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As court fees rise, the poor are paying the price

NPR takes a look at the disparity in sentencing between those who can pay court fees and those who can't.

Chinese military unit charged with cyber-espionage against U.S. firms

The federal government is accusing Chinese government employees of conspiring to steal trade secrets from some of western Pennsylvania’s biggest companies.

Glass ceilings in statehouses in the Northeast

Will the Democratic Party break its pattern by electing a female governor in Pennsylvania?

Americans frequently lie about church attendance, study says

Something else to confess: Ironically enough, Americans tend to embellish the truth about their religious habits.

Pain and gain: An Alabama clinic stands out amid data on Medicare payments

For the first time, newly released 2012 Medicare data has identified the costs associated with specific doctors performing procedures or administering drugs. Nationwide, about $4 out of the $299 in total drug treatments by doctors per Medicare beneficiary is spent on unclassified drug injections. In Huntsville, Ala., the amount spent is $152 per enrollee — 38 times the national average — out of $766 in total drug treatments.

Earthquake swarm causes concerns over Oklahoma oil and gas drilling

In the first four months of 2014, Oklahoma was rattled by 145 earthquakes with magnitudes higher than 3.0 on the Richter Scale. From 1978 to 1999, the state averaged fewer than two such earthquakes per year. Disposal wells are “a likely contributing factor" to the earthquakes, according to the U.S. Geological Survey and the Oklahoma Geological Survey.

A battle is looming over renewable energy, and fossil fuel interests are losing

Could the growing political clout of renewable-energy interests block legislators' efforts? 

Report calls for death penalty fixes

After the botched Oklahoma execution, a new report recommends better legal representation for defendants in capital cases and reforms to the appeals process.

Public schools are required to accept immigrants — but they keep finding ways not to

Some school districts keep immigrant children out of their schools by asking for parents' Social Security numbers or visa status.

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