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Supreme Court Ends Arizona's Bid To Reinstate 20-Week Abortion Ban

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-13 07:05

With the high court refusing to hear the state's appeal, a lower court ruling striking down the ban remains.

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The Golden Globes Share The Wealth, Such As It Is

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-13 06:25

The Golden Globes are ridiculous, always. And Sunday night was no exception. Still, there's something about the goofball charm of this often tipsy ceremony that's easier to take than some parts of awards season.

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Gates Says He Wept Each Evening Over Troops' Deaths

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-13 06:21

The former secretary of defense also tells NPR that he fears extended tours of duty in war zones contributed to a rise in suicides among military personnel.

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Thailand's Opposition Launches Mass Rallies To Close Bangkok

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-13 06:20

Demonstrators have vowed to continue the protests until Feb. 2 elections are called off and Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is driven from office.

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Permit To Hunt And Kill One Black Rhino Sold For $350,000

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-13 05:45

Namibian officials issue five permits per year to hunt the endangered animal. For the first time, one was auctioned off outside that country. Proceeds will go toward conservation of the herd. But critics say it's not right to kill one animal in a bid to save others.

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Ariel Sharon Remembered As Man Of War And Peace

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-13 04:50

The former Israeli leader died Saturday. He was 85. Vice President Biden called Sharon an "indomitable bulldozer." Sharon was buried Monday on his ranch in southern Israel.

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Slowly, Water Is Flowing Again In West Virginia

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-13 04:00

A chemical spill Thursday led officials to warn customers across nine counties not to use the water coming from their taps. About 300,000 people are affected. Officials say tests of the water have been encouraging, and that they've begun a systematic restart of the system.

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Israel Holds Memorial Ceremony For Ariel Sharon

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-13 01:48

Hundreds of Israeli VIPs and international dignitaries attended a state memorial ceremony for the late Ariel Sharon on Monday. They remembered the controversial former prime minister as a fearless warrior and bold leader who devoted his life to protecting his country's security.

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Balance Of Power At Stake In High Court Case

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-13 00:09

At issue in the Supreme Court on Monday is whether the president's power to make temporary appointments during the Senate recess can be curtailed by the use of pro forma Senate sessions during which no business is conducted.

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Pain In The Back? Exercise May Help You Learn Not To Feel It

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-13 00:09

There's evidence that many standard treatments for back pain — including surgery, spinal injections and painkillers — are often ineffective and can even worsen and prolong the problem.

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Decades Later, Desegregation Still On The Docket In Little Rock

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-13 00:07

It's been nearly 60 years since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down racially-segregated schools in Brown v. The Board of Education. On Monday, a federal judge in Little Rock, Ark., holds a hearing on ending a school desegregation case rooted in the notorious standoff over the black students who integrated all-white Central High school in 1957.

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Transcript: Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' Interview With NPR

NPR News - Sun, 2014-01-12 21:02

Full transcript of unedited interview with Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep.

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