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Texas Braces For A Drop In Production After Oil Prices Fall

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 4:01am

Oil production has been booming in Texas, fueled by technological advances. But the fall in oil prices will slow things down. The coming year is likely to see a weeding out of the weakest producers.

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Should Special Prosecutors Investigate Killings By Police?

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 4:01am

In New York, the state's attorney general wants the power to appoint special prosecutors in cases of killings by police. But many police officers and DAs don't like the idea.

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EPA Deems Montana City An Environmentally Safe Place To Live

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 4:01am

The city of Libby was home to a mine that blanketed residents in asbestos dust for decades. After years of cleanup, the Environmental Protection Agency now says most of the risk is gone.

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"Warning Shot": Sen. Elizabeth Warren On Fighting The Banks, And Her Political Future

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 3:19am

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat, took a passionate stand against a provision in the spending bill that rolls back a major part of the Dodd-Frank financial regulation legislation.

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Sen. Warren Warns That Spending Bill Sets Dangerous Precedent

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 3:19am

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat, took a passionate stand against a provision in the spending bill that rolls back a major part of the Dodd-Frank financial regulation legislation.

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Around-The-World Trek Hits Obstacles Both Natural And Man-Made

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 2:31am

Journalist Paul Salopek's long walk recently brought him face to face with the possibility of losing his toes to frostbite — and with one of the largest mass migrations in modern history.

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Trek Around The World Marked By Obstacles Both Natural And Man-Made

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 2:31am

Journalist Paul Salopek's seven year trek has recently brought him face-to-face with the possibility of losing his toes to frostbite — and with one of the largest mass migrations in modern history.

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Lockheed Martin Case Puts 401(k) Plans On Trial

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 2:30am

The aerospace company is being sued for choosing retirement funds that were poorly managed and charged high fees in a case that tests the limits of a company's responsibilities to its employees.

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When Grandma's House Is Home: The Rise Of Grandfamilies

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 2:26am

In a shift driven partly by culture and largely by the economy, the number of grandparents living with their grandchildren is up sharply. About 1 in 10 kids is living with a grandparent.

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Congress To Nutritionists: Don't Talk About The Environment

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 2:25am

Should dietary guidelines consider the environmental effects of our food choices? The government-appointed Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee thinks they should. Congress, however, says no.

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To Stop Teen Drinking Parties, Fine The Parents

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 2:24am

For some teenagers, parties with alcohol are almost a rite of passage. Surveys show the vast majority of parents in these homes know the alcohol is flowing. Cities are now cracking down on the adults.

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When Big Brother Is An Evil, Jewelry-Obsessed Necromancer

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 6:02am

Lord of the Rings fans wanted to build a giant Eye of Sauron atop a skyscraper in Moscow, a place that already can make you feel you're being watched. The Orthodox church had officials scrap the plan.

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British Runner Leaps Feet-First Into Marriage

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 4:14am

Ben Chudley used a GPS app and a very indirect jog to spell out a message to his girlfriend: Will You Marry Me? Luckily, she didn't run the other way.

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In The NFL's 'Factory Of Sadness,' All Hope Rests On Johnny Football

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 4:01am

In a desperate playoff push, the Cleveland Browns are bringing heralded rookie Johnny Manziel off the bench to take over as the team's quarterback. But not everyone is sold on him saving the season.

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House's Budget Bill Debate Unveiled Democratic Rifts, GOP Ambitions

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 4:01am

Passing the spending package took intense lobbying from the president to get 60 Democrats on board, and persistence by soon-to-be-Speaker John Boehner to fend off the most Republican representatives.

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Born In The U.S. But Turned Back At The Border, Time After Time

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 4:01am

Maria Isabel de la Paz is an American citizen who grew up in Mexico, but her birth certificate was dismissed at border checkpoints. The ACLU says too few of these cases see the inside of a courtroom.

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To Enjoy 'Exodus,' Don't Take It As Seriously As It Takes Itself

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 4:01am

Director Ridley Scott's take on the story of Moses is half solemn, half silly — and not so far an evolution from Charlton Heston's The Ten Commandments as it would like to believe.

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Even If Torture Doesn't Work In The Real World, TV Has Us Convinced

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 4:01am

For TV writers, "enhanced interrogation" are just one more storytelling device. But has its surefire success in shows like 24 influenced how and when real-life interrogators employ torture?

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Time In A U.S.-Run Detention Center Helped Islamic State Leadership

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 4:01am

Of the 25 members of the Islamic State's military council, 17 were held for months or even years at Camp Bucca in southern Iraq. An ISIS leader says discussions there were instrumental to the group.

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Congress Issues New Sanctions Against Venezuelan Leaders 'On The Ropes'

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 4:01am

Officials and experts say the sanctions will be targeted at officials involved in a violent crackdown on pro-democracy protesters this year, and won't make life even harder for average Venezuelans.

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