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McDonald's Responsible For Treatment Of Workers, Agency Says

The National Labor Relations Board has found that McDonald's shares responsibility for working conditions at its franchised restaurants. The company will fight the ruling.


Court Rejects Law Threatening Mississippi's Last Abortion Clinic

A federal appellate court rejected arguments that women could seek abortions outside the state, saying no state can farm its constitutional duties out to its neighbors.


Y'all Keep Talking: Lab Scratches 'Southern Accent Reduction' Course

Having offended its own staff, Oak Ridge National Laboratory has canceled a course intended to help employees "speak with a more neutral American accent."


White House Widens Scope Of Russian Sanctions To Finance And Defense

The Obama administration is slapping stronger sanctions on Russia. The sanctions — which target key sectors of the Russian economy, including finance and defense — come as a response to Moscow's alleged involvement in Ukraine. The move comes on the same day that the European Union announced sanctions of its own.


Forget Tea Pot Dome: Harding's Love Letters Make For A New Steamy Scandal

The Library of Congress has released the rather racy love letters that former President Warren G. Harding sent to his mistress, Carrie Fulton Phillips.


The Great Blue Hope: Michelle Nunn Tries The Improbable In Ga.

Georgia hasn't elected a Democrat to statewide office for over a decade, but Senate candidate Michelle Nunn is the most viable hope the party's had in a long time.


Coaches Help Released Inmates Step From The Cell Into A Job

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Labor Secretary Tom Perez are traveling to Montgomery County, Md., to highlight workforce training for inmates about to leave prisons and jails. They plan to replicate the county's program around the U.S. by giving federal grant money.


Former Va. Gov. McDonnell's Trial Opens With Claims Of 'Poisoned' Marriage

The public corruption trial is now underway for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. In dramatic opening arguments, lawyers described the McDonnells' marriage as a shambles. For more on the trial's start, Ari Shapiro turns to Jeff Schapiro, who is covering it for the Richmond Times-Dispatch.


Leahy Aims To Patch Loopholes With A Revamp Of NSA's Data Collection

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy is introducing a bill to overhaul the way the National Security Agency collects telephone data under the Patriot Act.


White House Accuses Moscow Of Violating Landmark Arms Control Deal

The Obama administration is accusing Russia of testing a banned cruise missile, thus violating a long-standing treaty that helped put an end to the Cold War. To learn more about the situation, Audie Cornish speaks with Steven Pifer, the director of the Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative at the Brookings Institution.


Welcome To The Nuclear Command Bunker

A small cadre of officers is responsible for keeping America's nukes on alert 24/7. Here's a peek into their world, and what it takes to do the job.


Jury Awards Former Gov. Ventura Nearly $2 Million In Defamation Case

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura said his reputation had been damaged by an account of a fight in a book. In a split verdict, a federal jury agreed with him.


U.S. Court Orders Seizure Of $100 Million Kurdish Oil Shipment

A tanker carrying 1 million barrels of oil from the Kurdistan region of Iraq was cleared by the U.S. Coast Guard to unload, but a judge has agreed with Iraq's government that the oil belongs to them.


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    Sacramento’s Music Circus is reviving the classic musical “South Pacific,” a show that despite its age remains popular with audiences. This old favorite endures in part because it offers a fascinating confluence of musical styles.

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