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Judge to Rule on Status of 'Dirty Bomb' Suspect Padilla

A federal judge declares his court has authority to rule on the status of U.S. citizen Jose Padilla, the man accused of plotting to unleash a radioactive "dirty bomb" on U.S. soil. Padilla has been held since May 8 as an enemy combatant. The judge says Padilla's citizenship is "irrelevant" but he will decide if there are legal grounds to keep him under detention. NPR's Margot Adler reports.

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Margot Adler died on July 28, 2014 at her home in New York City. She was 68 and had been battling cancer. Listen to NPR Correspondent David Folkenflik's retrospective on her life and career

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