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Senate Adjourns, GOP To Take Over In January

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 4:04am

The Senate adjourned on Tuesday, bringing the 113th Congress to a formal close. Democrat Harry Reid ended his run as majority leader, as Republicans take control of the Senate next month.

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Attorneys For Oklahoma Death Row Inmates Seek To Halt Executions

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 4:04am

In Oklahoma, lawyers will be in federal court to argue that the state should not be allowed to resume executions in January, as planned. Last spring, the botched execution of Clayton Lockett drew international attention and caused the state to revise its protocols.

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Too Little, Too Late For Many New Yorkers Seeking Hospice

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 4:04am

Evidence shows hospice care can extend life and save money, but only if patients and doctors dare ask for the help. One New Yorker said hospice gave her back a normal life — at peace, pain subdued.

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Jeb Bush To 'Actively Explore' 2016 Run For President

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 4:04am

Jeb Bush, the former Republican governor of Florida and the brother and son of two former U.S. presidents, has essentially kicked off the 2016 presidential campaign with a pre-announcement announcement on Facebook.Bush said he had decided to "actively explore" a presidential run.

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Fed Expected To Alter Wording About Interest Rate Timing

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 4:04am

The Federal Reserve will likely drop the phrase that says it will keep interest rates near zero for "a considerable time." Renee Montagne talks to David Wessel of the Brookings Institution

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Hacking Of Sony's Computers Creates Much Drama

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 4:04am

Following a hack of computers, Sony canceled some press for The Interview, a film the hackers claim motivated them to commit their crimes. The fallout includes a class action lawsuit.

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25 Years Ago, 'Darkness Visible' Broke Ground Detailing Depression

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 4:04am

Renee Montagne talks to writer Andrew Solomon, who has chronicled his own battle with depression, about how William Styron's work opened up discussions of mental illness.

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LA Sheriff's Department Agrees To Federal Oversight To Settle Abuse Suit

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 4:04am

The ACLU and the embattled sheriff's department have settled a class action lawsuit that will likely set in motion a number of changes within the nation's largest municipal jail system.

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Border Patrol Completes Recruitment Drive Aimed At Women

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 4:04am

The U.S. Border Patrol is looking for more female agents. While women make up 15 percent of most federal law enforcement agencies, the Border Patrol has only 5 percent female agents.

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Ruble's Drop Has Implications For Global Economy

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 4:04am

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been conspicuously silent since the ruble's plunge. Renee Montagne talks to Russian business journalist Kirill Belyaninov about why the ruble is in freefall.

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Is Russia's Currency On Its Way To Collapse?

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 4:04am

The Russian ruble hit new lows on Tuesday despite efforts by the country's central bank to stop the selling. The currency lost 11 percent of its value.

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What's A Sportsman Anyway?

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 2:46am

Commentator Frank Deford says awards for sportsmanship seem archaic. These days, he says, we're more likely to talk about unsportsmanlike conduct.

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New York Bans The Tattooing And Piercing Of Pets

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 6:27am

A Brooklyn artist spread a photo of a tattooed dog on Instagram. Governor Andrew Cuomo says that is just animal abuse. The law goes into effect in 120 days.

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Robot Flies Economy From LA To Frankfurt

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 6:17am

German researchers purchased the robot named Athena, and found a passenger seat was cheaper than shipping her in a box.

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Dozens Killed As Taliban Gunmen Storm Pakistani School

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 5:45am

Officials in Pakistan say Taliban gunmen stormed a military school in the northwestern city of Peshawar. Steve Inskeep talks to Katherine Houreld, a reporter with Reuters.

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Contestant From War-Torn Syria Wins 'Arab Idol'

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 4:26am

Over the weekend, a champion was crowned in the Middle East's version of American Idol. Syrians cheered as 21-year-old Hazem Sherif from the war-scarred city of Aleppo was announced the winner.

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Sony On The Defensive After Hackers Attack Its Computer Network

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 4:10am

Unidentified hackers have been releasing internal documents from Sony Pictures Entertainment. Renee Montagne talks to Kim Zetter, a senior staff reporter at "Wired" magazine, about the attack which has caused turmoil at the studio. Zetter is the author of the new book, "Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World's First Digital Weapon."

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Hostage Drama Unfolds Violently In Sydney

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 4:10am

Australia is coming to terms with the violent outcome of a tense hostage siege in Sydney. A lone gunman, with apparent sympathies to radical Islamist groups in the Middle East, held some 50 people hostage before being killed as a police SWAT team stormed the building. Steve Inskeep talks to journalist Stuart Cohen about the incident.

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Denmark Files Claim To Portion Of The Arctic

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 4:10am

Denmark and Greenland are claiming ownership of about 350,000 square miles of the Arctic. Some of that territory includes the North Pole. They've filed paperwork with the U.N. to start the process of making it officials. But that could take years, and other countries are staking claim to the territory as well.

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Top Chefs Discover Denver's Fast-Growing Restaurant Scene

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 4:10am

Thanks in part to the nearby oil and gas boom, Denver is seeing a flood of affluent professionals with a hunger for good food. In one month this summer, for example, 40 restaurants opened.

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