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Black Fraternities And Sororities Split On Protest Policy

NPR News - Sat, 2014-12-13 12:18

Members of African-American fraternities and sororities are among the thousands of people who have joined recent demonstrations. But some of those groups discourage displaying official gear.

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A Reason To Respect The Miss World Pageant

NPR News - Sat, 2014-12-13 11:43

They parade in swimsuits. They swan in evening gowns. And they bring global health issues into the spotlight.

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Senate Struggles To Pass Trillion-Dollar Spending Bill

NPR News - Sat, 2014-12-13 09:46

Senators meet in a rare Saturday session in hopes of resolving last-minute differences over the "cromnibus" measure before a midnight deadline.

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Dispatches From D.C.'s 'March For Justice'

NPR News - Sat, 2014-12-13 08:06

Demonstrators gather in the nation's capital to protest the deaths of African Americans at the hands of white police officers. Here's a look at reports from social media.

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Protesters Rally In 'Justice For All' March Through D.C.

NPR News - Sat, 2014-12-13 06:39

Thousands are expected to attend the march sparked by anger over the fatal police shootings of Michael Brown and Tamir Rice and the choking death of Eric Garner.

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Government Funding Bill Rolls Back Trucker Rest Requirements

NPR News - Sat, 2014-12-13 06:37

One of the many policy riders tucked inside the trillion-dollar spending bill reverses a rule that long-haul truckers take two nights off for every 70 hours they drive. Safety groups are angry.

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Thailand's Crown Prince Divorces Amid Reports Of Palace Intrigue

NPR News - Sat, 2014-12-13 05:33

Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, son of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, and his now ex-wife, Princess Srirasmi, have ended their 13-year marriage, the palace says.

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2 U.S. Soldiers Among More Than A Dozen Killed In Afghan Attacks

NPR News - Sat, 2014-12-13 04:29

An Afghan Supreme Court official and 12 mine clearers were also among those killed in several attacks since late Friday.

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Hong Kong Protesters Leave The Streets, Not Their Cause

NPR News - Sat, 2014-12-13 04:11

Hong Kong's final pro-democracy protest camp was removed by the police this week. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Frank Langfitt about the future of the movement and relations with mainland China.

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Levin, Harkin, Coburn Among Senators Bidding Adieu

NPR News - Sat, 2014-12-13 04:11

The end of the 113th Congress means a lot of goodbyes for retiring members and for those who lost in November. That means, at least for a moment, partisanship took some time off on the Senate floor.

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Holder Won't Force NYT Journalist To Reveal Source

NPR News - Sat, 2014-12-13 04:11

The Justice Department has decided not to force journalist James Risen to reveal a source. Correspondent David Folkenflik talks to NPR's Scott Simon about a case that became a flashpoint for press freedom.

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Mazzetti: Brutal Interrogations Rose In CIA's Post-9/11 Chaos

NPR News - Sat, 2014-12-13 04:11

NPR's Scott Simon talks with New York Times reporter Mark Mazzetti about the evolution of the CIA's approach to counter-terrorism, from interrogations to drone attacks.

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Yale Law Professor: Torture Is Never Justified

NPR News - Sat, 2014-12-13 04:11

Bloomberg View columnist Stephen Carter tells NPR's Scott Simon that, whether or not the CIA's interrogation techniques produced viable intelligence, they were still morally wrong.

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Outrage On The Left And Right As Senate Delays Spending Vote

NPR News - Sat, 2014-12-13 04:11

The Senate is poised to pass the trillion-dollar spending bill that narrowly cleared the House this week. But anger about the measure from both parties has delayed the Senate.

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Activists Gather On Washington Mall To Protest Police Violence

NPR News - Sat, 2014-12-13 04:11

Civil rights leaders and other activists are marching in Washington, D.C., on Saturday to pressure Congress to take action in the wake of recent shooting deaths of blacks by police officers.

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Oil Prices Go Down, Russia's Gold Buying Goes Up

NPR News - Sat, 2014-12-13 04:11

Russia, China and other emerging market countries have been buying up large quantities of gold, something governments and individuals have done for centuries during uncertain economic times.

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Just Under The Surface, Palestinian Rivals Remain Bitterly Divided

NPR News - Sat, 2014-12-13 04:11

The two leading Palestinian factions recently agreed to end a feud and work together. But in the Gaza Strip, the wounds have not healed from a nasty bout of infighting in 2007.

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A Michel Du Cille Disciple Remembers His Late, Great Boss

NPR News - Sat, 2014-12-13 03:03

NPR's Ben de la Cruz worked for du Cille at the Washington Post. Stunned by the news of the photographer's death in Liberia, de la Cruz tells what he learned from the man with the gentle soul.

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Police Arrest Suspect In Shooting Outside Portland High School

NPR News - Sat, 2014-12-13 02:35

Authorities say they stopped a vehicle around 1:30 a.m. Saturday and arrested a 22-year-old man. A handgun was found in the vehicle.

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Hanukkah History: Those Chocolate Coins Were Once Real Tips

NPR News - Sat, 2014-12-13 01:19

Many Jewish families celebrate the holiday by handing out gelt, chocolate coins covered in gold and silver. These days they're treats for kids. But the practice began as a way to thank labor.

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