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Former Iowa Lawmaker Admits To Getting Payoff Before 2012 Caucuses

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

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'

Some governments recently said that agricultural investments should supply "culturally acceptable food." Now they're trying to define what that is.

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Freemasonry Still Alive And Well, And (Mostly) Men-Only

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.

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Life After Ice Buckets: ALS Group Faces $94 Million Challenge

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?

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Before Leaving Afghanistan, U.S. Troops Must Declutter

American troops are scheduled to withdraw from Afghanistan by year's end. So the military is sifting through 13 years of accumulated stuff to see what will be scrapped, given away or sent home.

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As BK Takes Tim Hortons, Canadians Stay Loyal To Their National Icon

The takeover of Canada's Tim Hortons by Burger King is causing quite the stir in the great white north. Melissa Block talks with Ian Hardy, editor-in-chief of Inside Timmies, a fan site devoted to Tim Hortons, about the Canadian existential crisis over one of the country's cultural icons being taken over by an American corporation.

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Mapping Out The End Days Of The Midterm Campaign

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.

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When Do Food Shortages Become A Famine? There's A Formula For That

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.

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Chicago Greets Little League National Champs As Returning Heroes

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.

The State Of America's Wine Industry

August 28, 2014
Some of the hundreds of earthquake damaged wine barrels cover and toppled a pair of forklifts at the Kieu Hoang Winery, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Napa, Calif. A powerful earthquake that struck the heart of California's wine country caught many people sound asleep, sending dressers, mirrors and pictures crashing down around them and toppling wine bottles in vineyards around the region. (AP)

Drought in California, earthquake in Napa. We look at broken bottles and the health of the American wine industry.

Legacy And Lessons From Ferguson

August 28, 2014
Photos surround the casket of Michael Brown before the start of his funeral at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014.  (AP)

The message that will last out of Ferguson with New Yorker writer Jelani Cobb.

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August 27, 2014

From Forest Swords to Holy Ghost!

Littlefield On Sports: Mankin Leaves Patriots, Jones Joins The Revolution

August 27, 2014
New England Patriots guard Logan Mankins (70) takes on New York Giants outside linebacker Michael Boley in 2011. (Winslow Townson/AP)

Bill Littlefield sizes up the New England sports landscape, following the trade of New England Patriots’ Logan Mankins and the Revolution’s acquisition of World Cup star Jermaine Jones.

Journalist Peter Theo Curtis Grateful For Those Who Worked For His Release

August 27, 2014
Peter Theo Curtis talks with reporters outside his mother's home in Cambridge, Mass. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Curtis made his first public comments Wednesday morning, just three days after he was released by Syria’s Al-Nusra Front.

Should We Decriminalize Heroin? Former Detective Lieutenant Says ‘Yes’

August 27, 2014
A Cleveland police officer looks over bags of heroin at a news conference in Cleveland. (Amy Sancetta/AP)

A former police officer says our prohibition of heroin and the greater “War on Drugs” aren’t working.

‘Exoskeleton’ Lets Some Paraplegics Walk Again

August 27, 2014
Gene Laureano, a 51-year-old Army veteran from the Bronx, uses the ReWalk exoskeleton. (Sacha Pfeiffer/WBUR)

ReWalk Robotics has built a motorized exoskeleton that gives some people with debilitating spinal injuries the ability to walk.

Mass. Political Roundup: Sparks Fly In Attorney General Race; Tierney Looks Past Primary

August 27, 2014

Bay state political pundits have been complaining about the relatively sleepy nature of the Massachusetts gubernatorial race. But, there is a contest to get the blood going: the primary battle for attorney general.

Why This Gaza Ceasefire Is Holding

August 27, 2014
Palestinians wave Hamas flags as they celebrate in Gaza City on August 27, 2014, during a rally following a deal hailed by Israel and the Islamist movement as 'victory' in the 50-day war. (Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images)

Veteran Middle East negotiator Aaron David Miller says “the odds favor traction for this ceasefire unlike all the others.”

Snapchat Reportedly Valued At $10 Billion

August 27, 2014
Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel poses for a photo in Los Angeles, Oct. 24, 2013. (Jae C. Hong/AP)

The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson explains why the photo messaging app is valued so high, even though it has very little revenue.

Former Vatican Ambassador Accused Of Child Sexual Abuse

August 27, 2014
The Vatican's envoy to the Dominican Republic, Jozef Wesolowski, is pictured on August 12, 2011, in Santo Domingo. (Erika Santelices/AFP/Getty Images)

Jozef Wesolowski, the Vatican’s former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, could face criminal charges outside the Holy See.

Veteran Honored, But Struggles To Keep Business Open

August 27, 2014
Matt Victoriano stands in front of his cafe/bar Intrepid Life Coffee & Spirits. (Robin Young/Here & Now)

Former Marine Matt Victoriano is being recognized as a “Champion of Change” at the White House.

What We Know About The Americans Fighting In Syria

August 27, 2014
This March 23, 2008 photo provided by the Hennepin County, Minn. Sheriff's Office shows Douglas McAuthur McCain. (Hennepin County, Minn. Sheriff's Office via AP)

Douglas McAuthur McCain, who was killed over the weekend, was believed to be fighting alongside Islamic State militants.

In Defense Of Schlock Music: Why We Love/Hate It

August 27, 2014
Steve Perry was lead singer of Journey during its most successful periods, including the song "Don't Stop Believin'." He's pictured here onstage in New York in 1979. (Ebet Roberts/Redferns)

Music critic Jody Rosen defends the kind of over-the-top, sentimental songs that Journey, Lionel Richie, Billy Joel and Prince made famous.

Kurds Make Some Gains In Fight Against ISIS In Iraq

August 27, 2014
Kurdish Peshmerga forces quietly celebrate in Baqarta after driving Islamic militants out of villages to the northeast of the Iraqi capital Baghdad. (Screenshot from Jim Muir's BBC video report)

Peshmerga forces have driven the Islamic State militants out of villages to the northeast of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

Reporters Say Questions About Police Corruption Led Them Back To The Newsroom

August 27, 2014

The Philadelphia Inquirer says it dug up damaging evidence against reporters at its sister newspaper the Daily News.

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