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Dated Methods Mean Slow Return For Fallen Soldiers — Or None At All

The agency charged with bringing home and identifying American war dead is slow, inefficient and stymied by outdated methods, according to a joint investigation by NPR and ProPublica.

Texas Abortion Restrictions Shutter Two More Clinics

Several Texas abortion clinics are shutting down Thursday, in part due to restrictions passed by state lawmakers. They join a growing list of clinics that have closed since the law was passed.

As CPAC Opens, GOP Stars Take Turns At The Podium

The Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual gathering of conservative activists, routinely attracts big names in the Republican party — and this year's no different. It starts Thursday.

Talk About A Misdemeanor: The City Law Against Annoying Behavior

Grand Rapids City Attorney Catherine Mish talks to Audie Cornish about an outdated city code that states, "No person shall willfully annoy another person."

Obama Lays Groundwork For Sanctions Against Russia

With an executive order Thursday, President Obama authorized sanctions on Russia for its involvement in Ukraine. Speaker Boehner praised the sanctions and offered congressional support going forward.

Senate Blocks Bill To Overhaul Military Sex Assault Prosecutions

The measure would have removed the authority of senior military commanders to prosecute sexual assault cases within their ranks. The vote was 55-45 vote.


How Yosemite Keeps Its Bears' Paws Off Campers' Hamburgers

The park's bears have developed a taste for humans' food, and that's gotten them in big trouble. But efforts to teach campers to lock up food are helping solve the problem, a bear hair analysis shows.

How 4 Inmates Launched A Statewide Hunger Strike From Solitary

The California convicts overcame the extreme isolation of their imprisonment to organize a 30,000-prisoner-strong movement. Their goal? To end long-term incarceration in solitary confinement.

Army Brigadier General Pleads Guilty To Adultery

Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair, facing court-martial on charges he sexually assaulted a female captain, pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of an extramarital affair.

SAT Gets A Makeover

The College Board has announced major changes to the SAT, including making the essay optional, and no longer penalizing wrong answers. Erik Robelen of Education Week talks about the changes.