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Sun August 21, 2011

Strauss-Kahn Case A Big Test For Manhattan D.A.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. leaves court after a bail hearing was held for Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
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The next few days may tell us a lot about the case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn. The former International Monetary Fund chief is due back in court on Tuesday, and prosecutors in New York are weighing whether to go forward in spite of big questions about the credibility of Strauss-Kahn's accuser.

The man who will make that call is Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. It may be the hardest decision he's faced since taking office 20 months ago.

The Path Back To NYC

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Sun August 21, 2011
Around the Nation

New Policy Gives Hope To Some Facing Deportation

The Obama administration on Thursday said it would review the deportation cases of 300,000 illegal immigrants.

The policy might make a difference to thousands of undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children because the administration wants to put high priority on removing convicted criminals, and low priority on cases that involve people who pose no security threat.

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Sat August 20, 2011

Libyan Rebels Say They've Launched Attack On Tripoli

Tens of thousands of Libyans celebrate what the rebels claim to be the first uprising in Tripoli against the Gadhafi's regime on Sunday at freedom square in Benghazi, Libya.
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Heavy two-way gunfire and mortar rounds have been heard in Tripoli, as rebels inch closer to the Libyan capital from the western mountains.

In the west, rebels control the road leading to the border with Tunisia. To the east, they control Misrata and Zlitan. Since taking the city of Gheryan, rebel forces have cut off the road from the south.

"Tripoli is essentially being strangled," says NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro.

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Sat August 20, 2011

Dealing With Hard Times The American Way: In Song

The arc of American culture can be found in the nation's music. Author Tom Piazza shares that story in his new collection of essays, called Devil Sent the Rain: Music and Writing in Desperate America.

Piazza starts with a meditation on the blues.

"Within that musical form, you'll find a series of strategies for dealing with, I guess you could say, hard times," he tells Weekend Edition guest host John Ydstie.

Often the lyrics focus on the hard times, Piazza says, but the music underneath the lyrics "is anything but downhearted."

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Sat August 20, 2011
Sunday Puzzle

Lest We Forget

On-Air Challenge: Every word is a compound word, or a familiar two-word phrase or name, with the consecutive letters L — E — S — T. Specifically, the first word ends in L-E and second part starts with S-T. For example, "activity in a seminary." The answer would be "BibLE STudy."

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