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Senate Unexpectedly Moves Forward On Unemployment Benefits

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 4:43pm

After a procedural vote in the Senate on a bill that would temporarily extend emergency insurance for the jobless, President Obama held a White House press conference to pressure Congress to keep the momentum going. But Republican leaders say they need spending cuts or job-creation plans in return.

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Tech Fit For The Showroom, But The Runway Might Have To Wait

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 4:25pm

Wearable technology is often said to look dorky. "Stylish" and "fashionable" are not words anyone would associate with devices like Google Glass or smart watches. But companies are now working to embed technology into clothing so that it's unobtrusive or even attractive.

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Sherlock's Expiring Copyright: It's Public Domain, Dear Watson

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 4:24pm

The famous sleuth has discovered that U.S copyright law is anything but elementary. A federal judge recently ruled that elements of the Sherlock Holmes characters are now both licensed property of the Doyle estate and in the public domain. The Doyle estate plans to appeal the decision.

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50 Years After Landmark Warning, 8 Million Fewer Smoking Deaths

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 4:22pm

Back in 1964, people smoked cigarettes at work, in restaurants and in grocery stores. Few would have predicted that a report from the U.S. surgeon general would spark a public health revolution that has increased life expectancy in this country by 30 percent.

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Peter Gabriel's Favorite Artists Remake His Music From 'Scratch'

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 3:48pm

On the 2010 album Scratch My Back, Gabriel covered songs by the musicians he loves. For the follow-up, he invited those artists — who include Arcade Fire, Randy Newman, David Byrne, Regina Spektor, Lou Reed, Bon Iver and more — to cover his own material.

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Skier Lindsey Vonn Bows Out Of Olympics With Knee Injury

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 3:16pm

Downhill skier Lindsey Vonn has withdrawn from the Olympics, saying a knee injury will keep her out of the competition. Vonn won two medals in the Vancouver Olympics and is among the most prominent names in the sport.

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Some Of New York's Finest Are Embroiled In Fraud

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 3:16pm

In New York City, 80 police officers and fire fighters are facing fraud charges. They're accused of a massive scheme to defraud the Social Security Administration. The scheme ran for over a decade and allegedly cost US taxpayers millions of dollars in false claims.

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For Bernard Madoff's Victims, A Massive Settlement Of Their Own

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 3:16pm

Robert Siegel interviews Irving Picard, the Madoff Bankruptcy Trustee, and David Sheehan, Picard's Chief Counsel and a partner at BakerHostetler. The attorneys represented those who were defrauded in Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme. On Tuesday, the attorneys announced two settlements to recover approximately $543 million for Madoff's victims.

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JPMorgan Settles With U.S. Government Over Role In Madoff Schemes

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 3:16pm

JPMorgan Chase has agreed with the U.S. government to settle criminal charges that it failed to report suspicious activity in Bernard Madoff's accounts. The settlement comes to $2.6 billion, but a representative for Madoff's victims says the amount is too small. Madoff bilked investors out of many billions of dollars while JP Morgan Chase was his primary bank.

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Deep Freeze Means Hectic Schedule For One Southern Plumber

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 3:16pm

Extreme cold weather has struck the Midwest, the Northeast and the South, where residents are unaccustomed to such low temperatures. Audie Cornish talks to Atlanta plumber Melvin Davis, who has been making calls all day to people whose pipes have frozen.

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Former Players Move Forward On Historic Settlement With NFL

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 3:16pm

More than 4,000 former NFL players and their families have taken the next step in an historic legal settlement with the pro football league. A new agreement, subject to a judge's approval, spells out how much money different players will get based on their age and impairments.

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LA County Sheriff Retires Amid Controversy

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 3:16pm

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca announced his retirement today, following a series of scandals that rocked his department. The latest involved federal indictments against 18 current and former deputies. He also faced the first serious challenge to his re-election in years. He will leave office at the end of January.

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Republicans Pipe In About Poverty and Inequality

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 3:16pm

Poverty and income inequality have long been staples of the Democratic Party platform, but they haven't often been high priorities. This year, that appears to be changing, and what's more, some Republicans seem eager to join the conversation.

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Kung Fu Icon Dies at 106

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 3:16pm

Run Run Shaw died at the age of 106 on Tuesday. He was considered by many to be the father of kung fu movies, producing films such as Five Fingers of Death and Shaolin Avenger.

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Across The Country, People Have Been Caught In The Cold

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 3:16pm

Sub-zero temperatures are breaking records across much of the eastern U.S. In New York City, a 118-year-old record fell. The cold caused flight delays and cancellations, roads were closed due to blowing snow, and 500 Amtrak passengers spent a night in a train in Central Illinois. The cold also brought special attention to those helping the homeless.

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CES 2014: Toothbrush? Bed? Car? Put Some Internet On It

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 5:21pm

The Consumer Electronics Show is the tech industry's annual electronics showcase in Las Vegas, where companies are showing off their latest-and-greatest gadgets like Internet-connected toothbrushes (ideal for hygiene-concerned helicopter parents) and cars that come equipped with a 4G cell connection.

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Tighter Access To 'Death Master File' Has Researchers Worried

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 4:37pm

The Social Security Administration has long kept track of deaths so it can stop checks when recipients die. And while researchers have used the file for years, fraudsters have, too. So Congress is limiting access to the data — and that has everyone from bankers to genealogists concerned.

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Health Care Costs Grew More Slowly Than The Economy In 2012

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 4:30pm

Health care costs grew at 3.7 percent in 2012, the fourth year of a trend of smaller annual increases. The Obama administration says that the Affordable Care Act is a factor. But the actuaries who wrote the report beg to differ, saying the recession is a more likely cause.

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How I Almost Got Arrested With A South Sudanese Ex-Minister

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 3:22pm

A dozen war heroes from South Sudan's long struggle for independence are now accused of launching a coup to overthrow the democracy they helped create. One of them, Peter Adwok Nyaba, was telling NPR's Gregory Warner about the political roots of the conflict when police came for him.

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Arctic Methane Bubbles Not As Foreboding As Once Feared

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 2:57pm

European scientists were alarmed in 2008 when they discovered streams of methane bubbles erupting from the seafloor in Norway's high Arctic. This gas, which contributes to global warming, was apparently coming from methane ice on the seafloor. A follow-up study finds that methane bubble plumes at this location have probably been forming for a few thousand years, so they are not the result of human-induced climate change. But continued warming of ocean water can trigger more methane releases in the Arctic, with potentially serious consequences to the climate.

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