3:00pm

Mon January 23, 2012
Iraq

In Iraqi Killings Case, Marine Takes Plea Deal

A plea deal has been reached in the court martial case of Marine Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich. He was the last person facing charges in the killings of 24 Iraqis at the village of Haditha in 2005. Monday, he admitted to one charge of dereliction of duty. The case became a touchstone for criticism of the Iraq war. Originally, several Marines were charged with murder in the case. But the Marines who killed the Iraqi civilians that day claimed that their actions were tragic — but legal under the official rules of engagement in a complex war fought in and among the people.

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3:00pm

Mon January 23, 2012
National Security

CIA Officer Charged With Leaking Information

Originally published on Mon January 23, 2012 6:35 pm

Former CIA officer John Kiriakou leaves federal court in Alexandria, Va., on Monday.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

A former CIA officer was charged on Monday with leaking secrets to reporters — and then lying about it.

The Justice Department has accused John Kiriakou of violating the Espionage Act by outing his colleagues and passing sensitive details about counterterrorism operations to reporters for The New York Times and other media outlets.

Kiriakou, 47, of Arlington, Va., appeared in federal court in Virginia on Monday, where he was released after posting a $250,000 bond.

The Reluctant Spy

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3:00pm

Mon January 23, 2012
Presidential Race

GOP Candidates Prepare To Debate In Fla.

NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson joins Melissa Block from Florida to discuss Monday night's Republican presidential debate.

3:00pm

Mon January 23, 2012
Environment

Extreme Weather Rips Through The South

Originally published on Mon January 23, 2012 6:25 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

The South is cleaning up from yet another round of devastating tornadoes. The storms started first in Arkansas, then brought baseball-sized hail, heavy wind and lightning to parts of Tennessee and Mississippi. But it was Alabama that saw the worst of it. At least two people died with 100 more injured.

As NPR's Russell Lewis reports, the overnight storms hit communities still struggling to recover from a series of devastating tornadoes last year.

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2:35pm

Mon January 23, 2012
State Capitol

Higher Drop-Out Ages Likely

After years of trying, a proposal to raise Kentucky’s school dropout age could be on track to becoming law. The measure is a key part of Governor Steve Beshear’s legislative agenda. But every year it has died in the state Senate as critics say the bill isn’t enough to help uninterested students.

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2:34pm

Mon January 23, 2012
Afghanistan

In Battle For Hearts And Minds, Taliban Turn To CDs

When the Taliban controlled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001, their hard-line policies included a ban on music tapes and videos.

Yet now, the Taliban are producing their own CDs in an attempt to win the hearts and minds of Afghans.

In bustling downtown Kabul, Mustafa, 22, works in an electronics store selling music CDs to 20-something customers.

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2:28pm

Mon January 23, 2012
It's All Politics

Candidates' Stance On Immigration Scrutinized Ahead Of Florida Primary

Originally published on Tue January 24, 2012 6:44 am

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney campaigns in Tampa, Fla., on Monday.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

The issue of immigration, which barely simmered during the first three Republican presidential contests, could reach a boil now that the candidates have arrived in Florida for the state's Jan. 31 primary.

Florida, with its large and influential Latino population, provides the earliest gauge of the difficulty facing any eventual GOP nominee in courting Hispanic voters, who increasingly view Republicans' rhetoric about immigration as anti-Hispanic.

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2:21pm

Mon January 23, 2012
The Two-Way

A Year After The Shooting, Giffords Completes Unfinished Business

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords hugs Daniel Hernandez, the former intern who helped save her life.
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Life came full circle for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords today. A little more than a year after she was shot in the head at a community meet-and-greet she organized, she met with others who survived the rampage.

At her office in Tucson, the Arizona congresswoman met with Daniel Hernandez, her former intern who is credited with helping to save her life by containing her bleeding.

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2:19pm

Mon January 23, 2012
National Security

In Afghan War, U.S. Prepares To Redefine The Mission

Originally published on Tue January 24, 2012 8:03 am

The U.S. military wants Afghan troops to begin taking the lead role in combat operations. Here, Afghan cadets who are joining the army are shown at their graduation ceremony on Dec. 18 in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif.
Qais Usyan AFP/Getty Images

American commanders in Afghanistan are preparing for a major shift in their mission this year.

U.S. troops are expected to move away from their lead role in combat operations in most areas. Instead, they'll advise Afghan forces to take the lead in both operations and security duties throughout much of Afghanistan.

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1:03pm

Mon January 23, 2012
The Two-Way

Jewel (The Bear) Gives Birth To (At Least) Two Cubs

Here's your dose of cute for the day: Jewel, the black bear from Ely, Minn., gave birth to at least two cubs Sunday morning.

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