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Barbour Defends Pardons

Governor Haley Barbour is defending his decision to pardon hundreds of Mississippians was well as its constitutionality.

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The Spectacle Of The Beheading: A Grisly Act With A Long History

Videos and other images of beheadings have appeared with increasing frequency in recent weeks. Dawn Perlmutter, director of the Symbol Intelligence Group, discusses the symbolism of this grim ritual.

NFL Commissioner On Controversial Suspension: 'I Didn't Get It Right'

Robert Siegel talks with ESPN sportswriter Jane McManus about the NFL's new domestic violence initiative under its personal conduct policy. The plan comes the league leveled what some called a lenient penalty for running back Ray Rice's alleged domestic abuse.

Residents Join Soldiers In Shoring Up Defenses Of Key Ukrainian Port

In Ukraine, civilian volunteers are digging trenches outside the port city of Mariupol in an effort to defend their city from assault by separatist forces.

The Co-Discoverer Of Ebola Never Imagined An Outbreak Like This

In 1976, scientist Peter Piot was part of the team that discovered the Ebola virus. The epidemic today in West Africa, he says, is "absolutely unexpected and unprecedented."

Holiday Gas Prices Lowest In Four Years

The national average for regular is $3.45 per gallon, down from an all-time high of $3.83 per gallon over the Labor Day 2012 holiday.