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8:49 am
Fri March 30, 2012

New Republic: The Winning Argument Verilli Forgot

Anti-abortion protesters pray outside the U.S. Supreme Court on the third day of oral arguements over the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on March 28, 2012 in Washington, D.C.
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Originally published on Fri March 30, 2012 7:45 am

Jeffrey Rosen is the legal affairs editor of The New Republic.

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Shots - Health Blog
8:49 am
Fri March 30, 2012

New York Bans 'Synthetic Marijuana'

A package of K2, a concoction of dried herbs sprayed with chemicals sometimes called synthetic marijuana. New York moved to ban a wide range of products like these this week.
Kelley McCall AP

Originally published on Fri March 30, 2012 8:29 am

There will be no more "Mr. Nice Guy" in New York. No more "K2," "Skunk" or "Zohai" either.

The New York State Health Department banned the sale of synthetic marijuana products like those on Thursday. So all kinds of wacky stuff that's made to get people high — but is often disguised as potpourri, incense or some mixture of herbs — is now verboten.

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The Fresh Air Interview
8:45 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Earl Scruggs: The 2003 Fresh Air Interview

Earl Scruggs onstage in 2007.
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Originally published on Thu March 29, 2012 11:06 am

Banjo player Earl Scruggs, who helped shape the sound of American bluegrass music, died Wednesday. He was 88 years old.

Scruggs' name is almost synonymous with the banjo — and for good reason. He helped pioneer bluegrass music with his three-finger style of banjo picking, a technique now known as "Scruggs style."

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Planet Money
8:43 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Canada Kills The Penny


Originally published on Fri March 30, 2012 8:39 am

Pennies cost more than a penny to make. So Canada has decided to get rid of them.

There is, of course, the inevitable social media protest, with die-hard fans mounting a campaign to #SaveThePenny.

But Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has called the penny "a nuisance," according to the Globe and Mail. Ditching the penny will save the government $11 million (Canadian) a year, the government estimates.

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The Two-Way
8:30 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Bin Laden Fathered 4 Children, Hid In 5 Safe Houses While On Run, Wife Says

During the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, a video showing the al-Qaida leader watching television was discovered.
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During nine years on the run in Pakistan, Osama bin Laden used at least five safe houses and fathered four children, the youngest of his three wives has told Pakistani investigators, according to The New York Times.

Amal Ahmad Abdul Fateh, now 30, married bin Laden in 2000.

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