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April 16, 2014 | NPR · Schoolgirls were kidnapped in Nigeria Tuesday. The suspects are believed to be with a radical group blamed for a bombing Monday. Kelly McEvers talks to Michelle Faul of The Associated Press.
 
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April 16, 2014 | NPR · A year after the Boston Marathon bombing, Heather Abbott has adapted to life with her prostheses, including a blade for running and one that allows her to wear her favorite shoes.
 

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April 15, 2014 | NPR · One year has passed since bombs rocked the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The city honored victims of the tragedy Tuesday with a tribute, including speeches from three of the victims themselves.
 
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April 15, 2014 | WBUR · At last year's Boston Marathon, Carol Downing was just half a mile from the finish line when bombs exploded and injured two of her daughters. This year, she's returning to complete the race.
 
April 15, 2014 | NPR · Each April, the shad come back to the Delaware River to spawn, and thousands of anglers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania eagerly await them. Celebrating their annual return is a local spring tradition.
 

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April 12, 2014 | NPR · As pro-Russia demonstrators continue their tense standoff in Eastern Ukraine, police are conspicuously absent from city streets.
 

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April 13, 2014 | NPR · As the anniversary of last year's marathon bombing approaches, NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with correspondent Carrie Johnson about the investigation and legal wrangling yet to come.
 

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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta

Feb 17, 2013 — To get the Distinguished Warfare Medal, no valor or bodily harm is necessary. But even safely away from combat, drone operators and cyber hackers can have a major impact on military operations. Until now, there hasn't been an award for those contributions.
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Dec 14, 2012 — Germany and the Netherlands are also sending such defense systems, which are being put in place to defend against possible missile firings from Syria. The move ramps up the U.S. role in guarding against a widening of the crisis.
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Oct 12, 2012 — The defense secretary delivered a speech he said was a "clarion call" for Americans to take cyber threats seriously.
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Mar 15, 2012 — The Army staff sergeant who allegedly killed 16 civilians has been moved to a detention facility in Kuwait. Meanwhile, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta continues his visit to Afghanistan. And the Taliban says it is supspending talks with the U.S.
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Mar 14, 2012 — At Camp Leatherneck in southern Afghanistan, the defense secretary urged troops to not be deterred from their mission and continue "to make life difficult" for the Taliban and al-Qaida. He'll try to repair relations frayed by recent incidents.
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Sep 22, 2011 — The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says the Pakistani government "actively and passively" supports groups that have been behind attacks in Afghanistan.
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