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Montana Senator Comes Under Fire For Plagiarism Allegations

Sen. John Walsh of Montana was appointed to his seat, and he's preparing to face voters for the first time. The Democrat's bid will be complicated by plagiarism allegations.

UNICEF Report On Female Genital Mutilation Holds Hope And Woe

The practice is on the decline in many countries. But the population boom in Africa and the Middle East will put millions of girls at risk unless more progress is made.

The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging

So much of the food we eat these days is encased in plastic. And behind it is a whole lot of research and innovation. We dive into some of the materials that keep food fresh and portable.

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Who Are The Kids Of The Migrant Crisis?

Many kids and teenagers leave Central America to avoid climbing levels of gang violence, extortion and drug trafficking. Sometimes, it's to find their families.

5 Things I Learned About TV's Future From The Critics Press Tour

From being mistaken for Randy Jackson to confronting network executives about diversity issues, TV critic Eric Deggans runs down highlights of the two-week blizzard of parties and press conferences.

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The Death Clerk, And Other Details Of Last-Minute Execution Appeals

An hour into Wednesday's botched execution in Arizona, an attorney for the inmate reached out to Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy seeking his intervention. How do such appeals work? And how often do they happen?

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Botched Ariz. Execution Renews Unease Over Lethal Injections

Activists against the death penalty are seizing on a botched execution in Arizona Wednesday. Witnesses say that death row inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood gasped for air, taking nearly two hours to die by lethal injection.

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Central American Leaders: Immigrant Children Are A Shared Problem

The presidents of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras are offering their take on the mounting numbers of unaccompanied children entering the U.S. from Central America. They're talking to reporters on the day before a meeting with President Obama.

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Missing Air Algerie Flight Appears To Have Crashed In Mali

According to Air Algerie, one of the airline's flights has likely crashed in the African country of Mali. The plane, which carried 116 passengers and crew, lost contact with authorities an hour after it took off.

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Palestinian Authority Faces A Fraught Path To Peace In Gaza

The war in Gaza is unfolding between Israel and Hamas, but the Palestinian Authority, based in the West Bank, is also involved in efforts to end the fighting. The Palestine Liberation Organization's diplomatic representative to the U.S., Maen Areikat, speaks with Robert Siegel about the causes of the conflict and the possible consequences of a cease-fire.

Week In The News: Kerry To Israel, Mixed Messages On Obamacare, MH 17 Investigation

July 25, 2014
Pallbearers carry a coffin out of a military transport plane during a ceremony to mark the return of the first bodies, of passengers and crew killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, from Ukraine at Eindhoven military air base, Eindhoven, Netherlands, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. (AP)

Secretary of State Kerry to Israel. Obamacare back in the courts. Mourning as remains of Malaysia Flight 17 victims come home. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Ex-Probation Commissioner Guilty of Rigged Hiring Scheme

July 24, 2014

Former Massachusetts Probation Commissioner John O’Brien was found guilty Thursday of several charges including federal racketeering and mail fraud in the lengthy trial accusing him and two other ex-employees of trading jobs for political favors.

Investigators Release Sketch In Missing N.H. Teen Case

July 24, 2014

The New Hampshire teen who vanished more than nine months ago on her way home from school has provided investigators with a description of the man she says drove her away from North Conway.

Former Probation Commissioner Guilty Of Racketeering, Mail Fraud

July 24, 2014
John O'Brien, former Massachusetts probation department commissioner, stands outside the Federal Courthouse in March 2012. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

John O’Brien’s former deputies, Elizabeth Tavares and William Burke, were also found guilty of some charges.

You Might Call This Story Sour Grapes

July 24, 2014
Wine fraud has existed as long as wine has been made, but Rudy Kurniawan is the first person to be tried and convicted for selling fake wine in the United States. (Alessio Maffeis/Flickr)

Rudy Kurniawan sold more than $35 million in “vintage” vinos in 2006. Now, he’s the first to be tried and convicted for wine fraud in the U.S.

Controversy Over Two-Hour Execution In Arizona

July 24, 2014
A fence surrounds the state prison in Florence, Ariz. Joseph Rudolph Wood was executed. (AP)

Some witnesses say Joseph Wood was gasping for air, while others say he was snoring. We speak to a reporter who was there.

Juvenile Prisons; Plus, Former Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton

July 24, 2014
Youths seen playing basketball through bars on a window at the Wisconsin Department of Corrections Ethan Allen School in Wales, Wis. (AP file)

The cold hard facts about juvenile prisons. And the case for shutting them all down. Plus: former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is with us.

Military Projectile Found On Cape Cod Beach

July 24, 2014

A military projectile possibly dating to the World War II era has been destroyed after it was found on a Wellfleet beach.

Jury Awards $14M In Death Of Nursing Home Resident

July 24, 2014

A Middlesex County jury has awarded $14 million to the family of a 90-year-old nursing home resident who died in 2008 after being taken to the hospital suffering from a variety of untreated ailments.

Vandals Topple Headstones At Auburn Cemetery

July 24, 2014

Police in Auburn are investigating after vandals toppled 19 headstones at a central Massachusetts Jewish cemetery.

ISIS Forces Christians To Flee Iraq City Of Mosul

July 23, 2014
An Iraqi security officer, stands guard outside the Church of the Virgin Mary in the northern town of Bartala, on June 15, 2012, east of the northern city of Mosul. (Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images)

The militant group’s threat — convert, leave or die — has forced most Christians in Mosul to leave.

Senators Propose Compromise On Rifle Permit Discretion For Police Chiefs

July 23, 2014

In an attempt to help broker a compromise on anti-gun violence legislation, six senators who voted to strip a controversial provision from the Senate’s bill regarding discretion for police chiefs to grant rifle and shotgun licenses have proposed an alternative that would restore “limited flexibility” for law enforcement in the bill.

Teacher Slaying Suspect In Court On Assault Charge

July 23, 2014

A Massachusetts teenager charged with killing his teacher is scheduled to appear in court on unrelated charges that he assaulted a worker at a youth detention facility.

Cambridge Man Arrested On Gun, Drug Charges

July 22, 2014

The weapon 21-year-old Stephen Silva is accused of possessing is the same type of weapon authorities have said was used to kill MIT Police Officer Sean Collier.

Gun Safety Activists Rally At State House

July 22, 2014

Police chiefs and gun safety activists are pressing Massachusetts lawmakers to give the chiefs discretion over issuing firearms identification cards needed to buy rifles or shotguns.

Hernandez Lawyer: Pats Records Dispute Resolved

July 22, 2014

A lawyer for Aaron Hernandez says a dispute over records the defense had sought from the New England Patriots has been resolved, though it’s unclear whether the documents were turned over.

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