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The details of how North Korea will participate in the upcoming Pyeongchang Winter Olympics are still being worked out — but we now know that the regime will send a cheering squad of 230 people to support athletes who make the trip to South Korea next month.

Details about the national spirit squad emerged as delegations from North and South Korea meet at the Peace House in the border village of Panmunjom to discuss the pariah regime's inclusion in the games.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in a case with a surprise plot twist: The jurors were told that the accused was guilty of a triple murder — not by the prosecutor, but by the defense lawyer.

"There is no way reasonably possible that you can listen to the evidence and not come" to that conclusion, he said.

In an effort to avoid the death penalty, the defense lawyer refused to follow the instructions of his client, who contended he was innocent. The question before the justices is whether that violated the client's constitutional right to counsel.

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Peace activist James Douglass tediously researched previously unreleased documents from the 1960s and came up with startling conclusions about the assassination of President John Kennedy.

Peggy Jennings-Severe is a student services administrator at Butte College who wrote her book to help people create more loving and meaningful relationships by providing questions and activities to expand and deepen conversation at family gatherings, anniversaries, birthdays, and holidays.

This is a continuation of Zigrid Vidners's first book, "I Grew Up in Latvia." She was a refugee from her home country during the Second World War who escaped Stalin's troops by fleeing to Germany. After the war she had the opportunity to to go England to work in a hospital. A lot changed when she met a young Latvian man Ed Vidners.

This is an informational guide to some of the most well-known resting places in Paris like Pere Lachaise where Jim Morrison is buried, and the Paris catacombs. Color photographs illustrate the text, and a fold-out map of Pere Lachaise Cemetery is included in the back of the book.

This is the latest collection of poems by Joanne Allred, who formerly taught literature and writing at California State University, Chico. Her poems have appeared in the Chico News & Review as part of their Poetry 99 Project. She lives in Butte Creek Canyon, whose landscape often serves as backdrop and subject for her poems.

Mike Paull is a retired dentist who has created a fictional hero for his profession. Dr. Paull began flying in 1978 and draws on his experience as a pilot to write this mystery novel about an unlikely detective.

Chico author Glynda-Lee Hoffmann writes that the Book of Genesis is a coded text, and understanding the code allows us to see how we can become the extraordinary person we've always wanted to be.

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Changes are coming to North State Public Radio’s program lineup this January, including the addition of new shows.

With our new series Since You Asked, we're turning to YOU. What have you always wondered about the North State? What questions do you have about this place we call home?

There’s still time to head up the road for a late-summer adventure. Plan a trip with help from this new map of California destinations featured by Kim Weir on her show Up the Road on NSPR.

On Cultivating Place, we speak with people passionate about plants, gardens, and natural history. We explore what gardens mean to us and how they speak to us.

Blue Dot, named after Carl Sagan's famous speech about our place in the universe, features interviews with guests from all over the regional, national and worldwide scientific communities.

Each week host Nancy Wiegman talks to local, regional and national writers about their latest projects. Co-produced by Nolan Ford, Nancy's Bookshelf airs Fridays from 10 to 11 a.m.

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