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Buffalo Bills Flag Officials For Excessive Celebration On Losing Play

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 4:07am

After an official signaled a touchdown for Denver in the Broncos' win, he and another ref exchanged a fist-bump. A player calls it proof of bias; the NFL says they were excited to get the call right.

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New 'New Republic': A 'Vertically Integrated Digital Media Company'

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 3:57am

The magazine saw an exodus of 50 top contributors in the days after billionaire owner Chris Hughes, formerly of Facebook, announced The New Republic was going to move to New York and transform.

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Landrieu's Loss Flips Lingering Holdout Of Democrats' 'Solid South'

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 3:57am

In her runoff against Republican Bill Cassidy, incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu, D.-La., didn't just lose — she was walloped. The win gave the GOP complete dominance of the Deep South in the Senate.

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Justice Department Moves To Further Rein In Racial Profiling

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 3:57am

New guidelines being unveiled today will broaden rules for the FBI, ATF, DEA and other federal agencies, that will ban — or nearly ban — profiling by race, gender, religion or sexual orientation.

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After Decades Of Success, She's Still Just 'A Painter Who Writes Songs'

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 3:57am

Joni Mitchell talks about her new four-disc boxed set, "Love Has Many Faces," and the different colors such a collection can reveal in a lifetime of work.

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Texas Teams (Correctly) Shut Out Of New College Football Playoffs

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 3:57am

Ohio State's romp in the Big Ten championship game propelled the Buckeyes past TCU and Baylor in the eyes of the college football playoffs selection committee — and NPR's Tom Bowman.

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Ralph Baer, The Man Who Thought Up Video Games, Dies

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 3:57am

The 92-year-old was working as a military contractor in 1971 when he patented a piece of equipment that could create and control dots on a TV screen.

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Burnt Remains Of Missing Mexican Student Identified; 42 Still Not Found

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 3:57am

DNA testing confirmed that bone fragments from Mexico match relatives of Alexander Mora Venancio, one of a group of students from a rural college who officials say were abducted in September.

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With Ebola Cases Down, Officials Worry Liberians Aren't Worried Enough

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 3:57am

Treatment units in Liberia stand nearly empty, but a dozen or so Ebola cases still appear each day, with clusters in Monrovia and rural areas. The CDC's chief there wants the nation to stay alert.

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Their Senate, Their Rules: GOP May Allow Blocking Of Nominees Again

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 3:57am

A year after Democratic Senators invoked a "nuclear option" to stop GOP filibusters of confirmation votes, Republicans are debating whether to switch back. Some say they're sick of the fighting.

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Old And Overmedicated: The Real Drug Problem In Nursing Homes

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 3:57am

Way too many residents of U.S. nursing homes are on antipsychotic drugs, critics say. It's often just for the convenience of the staff, to sedate patients agitated by dementia. That's illegal.

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Their Senate, Their Rules: GOP May Allow Blocking Of Nominees Again

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 3:57am

A year after Democratic Senators invoked a "nuclear option" to stop GOP filibusters of confirmation votes, Republicans are debating whether to switch back. Some say they're sick of the fighting.

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In Largest Transfer Since 2009, 6 Leave Guantanamo For Uruguay

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 3:57am

The prisoners — four Syrians, a Tunisian and a Palestinian — are the first Guantanamo detainees released in South America. Uruguay's president first signaled willingness to take the men in May.

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Oh, Snap! NASA Promises Best Photo Yet Of Faraway Pluto

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 3:57am

A spacecraft on its way to Pluto has just woken up from hibernation. By next month, scientists expect to have the first good pictures of the dwarf planet. All the others have been, well, crummy.

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Wilt Chamberlain Gets Extra-Long Stamp

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 6:11am

The NBA great, who's 7'1", is the first pro basketball player featured on a U.S. stamp. Kadir Nelson, the artist who created it, tells The New York Times, "We still had trouble fitting him in."

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Russian Newspaper Tries Reporting Only Good News

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 6:05am

When the City Reporter was full of cheer, readership on its website suffered. So they're back to reporting regular news.

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In Oakland, The Disconnect Between Young People And Police

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 4:01am

Oakland has a history of tensions between police and the community. The police department there is under federal oversight for its use of force, among other problems.

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Prep Work Contributes To Successful Protest Turnout

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 4:01am

The New York and Missouri grand jury decisions sparked protests across the country. To mobilize supporters, organizers relied on social media and old-fashioned methods of phone calls and canvassing.

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Suzan-Lori Parks' New Play, 'Father Comes Home From The Wars'

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 4:01am

NPR Special Correspondent Michele Norris talks with playwright Suzan-Lori Parks about her latest work, "Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1,2 & 3)."

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Richard III's DNA Indicates Family Infidelity

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 4:01am

Researchers confirmed in 2013 that bones unearthed in a parking lot in England are the remains of King Richard III. More scandalously, DNA from the skeleton now raises questions of royal infidelity.

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