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New Justice Department Environment Chief Takes Helm Of Gulf Spill Case

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 3:03am

John Cruden returns to the department as litigation over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill intensifies. He'll also defend Obama climate change rules and try to protect wildlife while in the post.

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What Does Martin Luther King's Legacy Look Like To A 5-Year-Old?

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 2:35am

Teachers all over the country are finding ways to talk about the legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. In one Washington, D.C., classroom, the lessons about race come alive.

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Why Ants Handle Traffic Better Than You Do

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 2:34am

Ants don't show road rage. In fact, some research shows they rarely get into traffic jams, able to maintain a steady speed even as their numbers swell. Can physics explain it?

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Larry Wilmore's 'Nightly Show' Brings A New Voice to Late Night TV

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 2:34am

The ex-Daily Show correspondent becomes the only black man to host an entertainment show in late night TV. And he starts on an important occasion; the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

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When Bariatric Surgery's Benefits Wane, This Procedure Can Help

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 2:33am

Bariatric surgery works for severely obese patients because it shrinks the size of the stomach. But years later, the stomach starts to expand and some patients regain the weight they lost.

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In Support Of Seattle's Seahawks, City Hall Bans Cheese

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 6:08am

The city manager of Bainbridge Island in Washington instituted the cheese ban. The Green Bay Packers, with their cheesehead fans, play the Seattle Seahawks Sunday. The winner heads to the Super Bowl.

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Colts QB Andrew Luck Admits His Beard Is A Bad Look

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 5:46am

The Indianapolis Colts made the AFC title game, led by quarterback Andrew Luck, who grew a neck beard — a beard down his neck. It's referred to as the neard.

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Oscar Nominations Lack Diversity; 'Selma' Snubbed

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 4:10am

This year's Academy Award nominations are out, and it didn't take long for people to notice that all 20 nominees in the actor and actress categories are white. The directors and screenwriters nominated are all male. David Greene talks to Wesley Morris, who writes for the online magazine Grantland, about the racial disparities.

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Economic Isolation Weighs On Iranians; They Want Nuclear Talks Resolved

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 4:10am

As nuclear talks with Iran resume, Steve Inskeep talks to Thomas Erdbrink, Tehran bureau chief for "The New York Times," about rhetoric and sentiment in that country.

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Latest Judge's Ruling On BP Oil Spill Is Key To Upcoming Trial

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 4:10am

A federal judge in New Orleans has ruled that BP dumped 3.19 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. The Deepwater Horizon spill killed 11 workers and fouled beaches from Texas to Florida. The spill estimate is less than the federal government argued for but it's more than what BP claimed. Still, the company could face a maximum $13.7 billion fine.

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Milwaukee Group Teaches Protesters Civil Disobedience Tactics

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 4:10am

Across the country, people are staging "die ins" to bring attention to the number of black men killed by police recently. In Milwaukee, protesters are being trained incivil disobedience tactics. Dozens of people have been protesting for months there after a white police officer fired 14 shots and killed a mentally ill, unarmed African American man last April.

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Obama Urges Congress To Make Paid Sick Leave Mandatory

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 4:10am

President Obama says employers should offer more generous leave policies, including paid sick leave for the 43 million American workers who don't have it. The president is urging Congress to require that. In the meantime, he says state and local governments should move forward with their own rules.

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Movie Review: 'Blackhat'

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 4:10am

Los Angeles Times and Morning Edition film critic, Kenneth Turan, reviews 'Blackhat,' Michael Mann's new cybercrime thriller.

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White House Begins Implementing Changes In U.S.-Cuban Relations

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 4:10am

The Obama administration on Friday is implementing the biggest changes in U.S.-Cuba relations in 50 years. The move loosens restrictions on travel and trade. The U.S. travel ban to Cuba is still technically in place, but experts say it's become a lot easier to go there anyway.

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Oklahoma Executes 1st Inmate After April's Lethal Injection Problems

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 4:10am

More than 8 months after Oklahoma officials struggled to perform an execution, the state executed another prisoner Thursday night. Charles Frederick Warner was convicted in the 1997 rape and beating death of an 11-month-old girl. The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a stay of execution.

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Belgian Authorities Conduct Manhunt For Terror Suspects

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 4:10am

Authorities in Belgium moved quickly to stop what they say was a planned attack that was hours away from being carried out. Two suspects were killed when police raided a building in a town southeast of Brussels. Police are looking for other suspects that may have been linked to the attack. Steve Inskeep reports.

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Akhavan's 'Appropriate Behavior' Defies Categories And Stereotypes

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 4:10am

Director, screenwriter and actor Desiree Akhavan's debut feature opens Friday in select theaters and on demand. The movie is about a bi-sexual Iranian-American trying to get over her break up.

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Tyrone Hood Is Free From Prison. Reporter's Story Led To Clemency

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 4:10am

Before Ill. Gov. Quinn left office, he granted Hood's clemency petition. Steve Inskeep talks to Hood and Nicholas Schmidle, who wrote in The New Yorker that Hood had been wrongfully convicted.

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How Cars Evolved Over The Last Decade

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 4:10am

Year after year, little by little, cars are guiding drivers, protecting them from their incompetence and distractions, squeezing out more fuel economy and making everyone on the roads safer.

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Yemen's Deteriorating Instability Makes It A Perfect Home For Al-Qaida

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 4:10am

David Greene talks to Danya Greenfield, deputy director of the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, about al-Qaida's presence in Yemen and the nature of U.S. counterterrorism operations there.

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