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It's All Politics
4:52 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Nebraska Repeals Death Penalty, But U.S. Isn't Quite Ready To Abandon It

A view of the death chamber from the witness room at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility shows an electric chair and gurney on Aug. 29, 2001, in Lucasville, Ohio.
Mike Simons Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 6:31 pm

Nebraska's Legislature voted Wednesday to abolish the death penalty, overturning Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts' veto. The state's unicameral legislature overwhelmingly approved the measure in a series of three previous votes.

The repeal comes as other states have experienced complications with new lethal-injection cocktails. But Americans overall still support the practice.

Support for the death penalty has slowly fallen over the past couple of decades, from a high of 80 percent in favor in the mid-1990s to just over 60 percent currently, according to Gallup.

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The Salt
4:47 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Bugs: Not What's For Dinner — Until They're Tastier, Maybe

Matt Schnarr bites into a mealworm lollipop at the Pestaurant event in Washington, D.C., in 2014.
Maggie Starbard NPR

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 5:04 pm

In the last couple of years, we've detected a faint buzz about crispy crickets and crunchy mealworms. Companies pedaling scorpion lollipops and peanut butter-and-jelly protein bars made with cricket flour have thrust their wares into our hands and mailboxes.

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The Two-Way
4:38 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Rick Santorum Announces Presidential Run

Rick Santorum speaks in Des Moines, Iowa, on Sept. 24, 2012. The Republican announced Wednesday that he is running for president.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Updated at 5:25 p.m. ET

Republican Rick Santorum, the former senator from Pennsylvania, announced Wednesday that he is running for president.

"Working families don't need another president tied to big government or big money," he said in Cabot, Pa.. "And today is the day we're going to begin to fight back."

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Around the Nation
4:32 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Oklahoma Hangs On As Heavy Rain Continues To Soak Region

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 6:11 pm

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Sports
4:31 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Soccer Fans In Latin America React To FIFA Corruption Charges

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 6:11 pm

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