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Former Iowa Lawmaker Admits To Getting Payoff Before 2012 Caucuses  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:34:00 -0400
Kent Sorenson pleaded guilty in federal court to switching sides between GOP presidential candidates in exchange for under-the-table payments. The former state senator previously denied the rumors. 
ACLU, U.S. Settle Lawsuit On Deportation Of Immigrants  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:06:00 -0400
Under the deal, immigrants who are in the country illegally must be informed of their right to a hearing before an immigration judge. The ACLU was representing nine Mexicans and three organizations. 
Diplomats And Lawyers Try To Define 'Culturally Acceptable Food'  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:34:00 -0400
Some governments recently said that agricultural investments should supply "culturally acceptable food." Now they're trying to define what that is. 
In Settlement, Homeland Security Agrees To Reform 'Voluntary Departures'  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:20:00 -0400
The Department of Homeland Security is settling a lawsuit with the ACLU, which deals with immigrants who were improperly pushed to leave the country. 
CBO Forecast: There's Good News And Bad News  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:11:00 -0400
The nonpartisan budget office reports growth that's slower than expected, but also that the Affordable Care Act's changes to Medicare are successfully holding down costs. 
Freemasonry Still Alive And Well, And (Mostly) Men-Only  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:10:00 -0400
The Freemasons are arguably one of the world's most famous men's organizations. Membership has been falling in the U.S. since the 1960s, but millennials are now showing an interest in the fraternity. 
Life After Ice Buckets: ALS Group Faces $94 Million Challenge  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:43:00 -0400
The ALS Association has raised more than $94 million in recent weeks via its online ice bucket challenge — compared with $2.7 million this time last year. Now what? 
At Houses Of Worship, Women Serve Food For A Higher Purpose  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:37:00 -0400
Across the U.S., women work the kitchens of temples, mosques and Sikh gurudwaras, putting on both simple meals and complex feasts. They see their work as serving God by serving others. 
Mapping Out The End Days Of The Midterm Campaign  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:09:53 -0400
The end of August heralds the start to the final phase of the 2014 election season. As primaries wrap up and candidates ready themselves for November, NPR's Charlie Mahtesian lays out the political landscape. 
Meet The Squirrel Whisperer Of Happy Valley  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:09:00 -0400
A squirrel at Penn State University has become a social media sensation. Emily Reddy of WPSU reports that undergraduate student Mary Krupa discovered the squirrels on campus were so tame that they'd eat from her hand, soon putting hats on them and even setting up a Facebook page, which now has more "likes" than the school's mascot. 
When Do Food Shortages Become A Famine? There's A Formula For That  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:09:00 -0400
The U.S. government has a detailed and technical system for determining a famine. But conditions in South Sudan make it extremely difficult to assess just how dire the situation is. 
Chicago Greets Little League National Champs As Returning Heroes  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:09:00 -0400
Chicago has gathered for a parade to celebrate the Jackie Robinson West baseball team, which won the U.S. championship at the Little League World Series. 
Surfers Flock To The Water, As Huge Waves Hit The West Coast  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:09:00 -0400
High surf is hitting the Southern California coast, much to the delight of surfers and the worry of lifeguards. 
The Life Of The Man Who Died Fighting For ISIS  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:09:00 -0400
Douglas McAuthur McCain has earned a dubious distinction, as the first American to die in Syria fighting for the extremist group that calls itself the Islamic State. 
There's A Big Leak In America's Water Tower  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:53:00 -0400
Peaks around Glacier National Park store water that irrigates a large section of North America. But a warming climate is shrinking that snowpack, with ominous consequences for wildlife and people.