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Treasury Nomination Sparks Fight Among Democrats

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 4:05am

When Congress returns in 2015, it will consider the nomination of Antonio Weiss to be undersecretary of Treasury for domestic finance. The nomination is causing a fight within the Democratic Party.

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Politics In The News

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 4:05am

Before heading to Hawaii for vacation with the first family, President Obama held a news conference on Friday. There were wide-ranging questions, and the president only called on female journalists.

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Cuba's Jews, Catholics Have Very Different Takes On The U.S. Thaw

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 4:05am

The country's tiny Jewish community is embracing the breakthrough. But some Catholics feel betrayed by President Obama's overtures to Cuba's communist government.

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Jordan Hangs 11 After 8-Year Execution Moratorium

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 4:05am

Jordanians who had been convicted of murder were executed Sunday. There had been a moratorium on the death penalty there since 2006. Lawmakers called for it to be reinstated to curb a rise in crime.

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Brooklyn Borough Remembers Slain Officers At Candlelight Vigil

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 4:05am

Two NYPD officers were killed in an ambush in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. David Greene asks borough President Eric Adams for his perspective on the tension surrounding the attack.

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Gifts For Twees Should Include Handcrafted Or Vintage Items

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 4:05am

Writer Mark Spitz, author of Twee: The Gentle Revolution in Music, Books, Television, Fashion and Film, tells David Greene it's all about adults embracing their childhood.

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For Updated 'Annie', The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 4:05am

The comic strip Little Orphan Annie was launched during the Great Depression. A remake of the 1987 movie arrives when the income gap between rich and poor is the highest it's been since the 1930s.

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Stars Shine Bright In Ireland's Dark-Sky Reserve

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 4:05am

The International Dark-Sky Association has named only 3 gold-tier reserves, and only 1 in the Northern Hemisphere. That title belongs to Kerry International Dark Sky Reserve in southwestern Ireland.

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What's Hot In Tech Gifts This Year?

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 4:05am

David Greene finds out from Jacqui Cheng, editor-in-chief of Wirecutter, a tech shopping blog, about which gifts are in demand. She's tracks what gizmos and gadgets are popular with readers.

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U.S. Catholics To Feel Pope's Impact With Archbishop Appointments

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 4:05am

Since his election less than 2 years ago, Pope Francis has appointed or promoted some 40 American bishops, elevating new leaders in many cities. The most prominent is the new archbishop of Chicago.

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Results Being Tallied In Tunisia's Presidential Election

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 4:05am

Tunisians voted Sunday for a new president in a contentious race. The election marks another important milestone in the one country where the Arab Spring has been mostly peaceful.

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U.S Turns To China For Help With North Korea Cyberattack

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 4:05am

The Obama administration has asked China to help rein in North Korea's cyber capabilities. The administration wants China to help block further attacks, like the massive hacking of Sony Pictures.

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Police Union Blames Mayor, Protesters For Ambush Of 2 NYPD Officers

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 4:05am

Details continue to emerge about the gunman who killed two New York City police officers in Brooklyn on Saturday. Investigators are trying to determine what drove Ismaaiyl Brinsely to those acts.

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Nuns On The Ranch Give A Heavenly Twist To Beef

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 2:45am

At a Colorado ranch run by Benedictine nuns, prayer and farming go hand in hand. "We have kind of a corner on the market" for grass-fed beef, says one sister. "People just kind of believe in it."

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Great-Great Grandmother's Gift List Keeps Growing

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 6:52am

Mary Scholey, 82, of Sheffield, England, begins her Christmas shopping in early November. She has 80 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren to buy for.

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Michael Jordan Sneakers Sell For More Than $33,000 At Auction

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 5:22am

That is not the most someone has paid for Jordan's shoes. A pair he wore in Game 5 of the 1997 NBA finals sold for more than $100,000.

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Exchange Of Spies Was Critical To U.S.-Cuba Deal

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 4:02am

Part of the deal for the return of American Alan Gross from Cuba involved the release of a Cuban man who had served as a spy for the U.S. According to officials with the intelligence community, the man provided key tips that led to the discovery of Cuban espionage against the U.S. He had been held in prison by Cuban for some 20 years until this week's deal.

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Transparency Vs. Privacy: What To Do With Police Camera Videos?

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 4:02am

Police reformers say the cameras ensure transparency when it comes to officer conduct. But as departments are pressured to release vast stores of videos, privacy concerns are raised.

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Cuban-American Congressional Leaders Vow To Fight Obama's Proposals

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 4:02am

A day after President Obama's announcement that he wants to normalize relations with Cuba, Cuban-American congressional leaders came together in Miami to condemn it as appeasement of a Communist regime.

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When A Hospital Bill Becomes A Decade-Long Pay Cut

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 4:02am

Nonprofit hospitals provide assistance to poor patients in exchange for tax breaks. But some still seize wages of poor patients with unpaid bills — even those who qualify for free or reduced care.

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