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The Magna Carta has a big birthday coming up. That document, establishing the foundation of the modern judicial system, will turn 800 years old on Monday.

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Shortly before he was put to death, Aftab Bahadur wrote an essay. He spoke of his alienation and loneliness, of the comfort he found in art and poetry, and of the anguish of awaiting execution on death row in Pakistan.

"I doubt there is anything more dreadful than being told that you are going to die, and then sitting in a prison cell just waiting for that moment," he said, according to a text translated from Urdu and released by Reprieve, a human rights group based in Britain.

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Therapy Dog Loses License Over Costume

Jun 10, 2015
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A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a controversial state law requiring nearly all Texas facilities that perform abortions to operate like hospital-style surgical centers.

If the ruling stands, abortion providers say another dozen could close in the next few weeks. They say that would leave nearly a million women at least 150 miles from the nearest abortion provider.

Since the law first passed in 2013, about half the state's 40 clinics have shut down.

Bird Flu Forces 4-H Fair To Get Creative

Jun 9, 2015
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It turns out classroom training in this country has been given a boost by "Sesame Street." A new study shows that the PBS program leads to long-lasting academic gains similar to those of preschool. NPR's Will Huntsberry reports.

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Now to some news about how you get your music. Apple has jumped into the streaming music business. It announced the new service, Apple Music, at its developers conference yesterday in San Francisco. And as NPR's Laura Sydell reports, DJs may be key to its success.

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The women's World Cup isn't the only thing premiering from FIFA. There's also a feature film that opened in the U.S. on Friday - a $30 million drama called "United Passions."

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Politics In The News: Obama At G7 Summit

Jun 8, 2015
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Broadway has been having a boom. The past year has brought record attendance and the best ticket sales ever. That provided a nice backdrop for the Tony Awards last night. Reporter Jeff Lunden brings us all the big winners.

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