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Justice Department officials say Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson illegally targeted Latino drivers and detained people without probable cause. Johnson's attorneys say the charges are baseless.
Steve Inskeep talks to Harvard professor Noel Maurer about the Panama Canal which opened 100 years ago. One of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, it connected the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has agreed to step down. Maliki said he is not seeking a post in the new government and that he supports the nomination of Haider al-Abadi to succeed him.
Downton Abbey fans know that the period drama is set in the early 1920s. A promotion photo released by PBS shows a plastic water bottle, which hadn't been produced at the time, on the mantle.
A college professor sent a robot hitchhiking across Canada. He put HitchBOT by the side of the road with its thumb out. People pick up the robot and take it to its next destination.
Funeral services were held Thursday for Kevin Ward Jr., the driver killed on the track after being hit by former NASCAR champion Tony Stewart. North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann attended the service; he speaks with Robert Siegel about the funeral and possible investigations into the incident.