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Lawyers Share The Bench In Terrorism Cases

The process by which the Justice Department will decide whether a terrorism case goes to a regular federal court or to a military commission has been something of a mystery. The big difference is how it will be done: The people making those decisions won't just be lawyers; intelligence agents and spies will be there, too. NPR's Dina Temple-Raston reports.
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Mild Weather Warming Local Budgets

Most of the country is having a mild winter, and that's having a positive impact on cities and towns. Local governments report being able to continue roadwork uninterrupted, and cities that are usually cleaning up after winter storms are saving tens of thousands of dollars.
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Just You, Your Dogs And The Yukon Sled Race

Mushing is a solitary endeavor, especially in the more remote parts of Northern Alaska and the Yukon Territory. That's the stage for 23 dog teams who set out a week ago on a 1,000-mile race from Fairbanks, Alaska, to Whitehorse, Canada. Emily Schwing of member station KUAC reports from the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.
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Boston's Parishes May Become Branch Offices

The Archdiocese of Boston is taking a business approach to its problem of too many parishes, too few priests and not enough parishioners. It plans to merge parishes into clusters and placing them under one pastor. It will eliminate dozens of parish jobs for lay people and take away local control of a church's budget and religious education program. The plan is being met with considerable pushback from priests and parishioners. Monica Brady-Myerov of member station WBUR reports.
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As CPAC Ends, Contest In Conservatism Goes On

Mitt Romney has struggled to prove his conservative authenticity to voters. At the Conservative Political Action Conference, he hardly uttered a sentence that didn't include the word "conservative." For this weekend — and the primary season in general — the calculation is simple: The more conservative, the better.
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A Real Estate Deal That Spans The Earth

For sale: 160 acres of rolling hills in California perfect for a vineyard, cattle ranch or communication with outer space. The Jamesburg Earth Station and its 10-story satellite dish once relayed broadcasts of historical events like the Apollo 11 moon landing. Now it's on the market.
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New Contraceptive Plan: A Successful Balancing Act?

President Obama announced a change of course Friday regarding religious institutions and birth control coverage. The administration, which seemed caught off guard by the strong opposition to its original policy, hopes to regain Catholic allies and maintain support from the women who put Obama in the White House.
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Religion And Birth Control: Not Just A GOP Fight

Along with Republicans, some Democrats said religious institutions shouldn't have to include birth control in their employees' health coverage. The Obama administration altered its policy Friday, but the issue could still affect which party controls the Senate next year.
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At CPAC, Gingrich Takes Aim At 'Republican Establishment'

Newt Gingrich was the last presidential candidate to speak Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C. And he kept his Romney powder dry, preferring instead to attack establishment Republicans who have not embraced the Gingrich campaign. To put it mildly.

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