Women’s rights and progressive groups rallied at the state capitol today to protest what they see as an attack on women’s reproductive health. Republicans held a separate rally. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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February 12, 2016 | NPR · The new designations protect nearly 1.8 million acres of public lands which include Southern California’s highest peak, thousands of Native American rock carvings, endangered animals and a ghost town.
 

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February 12, 2016 | NPR · The annual event invites bird-watchers of all levels to count the birds in their backyards, and submit the data to researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society.
 

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February 12, 2016 | NPR · Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill are meeting in Havana, Cuba. It’s the first time leaders of the two churches have met since a schism 1,000 years ago divided Christianity.
 

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February 12, 2016 | NPR · A War is a contender for the best foreign film Oscar. It’s about a soldier in Afghanistan placed in an impossible situation, and NPR film critic Bob Mondello says it brings the big questions home.
 

February 12, 2016 | NPR · Bordertown is about two families on both sides of the immigration debate. One is a white border patrol agent and his family and the other is a Mexican-American immigrant family.
 

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February 12, 2016 | NPR · How will Aaron Sorkin’s rapid-fire dialogue fit with Harper Lee’s tale of racism and justice in the South?
 

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February 12, 2016 | NPR · The Colbert bandleader sings “What A Wonderful World” in a 2011 session with guest host Jon Weber.
 

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February 12, 2016 | NPR · Maybe this is all part of some performance-art piece we’ve been unwittingly sucked into. But either way, it seems to be working.
 

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February 12, 2016 | NPR · A career-long hitmaker, Warren knows how to write about intimacy and heartbreak. But when she collaborated with Lady Gaga for a song about sexual assault, it unlocked a few stories she’d never shared.
 

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