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12:58 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

In Pakistan Death Row Case, A Rare Glimmer Of Hope

At the jail where she was held in 2010 after being sentenced to death for blasphemy, Asia Bibi affixed her thumbprint as signature on a mercy petition to Punjab's provincial governor, Salman Taseer, at right. Taseer had expressed support for Bibi and was assassinated two months later.
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Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 1:29 pm

Pakistan's Supreme Court has stayed the execution of Asia Bibi, a 50-year-old Pakistani mother of five who was sentenced to death by hanging for insulting Islam. On Wednesday, the court agreed to hear her appeal.

Bibi's death sentence was handed down by a lower court in 2010 for committing "blasphemy."

The BBC quotes her lawyer telling reporters outside the Supreme Court: "The execution of Asia Bibi has been suspended and will remain suspended until the decision of this appeal."

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The Two-Way
11:50 am
Wed July 22, 2015

Sting Videos Part Of Longtime Campaign Against Planned Parenthood

The young man behind two undercover videos targeting Planned Parenthood seemed to come out of nowhere. No one had heard of David Daleiden, or his non-profit, the Center for Medical Progress, when he first accused the health care provider of illegally selling aborted fetal baby parts last week.

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Music Reviews
11:29 am
Wed July 22, 2015

Reissue Of Thelonious Monk's 'Riverside Recordings' Shows A Star On The Rise

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The Salt
11:23 am
Wed July 22, 2015

How An 11-Year-Old Boy Invented The Popsicle

A vintage ad for Popsicle
The National Archives

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 1:29 pm

The next time you pop a Popsicle in your mouth, think about this: You're enjoying the fruits of an 11-year-old entrepreneur's labor.

Back in 1905, a San Francisco Bay Area kid by the name of Frank Epperson accidentally invented the summertime treat. He had mixed some sugary soda powder with water and left it out overnight. It was a cold night, and the mixture froze. In the morning, Epperson devoured the icy concoction, licking it off the wooden stirrer. He declared it an Epsicle, a portmanteau of icicle and his name, and started selling the treat around his neighborhood.

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Shots - Health News
11:04 am
Wed July 22, 2015

Intensive End-Of-Life Care On The Rise For Cancer Patients

Maximum care at the end of life for cancer patients has increased.
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Conversations about end-of-life care are difficult. But even though most people now take some steps to communicate their wishes, many may still receive more intensive care than they would have wished, a study published in July found.

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The Two-Way
10:56 am
Wed July 22, 2015

FBI Says It's Too Early To Tell If Chattanooga Shooter Was Radicalized

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 1:26 pm

The FBI says it's too early to tell whether Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez was radicalized before he attacked two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tenn., and killed five service members.

"This is a complex, ongoing investigation, and we're still in the early stages of piecing together exactly what happened and why," FBI Special Agent in Charge Ed Reinhold said Wednesday at a news conference.

Reinhold said between 700 and 1,000 agents are working full time on the investigation into what led the Kuwaiti-born Abdulazeez, 24, to carry out last week's attacks.

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The Two-Way
9:44 am
Wed July 22, 2015

Charleston Shooting Suspect Roof Could Face Death Penalty Over Federal Charges

Dylann Roof, seen here at a recent court hearing in Charleston, S.C., will face federal hate crime charges over a mass shooting that police say he carried out at a black church.
Grace Beahm AP

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 1:46 pm

Dylann Roof, who police say carried out a ruthless attack that killed nine black worshippers in a Charleston, S.C., church, is now facing federal hate crime charges along with more than a dozen other serious charges he's already accused of.

"Hate crimes are the original domestic terrorism," Attorney General Loretta Lynch says.

The 33 counts center on both the victims' race and their identity as church-goers who were attempting to follow their religious beliefs when Roof attacked.

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Shots - Health News
9:18 am
Wed July 22, 2015

Health Effects Of Transitioning In Teen Years Remain Unknown

Most transgender adolescents go through the same steps during the medical transition from one gender to another. They're given a drug that blocks or pauses puberty. Then, if they and their doctors are sure they want to continue, they are given sex hormones that will resume puberty and give them more male or more female bodies.

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The Two-Way
7:58 am
Wed July 22, 2015

Marijuana Growers Hit A Snag: Toxic Pesticides

Its legal status and wide range of uses make marijuana a tough plant to regulate — or even to advise farmers about. Here, young marijuana plants are seen at a growing facility.
Elaine Thompson AP

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 8:27 am

Farmers who grow marijuana for Colorado's legal market are running into problems as they try to control mildew and pests. Because of the plant's illegal status at the federal level, a main source of agricultural guidance isn't available to pot farmers.

Attempts to regulate marijuana production often hit another problem, as the plant's wide range of uses sets it apart from many traditional food crops.

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The Two-Way
7:14 am
Wed July 22, 2015

Archie Comics Cartoonist Tom Moore Dies At 86

Cartoonist Tom Moore brought the character of Archie and his teenage friends to life for decades. Moore died Monday in Texas at the age of 86.
AP

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 10:55 am

Artist Tom Moore, who gave life to the teen angst of Archie and his Riverdale pals from 1953 to the late 1980s, has died of lung cancer in El Paso, Texas.

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