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This fall, voters in California may get to weigh in on two very different ballot measures on capital punishment — one to ban the death penalty and another to expedite executions. California still sentences convicted murderers to death, but there hasn't been an execution there since 2006. That's when a federal judge suspended capital punishment. On a rare tour of San Quentin State Prison, NPR found death row inmates stuck in high security limbo.
Pope Francis and the Russian Orthodox patriarch met in Havana, Cuba, on Friday. It's the first time a pope has met with a Russian patriarch since eastern and western Christianity diverged in the 11th century and have since evolved somewhat independent of each other.
Crews are working to permanently plug the methane gas leak that has forced hundreds from their homes in the Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles. Southern California Gas Company says the leak was temporarily fixed Thursday, after nearly four months of spewing methane into the air.
NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Brian Katulis, a senior fellow for Middle East policy at the Center for American Progress, about negotiations for helping civilians caught up in the violence in Syria. He says Russia has in effect created a no-fly zone for themselves there, which has made it almost impossible to do anything without Russia's cooperation.