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The Church Bathroom That Stood As A Monument To A Segregated Past

NPR News - Sat, 2014-01-11 02:26

When the bathroom building went up behind a small Louisiana church in 1959, the doors were painted different colors. Ushers would follow black parishioners outside to make sure they entered the correct door. The once-segregated bathroom recently became part of a discussion of racism, a from-the-pulpit apology, and a demolition.

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Historic House Is Yours Free, But There's A Catch

NPR News - Sat, 2014-01-11 02:25

In an effort to save a tiny 1920s Sears kit house from demolition, architects are offering it free to anyone who can move it to another property. Current owners of the Arlington, Va., plot want to build a bigger home where the kit house stands.

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Former Reagan White House Spokesman Larry Speakes Dies

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-10 19:00

Speaks became acting White House press secretary after President Ronald Reagan and Press Secretary James Brady were shot in a 1981 assassination attempt — and held the position for six years. He was 74.

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Neiman Marcus Says Hackers Stole Credit Card Data

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-10 17:47

The upscale retailer isn't yet saying how many customers might be at risk, but it is confirming that a breach of credit card data took place. The company says it learned of "potentially unauthorized payment card activity" before Christmas.

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$1.35 Billion In Losses Reported By Nevada's Major Casinos

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-10 16:55

For the fifth straight year, Nevada's big casinos report net losses – a total of $1.35 billion in the most recent fiscal year. Statewide, 263 casinos grossed at least $1 million in gaming revenue, totaling $23 billion, according to a report released by the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

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Will Bad Jobless Data Spur Action On Unemployment Insurance?

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-10 16:17

Just as the Senate seemed to descend into another round of partisan gridlock, this time over extending emergency jobless benefits, the arrival of a surprisingly weak December jobs report raised the pressure on lawmakers to act.

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The Upside Of The Bitter Cold: It Kills Bugs That Kill Trees

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-10 15:45

Scientists say that the freezing weather can help reduce the population of a beetle that harms trees, as well as other invasive species. In Minnesota, up to 80 percent of the beetle's larvae may die off, buying some time for those who feared its negative effects on the ash tree population.

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N.J. Bridge Scandal: New Emails And Documents Are Released

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-10 14:44

A New Jersey committee released a trove of documents Friday that shed more light on the bridge lane-closure scandal that is embroiling Republican Gov. Chris Christie's administration. The panel is seeking details on what's seen as an act of political retribution.

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American Beer Fans, Praise The Heavens: A Trappist Brewery In U.S.

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-10 13:54

Trappist monks are known for producing some of the world's finest beers. But until recently, all of them were brewed in Europe. Next week, Spencer Trappist Ale, made by the monks of St. Joseph's Abbey in Massachusetts, hits retail shelves.

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Marijuana 'Hash Oil' Explodes In Popularity, And Kitchens

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-10 13:51

A potent, syrupy extract of marijuana has become a popular way to ingest pot among young people, particularly in places where pot use has been liberalized. That has public safety officials worried, in part because making the substance can have explosive side effects.

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A Story Of The Boston Marathon Bombing, As Told On Skates

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-10 13:42

Figure skater Ross Miner hopes to qualify for the Winter Olympics, and the final competition starts Friday night in Boston, where Miner will perform his experience of last year's bombing, through moves and music.

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How A Community Bank Tripped On Footnote 1,861 Of The Volcker Rule

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-10 13:00

An obscure provision in the finance overhaul is causing problems for small banks. It turns out, it's hard to figure out which risks banks should be allowed to take.

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