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Rundown for August 12, 2013
12:06 PM EDT 5 Comments

Holder Scales Back Use Of Harsh Drug Sentences

Attorney General Eric Holder says low-level, nonviolent drug offenders will no longer be charged with crimes that impose harsh mandatory minimum sentences.

12:15 PM EDT 2 Comments

Kentucky Among States Already Reducing Drug Sentences

Kentucky is one of a growing number of states that have directed money away from prisons and toward treatment programs for low level, nonviolent drug offenders.

12:25 PM EDT Comment

Pro-Morsi Protestors In Limbo In Egypt

An Egyptian security official says authorities have postponed a move to disperse two sit-ins by supporters of the country’s ousted president to “avoid bloodshed.”

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Cory Booker Leads N.J. Senate Primary In Polls, Dollars

With fewer than 24 hours until New Jersey’s special Democratic Senate primary election, Newark Mayor Cory Booker is up by more 35 percent in the polls, and has raised millions more than his rivals.

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Ethiopian Women And Girls Find Work In Construction

Ethiopia is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. The vast demand for construction labor in is drawing women into an industry dominated by men.

12:50 PM EDT 14 Comments

Glut Of Lobster Brings Price To A 20-Year Low In Maine

Global warming and other factors are causing an oversupply of lobsters in Maine. The result is that prices have dropped to about half since 2007. We speak with an eighth generation lobsterman.

1:06 PM EDT 4 Comments

Federal Judge: NYC’s Stop-And-Frisk Policy Violates Constitution

A federal judge says New York City’s stop-and-frisk policy violates both the 4th and 14th amendments of the Constitution. She’s appointing an independent monitor to oversee reforms.

1:15 PM EDT 25 Comments

Debating The Future Of Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law

The Florida state representative who will chair hearings on that state’s controversial “stand your ground” law says he doesn’t support changing “one damn comma” the law.

1:35 PM EDT 29 Comments

Dissing Oprah: How Race And Size Bias Affect Business

After a clerk in a high-end store in Switzerland refused to show Oprah Winfrey an expensive handbag, we look at how businesses use our physical appearance as an indicator of socioeconomic status.

1:40 PM EDT 3 Comments

New Epilepsy Research Could Lead To Targeted Treatments

New genetic research could provide life-changing treatments for people with epilepsy. The study has identified two genes and 25 mutations associated with the most serious form of epilepsy.

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Sarah Siskind’s Music, Rediscovered

NPR’s Stephen Thompson brings us new music each week. Today we listen to “Covered” by Sarah Siskind, her re-issued album that went under the radar during its first release in 2003.

1:50 PM EDT 7 Comments

Will E-Books Be Passed Down Through Generations?

When his aunt died, columnist Danny Heitman inherited many of her books. He writes, “Passing on your favorite books to your heirs has sentimental value. But how will that work if your library is digital?”

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From Civil Wars to Charlie Kohlhase.

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‘Whitey’ Bulger Guilty Of 11 Killings

Former Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger has been convicted in a string of 11 killings and other underworld crimes. The 83-year-old Bulger faces life in prison.

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‘Silver Linings Playbook’ Author Explores Conformity, Mental Health In New Teen Novel

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