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Unfortunate Acronym Forces Law School Name Change

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 6:27am

Days after adopting a name change, George Mason University had to rename its law school. The first attempt to honor the late Antonin Scalia was ridiculed online because of the resulting acronym.

Fans Want Patriots' Draft Pick Restored And Sue NFL To Make It Happen

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 4:34am

The NFL took away the Patriots' first-round draft pick as punishment for Deflategate. Fans say the team shouldn't be penalized while the case is on appeal.

Country Superstar Merle Haggard Dies At 79

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 4:09am

Country music legend Merle Haggard died on Wednesday — it was his 79th birthday. He'd been fighting various health problems for a long time, but he kept on performing and releasing new albums. Steve Inskeep looks back on his 2010 interview with Haggard.

Veterans Groups Fight Stigma Associated With Hepatitis C

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 4:09am

A growing number of veterans say the military gave them hepatitis C during the Vietnam War. They say the virus was spread through a jet injector gun, and the same gun was used on hundreds of soldiers.

Exit Polls: As A Block, Women Are Voting For Hillary Clinton

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 4:09am

Data from all the states that have conducted exit polls so far — shows that with the exception of New Hampshire, Vermont and Wisconsin — Hillary Clinton has won women everywhere. Even in states like Michigan and Oklahoma that Clinton lost to Bernie Sanders, she's won women. Gender is essentially her safety net, and women's votes could be crucial in a general election match-up against Donald Trump.

Sunni Arab States' Personnel Contribution To Anti-ISIS Coalition Lags

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 4:09am

Defense Secretary Ash Carter said two months ago he was confident that Saudi and the United Arab Emirates would provide commandos for the fight against ISIS.

UConn's Moriah Jefferson Accomplishes Goal Of 4 Straight Championships

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 4:09am

The University of Connecticut women's basketball team won big at the NCAA championship. Renee Montagne talks to star point guard Moriah Jefferson about the Huskies' record-setting championships.

Kisich Won't Drop Out; Believes He'll Succeed In A Contested Convention

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 4:09am

John Kasich is mathematically eliminated from getting a majority of delegates to get the GOP presidential nomination, but he polls well in a general election. Supporters hope he can get the nomination at a convention, but with each loss that becomes tougher.

Prominent Young Afghans Press For Change Through Intellectual Soldiering

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 4:09am

Afghanistan's national unity government is struggling to survive. It faces internal divisions, an ailing economy, waning international interest and a widening conflict with the Taliban. The worsening situation has triggered a mass exodus of young Afghans. Yet some are staying home, hoping to save their nation by pressing for change from within.

Mississippi's Religious Objections Law Sparks Backlash From Other States

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 4:09am

Renee Montagne talks with Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin about banning all non-essential travel to Mississippi to protest a new law that allows people to deny certain services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, if providing them goes against a person's sincerely held religious beliefs.

What Keeps Election Officials Up At Night? Fear Of Long Lines At The Polls

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 4:00am

Officials around the country are nervously planning ways to avoid long lines at the polls that have been seen already in Wisconsin and Arizona.

How To Fight Zika When Your Country Is In Trouble: Improvise

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 3:49am

Brazil's political and economic meltdown is creating challenges for doctors trying to get a handle on the outbreak of Zika.

A Radiologist And Poet Explains How He Sees The World In Patterns

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 3:47am

Amit Majmudar, Ohio's first Poet Laureate, spends his days looking for abnormalities in X-rays, CT scans and PET scans. He's given his latest poetry collection a provocative name: Dothead.

For Nontraditional Families, The Tax Code Can Be Especially Confusing

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 3:40am

Tax Day falls three days later than usual this year, on April 18. Some families may need that extra time. Experts say changing family demographics are making filing taxes more complicated.

Remains Of Korean War Soldier Reunite A Family

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 2:47am

Sixty-five years of not knowing what happened to Sgt. Robert Dakin — who was declared missing in action in 1950 — took a toll on generations of his family.

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