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Former CIA Officials Denied Chance To Preview 'Torture' Report  Sat, 26 Jul 2014 03:36:00 -0400
The report, along with a CIA rebuttal, is the most detailed accounting of a set of controversial interrogation, rendition and detention practices the CIA carried out after the Sept. 11 attacks. 
Suspect In Philadelphia Hospital Shooting Had History Of Gun Arrests  Sat, 26 Jul 2014 02:28:25 -0400
The alleged shooter had at least four gun arrests, along with assault and drug charges, according to police and court records. 
Video: Haboob, A Huge Dust Storm, Hits Phoenix Area  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:22:33 -0400
The storm is commonly referred to as a haboob, from the Arabic word for an intense summer dust storm. Today's storm hit in time to complicate the Friday afternoon commute. 
'I Love Your Country,' New House Member Tells U.S. Officials  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:32:00 -0400
Rep. Curt Clawson, a Republican from Florida, tells subcommittee witnesses from two U.S. agencies, "I'm familiar with your country; I love your country." 
Obama: U.S., Central America Share Responsibility For Influx Of Minors  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:57:00 -0400
The presidents of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador met at the White House to discuss the steep uptick in unaccompanied children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. 
Bill Allowing Americans To Unlock Cellphones Passes House, Heads To Obama  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:49:00 -0400
The bill also directs the Librarian of Congress to review whether the exemption should also apply to tablets and other devices. 
Can Finishing A Big Bowl Of Ramen Make Dreams Come True?  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:42:00 -0400
At his ramen shop in Cambridge, Mass., chef Tsuyoshi Nishioka wants customers to follow their dreams. His philosophy? If you can finish a bowl of his ramen, you can accomplish anything in life. 
As Political Disenchantment Soars, Lines At The Polls Grow Shorter  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:30:00 -0400
There has been record low turnout among voters in the 2014 primaries so far. Is it political dysfunction that's made voters lose interest? And what might this mean for November's general elections? 
Central American Leaders Stop By White House To Talk Border Crisis  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:15:46 -0400
Central American presidents met with President Obama, discussing the influx of unaccompanied children crossing the border. So far, Obama has not seen eye to eye with Congress on possible solutions. 
Army War College Opens A Probe Into Sen. Walsh's Alleged Plagiarism  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:15:00 -0400
The U.S. Army War College has determined in a preliminary review that Sen. John Walsh of Montana appeared to have plagiarized his final paper to earn a master's degree. An investigative panel is reviewing the evidence. 
The Average American Man Is Too Big For His Britches  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:10:00 -0400
Growing waistlines, a savvy clothing industry and good old-fashioned stubbornness have kept many men in pants that don't fit. It doesn't have to be this way. 
Are Opponents Of The Death Penalty Contributing To Its Problems?  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:38:53 -0400
It's become an article of faith among supporters of capital punishment that abolitionists are doing everything they can to undermine executions, putting up hurdles and then complaining about delays. 
Pope Francis To Visit U.S. Next Year  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:02:00 -0400
In what will be his first papal visit to the U.S., the pontiff has accepted an invitation to a meeting in Philadelphia and is reportedly considering stops in New York and Washington, D.C. 
Before Passing The Baton, Spelman President Reflects On Tough Choices  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:25:59 -0400
Host Michel Martin speaks with Spelman College President Beverly Daniel Tatum about her final year leading the oldest historically black college for women. 
The GOP's New Plan To Tackle Poverty: Helpful Or Hurtful?  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:24:22 -0400
Republican Congressman Paul Ryan has a new plan to address poverty. Host Michel Martin talks with commentators Corey Ealons and Ron Christie about it and other political stories of the week.