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Death Penalty Recommended for Craigslist Killer:  Kim Palmer of Reuters reports that an Ohio jury recommended death for "Craigslist Killer" Richard Beasley on Wednesday. Beasley, 53, was found guilty of the murders of three men, and the attempted murder of a fourth. The jury deliberated for less than three hours before presenting their recommendation. Judge Lynne Callahan set a sentencing date for March 26. Continued from this News Scan.

CO Gov. Hints at Veto on Death Penalty Repeal: 
Kurtis Lee and Lynn Bartels of the Denver Post report that Gov. John Hickenlooper may veto HB 1264 aimed at repealing the death penalty in Colorado. Representatives indicate that Hickenlooper expressed conflicting feelings on the death penalty at a caucus luncheon Tuesday. The governor wants more public input on the issue. A vote on the bipartisan measure was postponed following nine hours of testimony from both sides.

Mounting Problems Lead Pentagon to Consider Gitmo Overhaul: 
Michael Isikoff of NBC News reports that the Pentagon is considering a $150 million overhaul of the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba. The plans include a new dining hall, hospital and barracks. The proposal comes in response to a recommendation from Guantanamo's top general in response to escalating problems. The buildings are falling into disrepair as more and more detainees have joined hunger strikes in protest.

Almost Two Thirds of Hate Crimes Go Unreported, Study Finds:
  Pete Yost of the Associated Press reports that a study by the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics found nearly two thirds of all hate crimes nationally are not reported to police. From 2003-2006, 46 percent of hate crimes were reported to law enforcement, 84 percent of which were violent in nature. From 2007-2011, only 25 percent of hate crimes were reported to police; violent offenses increased to 92 percent. Victims and those conducting the study cited feelings of futility, a lack of confidence in police, and fear of reprisal from hate groups as reasons for not reporting.

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