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Why Courts Use Anonymous Juries, Like In Freddie Gray Case

Experts trace the first completely anonymous jury to 1977. That's when a judge worried about possible jury tampering by a drug kingpin named Leroy "Nicky" Barnes, a man also known as Mr. Untouchable.

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Bill Gates And Other Billionaires Pledge To Take On Climate Change

Twenty countries and 28 investors promised on Monday to jointly fund the development of energy alternatives. Backers of the initiative say private money is key to the next big push in energy.

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4 Men Charged In Shooting Of Black Lives Matter Protesters In Minneapolis

A county prosecutor said the men were charged with what the evidence supported, and that charging them with hate crimes would not add "one iota of time" to their possible sentences.

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Amazon Offers New Glimpse Of What Its Drone Delivery Could Look Like

The company says its Prime Air service will someday deliver packages up to five pounds in 30 minutes or less using small drones.

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"I'm 70 in Basketball Years"

Kobe Bryant in twilight.

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2 Israeli Teens Found Guilty In 2014 Killing Of Palestinian Youth

The two teens are are expected to be sentenced in January. A ruling on the accused ringleader, 31-year-old Yosef Haim Ben-David, has been delayed.

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LOOK: In Paris, Artists Turn Ad Spaces Into Climate Change Protests

The "brandalists," as they call themselves, used commercial ad space to point out the damage they say big corporations are having on the world's environment.

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Northern Ireland's Abortion Law Violates Human Rights, Court Rules

The decision by a Belfast High Court judge puts pressure on lawmakers to reconsider the near-total ban on pregnancy termination.

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Did 'Hateful Rhetoric' Cause Shooting? Hear Planned Parenthood's Careful Response

In an interview on NPR's Morning Edition, Cecile Richards spoke about Friday's attack at a facility in Colorado Springs and about an "incredible escalation of harassment and intimidation" at clinics.

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When a Kid Kills His Longtime Abuser, Who's the Victim?

Vengeance, abuse, and the strange double standards of death penalty politics.

Marc Bookman | Mother Jones | Nov 2015
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First Officer Implicated In Freddie Gray's Death Goes On Trial In Baltimore

In the city, many residents want accountability from this trial. They're eager for convictions and some fear more unrest if that doesn't happen.

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Top Stories: World Climate Summit Opens; Turkey Firm On Russian Jet

Also: The suspect in the Colorado Planned Parenthood shooting will appear in court today; a huge winter storm will pummel the central U.S.; and it's Cyber Monday - a huge online shopping day.

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Turkey Says It Will Not Apologize For Downing Of Russian Jet

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said his country was defending its airspace. "Protection of Turkish airspace, Turkish borders is a national duty," Davutoglu said.

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The Refugee Dilemma

Why Nelson Kargbo, a child soldier given asylum in America, was sent back and what the U.S. owes those it takes in.

Rachel Aviv | New Yorker | Nov 2015
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Why Negotiators At Paris Climate Talks Are Tossing The Kyoto Model

The Kyoto Protocol of 1997 didn't slow down the gradual warming of the planet. Now governments meeting for a two-week summit are trying an a la carte approach.

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147 World Leaders Gather In Paris For U.N. Climate Conference

The conference is being billed as a last chance summit to save the planet. The goal is to come to a global agreement to limit greenhouse emissions in effort to curb climate change.

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University Of Chicago Cancels Monday Classes Over Threat Of Gun Violence

The FBI alerted the university that a threat of gun violence — at a specific time and location — had been made online, the school said in a statement. All events on the main campus are canceled.

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Kobe Bryant Announces Retirement (In The Form Of A Poem)

The five-time NBA champion, who has had a rough year on the court, says this season will be his last. In a poem on the Players' Tribune website, he writes, "My body knows it's time to say goodbye."

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#573: Status Update

Most of the time, the updates we share about our lives are small and inconsequential. This week, status updates that interrupt daily life. We hear two friends talk about how one of them has become rich and famous. And an entire town gets a status update on itself.

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An Iraq Vet And A Mother Of 2 Were Victims Of Planned Parenthood Shooting

Local media outlets are naming Ke'Arre Stewart, an Army veteran and father of two, and Jennifer Markovsky, a mother of two, as victims of the attack, which also killed police officer Garrett Swasey.

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