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A State Court Says Rap Lyrics Can't Be Used As Evidence In A Criminal Trial

Code Switch recently wrote about the practice of using violent hip-hop lyrics as evidence in criminal cases. Now a New Jersey Supreme Court has ruled on that very issue.

Scientists Say Child's Play Helps Build A Better Brain

Children learn their most important lessons on the playground, not in the classroom, researchers say.

After Discrimination Finding, Jury's Out On Memphis Juvenile Courts

The U.S. Justice Department bashed the juvenile justice system in Shelby County, Tenn., in 2012. Now, Memphis courts are trying to find a way forward.

Gaza Conflict: Cease-Fire Holds As Kerry Calls For Fresh Peace Talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said both sides should seize this opportunity to move toward broader negotiations for a long-term peace.

GOP Sen. Pat Roberts Fends Off Tea Party Challenge

Radiologist Milton Wolf, who compared himself to Ted Cruz, put up a strong primary fight, but the veteran Kansas senator prevailed. It's the latest blow to Tea Party hopes of ousting a GOP incumbent.

Suspicious Use Of AIDS Drugs Costs Medicare $30 Million

Medicare is paying for HIV drugs for hundreds of patients who may not have the disease, an inspector general's investigation finds. A 77-year-old woman with no record of HIV got $33,500 of medication.

Numbers Of Americans With Health Plans Way Up, But States Vary

The biggest jump since 2013 has been in states that expanded Medicaid and created insurance exchanges. Arkansas has fared best reducing its percentage of uninsured from 22 to 12.

Afghan Policeman Turns Gun On Colleagues, Killing 7

The latest incident comes just a day after an apparent insider attack killed a U.S. major general and left more than a dozen wounded. All who were injured Tuesday are expected to live.