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Ex-Ambassador Crocker Supports Hagel's Nomination

Many Republicans have criticized President Obama's nomination of Chuck Hagel as Defense Secretary. Some Democrats are uneasy about their president's pick as well. But former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan Ryan Crocker tells Steve Inskeep that Hagel is the right man for the job.
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Lawyers Say Teenage Terror Suspect Was Entrapped By FBI

Jury selection began Thursday in the trial of young Somali-American who is accused of wanting to detonate a bomb at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Ore., two years ago. The case of Mohamed Mohamud is drawing attention because the defendant was just a teenager when he was arrested and the charges leveled against him came as a result of an FBI sting operation. His lawyers are likely to mount an entrapment defense.
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Conn., N.Y. Governors Want Tighter Gun Control

In the wake of the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, come ambitious new efforts aimed at gun violence both in Connecticut and neighboring New York state.
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Obama Wants Urgent Action To End Gun Violence

Vice President Joe Biden is tasked with coming up with recommendations to stem gun violence. On Wednesday, he met with gun control advocates. Next he meets with backers of gun rights.
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Iranian Government May Be Behind Recent Cyber Attacks

Over the last several months, U.S. banks have been subjected to a series of cyber attacks apparently aimed at disrupting normal operations. A volunteer cyber militia group has taken credit for the attacks, saying they are to protest the anti-Islam video that has angered the Muslim world. But U.S. officials and cybersecurity experts are increasingly convinced the government of Iran is behind the attacks. Tom Gjelten talks to Melissa Block.
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Alleged Leaker Manning Subjected To Illegal Pretrial Punishment, Judge Rules

At a pretrial hearing Tuesday at Fort Meade, a military judge said some of the punishment given to Pvt. Bradley Manning while he was in solitary confinement was "more rigorous than necessary." He is accused of sending a mass of classified documents to the website WikiLeaks.

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