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South Carolina Same-Sex Marriage Ban Is Overturned

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 12:23pm

Rejecting the state's argument that it, not the U.S. government, has the authority to define marriage, a federal judge overturned South Carolina's ban on same-sex marriage Wednesday.

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First Round Of Early College Applications Due Saturday

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 12:20pm

Guidance counselor Lea Micele shares her advice for applicants and explains the difference between "early decision" and "early action."

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Golden State Joe: California Makes A Play For Coffee's Future

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 12:15pm

California's coffee crop is new and small, but farmers are optimistic about its potential. Scientists hope that by growing coffee here they can learn more about how to help the crop resist disease.

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Ethnic Tensions Complicate Fight Against ISIS

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 12:12pm

Violence in Northern Iraq is escalating due to complicated tensions between Arabs and Kurds. NPR's Leila Fadel joins us from Erbil, Iraq.

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Philae Becomes First Spacecraft Ever To Land On A Comet

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 12:06pm

The European Space Agency made history this morning after successfully landing an unmanned spacecraft on a comet.

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Honeyblood On World Cafe

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 11:17am

The Glaswegian guitar-and-drums duo makes punchy, direct songs on its self-titled full-length debut.

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Why The KKK Is Reaching Out Beyond White Folks

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 10:33am

Ku Klux Klan groups are diversifying their aims and marketing themselves to people of color. But these moves aren't new: The Klan has long tried to position itself as a mainstream civic organization.

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Book News: Isabel Allende To Be Awarded Presidential Medal Of Freedom

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 9:48am

The Chilean-American novelist is among 19 people slated to receive the highest civilian honor in the U.S. Also: The fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm get a gruesome new translation.

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'New Girl' And The Optics Of Breast Whispering

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 9:17am

Tuesday night's New Girl took Schmidt's obsession with Cece to a weird place. Well, a weirder place. We wonder: was it too weird?

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The Data You're OK Sharing And What You Don't Want Others To See

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 9:13am

People consider their personal health information to be more sensitive than their religious views or purchasing habits, according to a survey on privacy by the Pew Research Center.

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In Alaska's Senate Race, Republican Sullivan Upsets Incumbent

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 8:13am

The late call in Alaska's vote is due to a close margin on Election Day and the time required to collect all the ballots from the state's far-flung polling places.

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Top Stories: New Climate Agreement; Comet Landing Mission

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 7:28am

Also: Frigid temperatures sweep south; the Supreme Court takes up an Alabama re-districting case today; and a player from Sweden takes the $10 million prize in the World Series of Poker.

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Comet Landing: European Craft Due To Make Contact Today

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 7:25am

As it hopes to learn the Philae robotic lander successfully settled onto the comet's surface, the European Space Agency says it is in contact with the spacecraft.

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China And U.S., Titans Of Carbon Pollution, Move To Cut Gases

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 6:08am

China and the U.S. account for more than a third of greenhouse gases — making it vital that any broad climate plans include the pair.

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An Artist Draws His Journey Away From War And Death, With Gratitude

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 6:03am

Shigeru Mizuki's Showa 1944-1953 is the third volume of his massive, autobiographical history of Japan and WWII, packed with anger at generals who ordered him to die, and gratitude for his survival.

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Ventriloquist Challenges Gag Order Against His Puppet

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 6:03am

Satirist Conrad Koch of South Africa denies that his puppet Chester Missing engaged in hate speech. When asked why someone takes a puppet to court, Chester Missing tweeted "You need to be a dummy."

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Florida Election Officials Don't Bother With Write-In Votes

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 5:56am

The Tampa Tribune reports that state election officials increasingly are not bothering to tally write-in votes. It's a tragedy for Mickey Mouse, who as a resident of Florida, was often named.

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