innocent.
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Is Teach For America Failing?

Teach for America has been touted for its success in bringing talented people into the field of education. But it has also been drawing criticism, even from former supporters, about whether the program is effective. Host Michel Martin talks with Gary Rubenstein, a Teach for America alum, a veteran teacher and a critic of the program.

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