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Administration Fights Case That Would Assign Lawyers To Minors Seeking Asylum  Fri, 06 Mar 2015 05:03:00 -0500
Tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors are moving through immigration courts without legal representation. An ACLU lawsuit calls for the government to provide them with lawyers. 
House Panel Questions Gen. Campbell About Readiness Of Afghan Force  Fri, 06 Mar 2015 05:03:00 -0500
Congress wants to know whether the U.S. military tried to hide problems with the Afghan military force. Afghans are leading the fight against the Taliban — with U.S. troops mostly in the background. 
Boston Economy Will Escape Big Freeze Of Historic Snowstorms  Fri, 06 Mar 2015 03:41:00 -0500
New England businesses are taking stock after weeks of record-setting winter storms disrupted transportation, stopping many workers from doing their jobs. Telecommuting is helping Boston get by. 
Photographer Helped Expose Brutality Of Selma's 'Bloody Sunday'  Fri, 06 Mar 2015 03:39:00 -0500
Some of the most iconic images of marchers being attacked by Alabama state troopers at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1965, were captured by a white photojournalist who stumbled onto the historic events. 
Sharing Patient Records Is Still A Digital Dilemma For Doctors  Fri, 06 Mar 2015 03:37:00 -0500
There's good news and bad news about electronic medical records. They're now in most doctors' offices — but most doctors still can't easily share them. 
Coroner Identifies Homeless Man On Skid Row Killed By LAPD  Fri, 06 Mar 2015 03:28:00 -0500
Charley Leundeu Keunang, 43, was shot and killed by LAPD officers during a struggle on Sunday. He had come to the U.S. using a stolen identity. 
Colorado Debates Whether IUDs Are Contraception Or Abortion  Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:48:00 -0500
A Colorado program has allowed more than 30,000 women to get long-term contraception for free, lowering teen birth and abortion rates. Now lawmakers have to decide if it can qualify for state funding. 
Many Question Lack Of Plea Deal In Boston Bombing Case  Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:20:00 -0500
The dramatic admission of guilt by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's defense team in its opening statement Wednesday has generated questions about the trial now underway. 
Transgender Students Learn To Navigate School Halls  Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:10:00 -0500
A new poll shows that fewer young people see gender as limited to female and male. Youth Radio reporter Nanette Thompson talks with two students about their experiences at school. 
Animal-Rights Advocates Cheer End Of Elephants In Circus  Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:06:00 -0500
NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Katherine Meyer, an attorney with the Wildlife Advocacy Project, about how animal advocates are celebrating the end of elephants in the Ringling Bros. circus. 
DOJ Report Condemns Ferguson Police Department's Practices  Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:47:00 -0500
NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Phillip Atiba Goff, president of the Center for Policing Equity, about his reaction to the Justice Department's investigation into the Ferguson, Mo., Police Department. 
Why Some Parents Are Sitting Kids Out Of Tests  Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:46:00 -0500
Sixty percent of parents think there is too much emphasis on testing. Are they right? 
Defying The Capitol Hill Sledding Ban In The Name Of Winter Fun  Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:36:00 -0500
During Thursday's snow storm, some people in Washington, D.C., defied an 1876 U.S. Code that bans sledding on Capitol Hill. 
Motorists Stranded On Kentucky Highways Due To Heavy Snow  Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:36:00 -0500
More than 600 cars have been stranded on Kentucky highways since Wednesday night with limited access to food, gas and water. 
The Racist History Behind The Iconic Selma Bridge  Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:36:00 -0500
The Edmund Pettus Bridge is a sacred place in America's civil rights history. It also was named after a Grand Dragon of the state Ku Klux Klan. There's a strong generational divide on renaming it.