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AP Photographer Snaps Engagement Photo

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 5:58am

Jon McAchran proposed to his girlfriend Ashley while skating on an ice rink beneath the Eiffel Tower. An AP photographer was taking pictures of tourists and captured Jon giving her the ring.

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DOJ Intervention May Help Ct. Police Department Regain Community's Trust

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

Five years ago, tensions reached a breaking point between police and the growing Latino community in East Haven, Ct. The Justice Department began to oversee the department.

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Obama Expected To Impose New Sanctions On Russia

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

Aides say President Obama will sign a bill, authorizing new economic sanctions against Russia in retaliation for its ongoing interference in Ukraine. The Russian economy is already reeling from earlier western sanctions and from the steep drop in oil prices. Russian President Vladimir Putin has so far resisted the mounting economic pressure to change course.

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Pakistan Observes 3 Days Of Mourning After School Attack

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

Author Ahmed Rashid talks to Steve Inskeep about how Pakistan's political climate helped to foster Tuesday's horrific attack on a school in Peshawar.

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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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For Crop Duster Pilots, Wind Towers Present Danger

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 2:45am

Short, unlit towers are used to prospect for new wind farms. But the structures pose a threat to crop duster pilots. Transportation officials are urging better markings and other safety improvements.

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An Alternative To Suspension And Expulsion: 'Circle Up!'

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 2:42am

Oakland's restorative justice program is at the forefront of efforts to rethink school discipline.

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Senate OKs Judicial Nominees, Tax Extensions Before Republican Takeover

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:45am

Lawmakers in the Senate approved an extension of tax breaks and confirmed 12 more judicial nominees, but a terrorism insurance bill didn't survive the night.

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'Clifford The Big Red Dog' Creator Bridwell Dies At 86

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 7:28pm

More than 50 years after he came up with a story about a huge dog, author Norman Bridwell has died. In 2012, Bridwell told NPR he was shocked when his idea was accepted for publication.

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