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Thu September 29, 2011
The Two-Way

Reports: Saudi King Cancels Lashing Sentence Against Woman Who Drove

Originally published on Thu September 29, 2011 5:02 am

A Saudi woman fastens her seat belt before driving in Jeddah, western Saudi Arabia.
Michael Bou-Nacklie Michael Bou-Nacklie

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has cancelled a sentence to flog a woman for defying the country's ban on women driving, according to multiple reports in news outlets including Al Arabiya television and Forbes.

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2:56am

Thu September 29, 2011
National Security

Unit's Autonomy May Be Why FBI Missed Bias

The first inkling that something was amiss in the counterterrorism training given to local and federal law enforcement came in March. That's when NPR reported on the cottage industry of independent counterterrorism trainers who signed up to teach local and federal law enforcement officials about terrorism.

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2:55am

Thu September 29, 2011
Law

'Underwear Bomber' Set To Act As His Own Lawyer

An undated photo of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab posing in London.
Mike Rimmer AFP/Getty Images

When prospective jurors file into a Detroit courthouse next week for the start of a major terrorism trial, all eyes will be on the defendant, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. The young man from Nigeria may be best known for allegedly trying to detonate explosives hidden in his underwear on a Northwest Airlines flight on Christmas Day 2009. Lately, his decision to fire his lawyers and defend himself is putting him back in the spotlight all over again.

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2:54am

Thu September 29, 2011
Law

Violent Attacks On Transgender People Raise Alarm

Earline Budd, a transgender advocate, speaks to a D.C. police officer about a spate of attacks in Washington, D.C.
Photo by Dakota Fine

A series of shootings and violent attacks put Washington, D.C.'s transgender community on edge this summer. Police hesitate to call the attacks hate crimes, but they've stepped up their patrols. Still, the transgender community is demanding more action.

It's 2 o'clock in the afternoon on Dix Street in northeast Washington. The neighborhood is a popular gathering place for transgender women, but tensions arose when Lashai Mclean, 23, was murdered here in late July.

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2:45am

Thu September 29, 2011
Life In Retirement: The Not-So-Golden Years

'Retirement Heist': How Firms Trimmed Pensions

Originally published on Thu September 29, 2011 10:03 am

As companies have been moving away from traditional pension plans, they have been shifting employees to new retirement plans, such as 401(k)s, that transfer the cost — and the risk — to workers.

Companies have claimed for years that old-style pensions were unsustainable. Author Ellen Schultz tells Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep that there's another explanation.

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