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Details On The Administration's New College Ratings System

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 6:03am

A framework for measuring opportunity --and outcomes.

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3 Business Best-Sellers Show Inequality Is Now The Hot Topic

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 6:03am

Many business books try to help you get rich quick. But three of 2014's biggest sellers focused on unfairness and inequality. Economists say expect more: Books on inequality are riding a huge wave.

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What's Next For Cuba? The Headlines That Tell The Story

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 6:03am

The State Department says a delegation of diplomats will visit the island next month. The formal restoration of diplomatic ties is expected to be as easy as the two countries writing each other notes.

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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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Tourism Industry Gears Up For Cuban Travel Ban To Be Lifted

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

Obama says normalizing ties with Cuba will eventually mean relaxing rules on travel to Cuba. It may take some time for the new rules to take effect but travel agents are already getting phone calls.

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After Taliban Attack On School, Pakistanis Are Distraught, Angry

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

Renee Montagne talks to two of Pakistan's most renowned literary voices — Mohsin Hamid and Ayesha Jalal — about this week's attack on a school by fundamentalist forces.

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Review Panel: Secret Service Lacks Leadership

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

Experts have determined that the Secret Service needs more money, better training and a leader from outside the organization, according to a report released by the Department of Homeland Security.

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U.S. Authorities Investigate, Sony Reels From Computer Hack

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

The White House has stopped short of naming North Korea as the aggressor in the cyberattack against Sony Pictures. That hack resulted in the cancellation of the film The Interview.

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State Department To Begin Steps To Restore Ties With Cuba

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

A top state department official plans to go to Cuba next month. This week's announcement that the two countries would restore diplomatic ties comes a half a century after relations were severed.

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For An Island Trapped In The '50s, An Instant Digital Revolution

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 3:03am

Cuba is one of the least connected countries on Earth, with 5 percent of residents online. But it could become the Caribbean's largest market if the Castros open the nation up to the Internet.

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NORAD's Santa Tracker Began With A Typo And A Good Sport

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 3:02am

It all started in 1955 with a misprint in a Colorado newspaper and a call to Col. Harry Shoup's secret military hotline. Shoup played along with the tiny voice who called, and a tradition was born.

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7 Miles Beneath The Sea's Surface: Who Goes There?

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 3:02am

Marine scientists plumbing the deepest part of the ocean sent microphones and collection probes baited with chicken to the bottom of a trench near Guam. Now they watch, wait ... and listen.

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The Eye-Opening Saga Of Walter And Margaret Keane, Now On Screen

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 3:01am

Walter Keane made his name with wistful paintings of big-eyed children — paintings actually done by his wife. Tim Burton directs and Amy Adams stars in Big Eyes, a new movie about the Keanes.

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5 Under-The-Radar Reads From Librarian Nancy Pearl

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 3:00am

Pearl shares the books she loved this year that you might not have heard of. Her list includes a Hollywood satire, two thrillers, a young adult novel and a nonfiction book about World War I.

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The Administration's College Ratings: How It Looks On Campus

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 2:59am

The Education Department's unveiling today of a controversial ratings system has fueled a debate over what this kind of system can — or should — measure.

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Two Of Colorado's Neighbors Sue State Over Marijuana Law

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:23pm

Nebraska and Oklahoma have filed a lawsuit against Colorado with the U.S. Supreme Court, saying that its law legalizing marijuana isn't constitutional.

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