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Sen. Marco Rubio Hopes For A Congress 'Whose Work Is Relevant' To Americans

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-01 00:02

The Republican party begins 2015 in control of both chambers of Congress. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., talks with Steve Inskeep about the party's priorities and the possibility of a presidential bid.

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With Rescue Dogs In Demand, More Shelters Look Far Afield For Fido

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-31 23:50

In many parts of the country, demand for adoptive pets outstrips the supply of healthy dogs. Many shelters and rescue groups now import dogs from other states — and even other countries.

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Ebola Aid Workers Still Avoiding New York And New Jersey

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-31 23:49

It's been months since a nurse who treated Ebola patients in Africa was quarantined by New Jersey's governor upon arrival at Newark airport. But a legacy of confusion about state travel rules remains.

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Pastry With Soul. It's That Simple

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-31 23:49

New York pastry chef Brooks Headley calls his cookbook Fancy Desserts. But his Italian grandmother is his real inspiration, he says, and she was all about homestyle: simple and fresh.

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Flood Damage Restored, Aging Congregation Still Faces Challenges

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-31 23:48

Chapel of the Interlude in Drake, Colo., was damaged in 2013 when a flood brought mud, sticks and other debris into the building. So the aging congregation came together and restored their oasis.

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Kim Jong Un Welcomes Talks With South Korea, In New Year's Day Speech

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-31 21:04

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said in nationally televised New Year's speech on Thursday that he is open to a summit with his South Korean counterpart.

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A Break In Weather Allows Search For AirAsia Jet To Resume

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-31 20:20

Blue skies and calmer seas mean divers can enter the water to look for bodies. Also a source close to the investigation says radar shows the jet climbed steeply before crashing into the Java Sea.

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Stampede Kills 35 At Shanghai New Year's Celebration

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-31 19:38

At least 42 were hurt in the incident at the city's historic waterfront district, despite efforts made by organizers to reduce crowd sizes from last year.

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A Haven In A Land Of Unsafe Abortions

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-31 13:29

In India, abortions are legal. But women are often afraid or ashamed to seek an abortion. And for rural women, there may not be a facility nearby. Here is the story of one woman's decision.

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Long-Awaited College Football Playoff Finally Here

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-31 13:19

In one semifinal, top-ranked Alabama is pitted against Ohio State. In the other, defending champion and undefeated Florida State takes on Oregon. Robert Siegel talks to Grantland's Holly Anderson.

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Luck Be A Lentil Tonight! What The World Eats To Welcome The New Year

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-31 13:10

From Italy to Japan to the Philippines, people will hope for happiness, health and wealth as they sit down to a New Year's meal. Sometimes that last wish is expressed as actual money in the food.

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'Gilmore Girls' Actor Edward Herrmann, Who Also Portrayed FDR, Dies

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-31 13:03

He played the head vampire in The Lost Boys, a three-term president on TV and a beloved grandfather. The Emmy- and Tony-winning actor was 71. The cause was brain cancer, his manager said.

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No-Kill Shelters Save Millions Of Unwanted Pets — But Not All Of Them

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-31 12:26

In the 20 years since San Francisco's SPCA guaranteed adoption for healthy dogs, shelters and rescue groups have embraced the no-kill approach. But the term means different things to different people.

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Rain Eases California Drought Anxiety, If Not The Actual Drought

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-31 12:26

This year was the third-driest on record for the state, but recent storms, plus new groundwater regulations, have given the hardest-hit agricultural towns a glimmer of hope.

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6 Reasons Steve Scalise Will Survive His Speech Scandal

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-31 12:26

The House majority whip's protestations of innocence about EURO and its views have strained credulity, both in Washington and in Louisiana. But it's not nearly enough to bring him down.

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After Years Of Conflict, U.S. Mission Shifts In Afghanistan

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-31 12:26

With the start of the new year, the more than 10,000 American troops remaining there will take on more of a supporting role. But Afghan forces will still need help fighting the Taliban.

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The Prostitutes Are Not Happy. Neither Are Brides. Sex, Love And Ebola

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-31 12:26

The prostitutes of Freetown can't find customers. A wedding planner's shop is stuffed with dresses but couples keep delaying the big day. And the condomologist reports that business isn't booming.

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2014 Stories At The Intersection Of Race And Sports

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-31 12:24

As the year winds down, Code Switch is taking a step back to pay tribute to some important — but perhaps forgotten — stories about race and sports.

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Palestinians Seek To Join International Criminal Court

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-31 11:57

Membership in the ICC could allow the Palestinians a means to pursue war crimes charges against Israel. But the move is likely to draw sharp response from Israel and the U.S.

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Oil prices end the year on a low note

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-12-31 11:49

Oil prices, perhaps fittingly, ended the year with another drop. The 1 percent decline came after news of (even) more supply than we expected and (even) weaker demand. For the year, oil prices are down by half.

"Let's say you bet on oil prices rising, you just got two more lumps of coal in your stocking as far as data," says Marketplace's Scott Tong.

Chinese factories appear to have slowed down, and they buy a lot of oil. And the amount of petroleum on the shelf in storage in the U.S. went up. The price of oil is at its lowest in five years. "And if we measure it in terms of gasoline, the last time it was $2.30 a gallon nationally was the summer of 2008," Tong says.

Last quarter, the U.S. economy grew 5 percent. So cheap crude can be seen as a good thing for those in the airline, travel and hotel industries. It also helps consumers who still carry cash in their pockets. "If we look globally, the emerging locomotives of China and India, they rely a lot more on energy to grow," says Tong. "This is a bigger boost for those countries than it is here."

But, there's also losers. Electric vehicles, alternative fuels and oil producing countries and companies are hurting right now.

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