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'Empire' Showcases Wealthy Black Family That Started Out Poor

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 4:07am

NPR's TV Critic, Eric Deggans, reviews Empire, a new family drama on Fox set in the world of a hip hop empire, created by Lee Daniels and starring Terrence Howard.

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ESPN, Other Networks To Be Streamed On Dish Network's Sling TV

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 4:07am

Linda Wertheimer talks to John Ourand from Sports Business Journal about ESPN's decision to start a streaming service. The service is being done in partnership with Dish Network.

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Fla. Gov. Scott Starts Second Term With Markedly Different Tone

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 4:07am

Rick Scott was elected four years ago with Tea Party support. As re-election approached, he moderated many of his conservative views, even supporting Medicaid expansion, an idea he'd long opposed.

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Mitch McConnell Begins Dream Job As Senate Majority Leader

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 4:07am

The Kentucky Republican never really thought about running for president while growing up. Instead, he dreamed of being Senate majority leader. That dream came true on Tuesday.

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Marian Anderson's Groundbreaking Met Opera Moment

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 2:40am

Sixty years ago opera singer Marian Anderson made her long overdue debut at New York's Metropolitan Opera. She was the first African-American soloist to do so.

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U.S. Court Weighs Texas Law's Burden On Women Seeking Abortions

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 2:40am

The law — which mandates stricter building codes for clinics that perform the procedure — has already forced the closure of dozens of clinics that provide abortion.

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Crowning The 33rd-Best Football Team In America

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 2:39am

As we eagerly await the first official college football championship, commentator Frank Deford says it's intriguing that the U.S. places as much emphasis on college sports as it does on the pros.

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A Bed Of Mouse Cells Helps Human Cells Thrive In The Lab

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 2:37am

Researchers have developed a powerful method for growing human cells in the laboratory that has led to some unusual findings. Cell tests suggest a malaria drug might work against cervical cancer.

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Oregon Ducks' Football Team To Change Uniforms

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 5:25am

The team made it to the game that will decide college football's national champion. And now they won't be in green and yellow. They'll play in new white jerseys with gray numbers and silver accents.

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Wayne State University Releases Annual Word Lists

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 5:20am

Words on the comeback list: caterwaul and rapscallion. Words that should be banished: bae, polar vortex and flapdoodle.

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2 Promising U.S. Skiers Killed In Alps Avalanche

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 4:00am

Coaches and friends are mourning the loss of two American prospects in World Cup skiing. They died Monday in an avalanche in the Austrian Alps. Linda Wertheimer talks to Sasha Rearick, head coach of the U.S. ski team.

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Lebanon Imposes Restrictions On Syrian Refugees

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 4:00am

It's now more difficult for Syrian refugees to enter into neighboring Lebanon. On Monday, Lebanon imposed new visa-like restrictions on Syrian refugees entering the country. Steve Inskeep talks to Ron Redmond, a spokeman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

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3 Western States Counter Administration's Proposal For Medicare Expansion

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 4:00am

States have another year to get full funding for Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. Conservative states are scrambling to pick up the funds while not calling the move expansion. Utah, Wyoming and Montana all have governors who are trying to get the money but their legislators are coming up with sparser counter-proposals that may derail all the efforts.

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2 Americans Face Charges Over Gambia Coup Attempt

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 4:00am

Two US citizens are charged with trying to overthrow the government of the tiny West African nation of Gambia. The charges stem from a December 30th coup attempt.

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Senate Slow To Schedule Hearings For Attorney General Nominee

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 4:00am

Confirmation hearings for nominee Loretta Lynch will offer the new Republican majority a chance to register protests about White House action on immigration and other controversial issues.

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Speaker Election Reveals Split Among Some House Republicans

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 4:00am

John Boehner is set to start his third 2-year term as speaker. His election is nearly a foregone conclusion, although a number of his Republican colleagues are likely to vote against him on the floor.

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Adequate Housing Hard To Find In Boom Towns For Oil, Gas

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 4:00am

When you think of oil and gas towns, most people visualize transient workers and RV parks. But plenty of oilfield workers move to towns with their families. The challenge is finding a place to stay.

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Same-Sex Marriages Conducted In Florida After Ban Is Lifted

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 4:00am

In Ft. Lauderdale, Key West and other cities, gay and lesbian couples began getting married shortly after midnight when a ban on same-sex unions was officially lifted.

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The Downside Of Cheaper Gas: More Accident Fatalities

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 4:00am

Falling gasoline prices are a benefit to motorists — but those lower prices come with a hidden cost: increased traffic fatalities.

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Trend Of Falling Gas Prices Expected To Continue

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 4:00am

On New Year's Day, the national average for a gallon of regular gasoline was $2.23. That's the average though, and many stations are selling gas at under $2 a gallon.

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