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U.Va. Ushers In New Year With Updated Rules For Frat Parties

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-18 13:19

After Rolling Stone reported, then hedged on a story of gang rape at a University of Virginia frat house, U.Va. administrators announced new rules for parties for the upcoming year.

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Calif. Strike Highlights Larger Issues With Mental Health System

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-18 12:57

This past week, more than 2,000 mental health workers for health care giant Kaiser Permanente went on strike. Organizers say Kaiser's "chronic failure" to provide timely, quality care hurts patients.

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Broken Promises On Display At Native American Treaties Exhibit

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-18 12:57

A rare exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian explores the history of treaties between Native American nations and the U.S.

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Delegation Of Congressional Democrats Visits Cuba

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-18 11:26

The group of four senators and two congressional representatives will meet with members of the Cuban government in hopes of enhancing cooperation between the long-time adversaries.

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Most Experts Are Betting On A Seattle Vs. New England Super Bowl

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-18 10:25

Championships for the NFC and the AFC will be determined today in games pitting the Seahawks against the Green Bay Packers and the Patriots against the Indianapolis Colts.

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King's Family Builds Its Own Legacy Of Legal Battles

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-18 08:39

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s children have feuded bitterly over his legacy for years. They're often criticized, but some believe their desire to tightly control their father's estate is fair.

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Republican Leaders Dismiss Obama's Tax Proposal As 'Not Serious'

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-18 08:23

House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and others have rebuffed the president's plan to cut taxes for middle income earners by raising them on the wealthiest Americans.

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Prominent Irish Government Minister Comes Out As Gay

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-18 06:59

Leo Varadkar, speaking to Irish radio, also says he supports an upcoming referendum to approve same-sex marriage in the traditionally conservative Catholic country.

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Ukraine Launches Major Offensive To Retake Donetsk Airport

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-18 05:57

After a night of intense shelling by government forces, much of the airport has reportedly been retaken from Russian-backed separatists.

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Tech Program Helps Put Latinos On A Path To Silicon Valley

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-18 05:23

A unique class of college students from California's Salinas Valley — many the children of farmworkers and immigrants — is working toward careers in major tech companies.

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ISIS Frees 200 Elderly Yazidis; Reportedly 'Too Expensive To Feed'

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-18 05:07

The mostly infirm refugees from the religious minority were released by the self-declared Islamic State. Speculation is that they had become a burden to the militants.

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Obama's Trouble Articulating The State Of The Economy

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-18 05:05

It's easy to give a rousing State of the Union speech when the economy is doing well, but Obama has had a hard time hitting the right note in years when the country was hurting.

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Record Turnout For Pope's Sunday Mass In Manila

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-18 04:08

Francis concludes his four-day visit to the region's only predominately Catholic country advocating for the poor and warning against the government's "insidious" family planning program.

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Researchers Learn To Dust Feathers For Fingerprints

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-18 03:40

Researchers in Scotland say they have a new way to investigate the killing of large birds of prey. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to forensic scientist Dennis Gentles about dusting birds for fingerprints.

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State Of The Union Is Obama's Big Chance To Frame The Debate

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-18 03:40

During his State of the Union address, President Obama will announce a plan to help the middle class and raise taxes on the wealthy. NPR's Mara Liasson previews the speech with NPR's Rachel Martin.

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Guards Watch Muslim, Jewish Sites As Dark Mood Descends On Paris

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-18 03:40

Police continue making arrests in Europe, saying they've halted terrorist plots. NPR's Dina Temple-Raston discusses the latest on the investigation into the attack in Paris with NPR's Rachel Martin.

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Longtime Church Organist Keeps Traditional Hymns Alive

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-18 03:40

Churches are retiring their hymnals and organs, hoping to attract younger crowds, but at West Auburn Congregational in Maine, Charles Marshall has been playing for 70 years with no plans to retire.

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Pakistan Pressures Afghan Refugees To Go Home

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-18 03:40

Following the massacre of more than 130 students in Pakistan, authorities are responding with draconian measures. Officials are focusing on Afghan refugees, even though the killers were Pakistani.

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Racist Incidents Fall Through France's Information Gap

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-18 03:40

There were 1,274 racist incidents in France in 2013, according to the government. But it's not clear who was affected and how. NPR's Rachel Martin learns more from data analyst Mona Chalabi.

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In LA, Building Ties To Counter Religious Extremism

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-18 03:40

Law enforcement is working to detect and prevent radical Islam in the U.S. On this week's For The Record, NPR's Rachel Martin presents different perspectives on what prevention looks like today.

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