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  • 10:26pm Jul 03, 2013
    National National

    American Soldier Pleads Guilty In Afghan Massacre

    Army Sgt. Robert Bales pleaded guilty Wednesday to killing 16 Afghan civilians in a nighttime massacre. Audie Cornish talks with NPR's Martin Kaste, who listened to Sgt. Bales recount the killings at a military court hearing in Washington state. Bales has struck a deal with prosecutors that will spare him the death penalty.
  • Kyle Fronke inventories the wine in Kahn's Fine Wines and Spirits in Indianapolis last year. Only liquor stores in the state can sell cold beer, and on Sunday, practically all carry out alcohol sales are prohibited.
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    9:52am Jul 03, 2013
    National National

    Guess Who's Fighting To Keep Indiana Dry On Sundays?

    Indiana is the only state where you can't buy packaged beer, wine and liquor on Sundays and the only state that regulates alcohol sales based on temperature. Convenience stores want to change the laws, but the state's liquor stores — who would seem to have the most to gain — are fighting back.
  • 8:12pm Jul 02, 2013
    National National Politics & Government

    After DOMA Ruling, Government Scrambles To Adjust

    After the Supreme Court ruling overturning the Defense of Marriage Act, President Obama ordered federal agencies to revise their rules regarding benefits for same-sex spouses. But that will be simpler for some federal agencies than others.
  • Participants in the Becoming a Man (BAM) program gather for a session in the gym at Little Village Academy in Chicago. BAM focuses on mentoring at-risk boys to prevent them from turning to violent crime.
    Photos by David Gilkey / NPR
    10:30am Jul 02, 2013
    National National Science Health & Safety

    Therapy Helps Troubled Teens Rethink Crime

    Many violent crimes are hastily planned and poorly considered, researchers at the University of Chicago's Crime Lab find. Training troubled teens to slow down and put a more benign spin on what they imagine the other guy is thinking significantly reduced the kids' likelihood of committing a crime.
  • Families soon will be able to sign up for new health insurance options through the Affordable Care Act. In Washington, D.C., Dr. Cheryl Focht of Mary's Center performs a checkup of Jayson Gonzalez, 16, while his mother, Elizabeth Lopez, looks on.
    Heather Rousseau / NPR
    10:25am Jul 02, 2013
    National National Health & Safety

    You Ask, We Answer: Demystifying The Affordable Care Act

    Think buying health insurance through the Affordable Care Act will be confusing? You're not alone. NPR listeners asked questions that have been bugging them about state insurance exchanges and other new options. NPR health policy correspondent Julie Rovner explains how it's going to work.
  • 8:36am Jul 02, 2013
    National National Politics & Government

    Texas Democrats See Opportunity In Changing Demographics

    For most of the 20th century, Democrats were the only game in town when it came to Texas politics. But that changed and Republicans have been in charge for decades. For Democrats to return to power, they'll have to hold together a coalition of minority voters.
  • Between 3,000 and 4,000 people die each year in large truck and bus crashes. New rules that go into effect Monday aim to reduce those numbers.
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    11:51am Jul 01, 2013
    National National

    New Rules Put Brakes On Truck Drivers' Schedules

    Department of Transportation statistics show that between 3,000 and 4,000 people die annually in large truck and bus crashes in America. Starting July 1, new regulations limiting the hours commercial vehicle drivers can be on the road will be enforced.
  • 10:57am Jul 01, 2013
    National National Economy

    Alabama County Files Plan To Exit Bankruptcy

    Creditors are going to lose up to 70 cents of every dollar they're owed by Jefferson County, Ala. The county earned the title of largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history after a sewer financing deal went awry.