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Liz Cheney Drops Senate Bid Due To Family 'Health Issues'

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-06 04:00

The former vice president's daughter split Republicans in Wyoming with her challenge to a fellow conservative, Sen. Mike Enzi. She also sparked a public family feud with her opposition to same-sex marriage.

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Amazon Locavore: Meet The Man Putting Brazilian Food On The Map

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-06 00:06

Alex Atala's Sao Paulo restaurant, D.O.M., is ranked among the top 10 restaurants in the world. His cuisines, which showcases irridescent insects, delicate jungle herbs and other ingredients from the Amazon, is pushing the frontiers of gastronomy.

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Figure Skater With 'Happy Feet' Hopes To Clinch Spot In Sochi

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-06 00:03

With only two slots on the U.S. men's Olympic figure skating team, the competition is tough. But three-time U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott — who has yet to deliver on the world stage — wants 2014 to be the year he takes a medal.

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Madrid's Street Performers Now Must Audition To Hold Out A Hat

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-06 00:03

A new noise reduction law in Spain's capital also prohibits amplifiers and requires entertainers to move along every two hours. The city's famed buskers who pass an audition get a free, one-year renewable permit to perform outdoors; those who don't pass muster could face fines for disturbing the peace.

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Dental Coverage Deciphered, And The Latest On Sign-Up Deadlines

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-06 00:02

Children automatically get dental coverage through Affordable Care Act policies, and adults can buy dental insurance if they wish. That's one of the big changes under the health care law. And everyone has until March 31 to buy insurance and avoid penalties.

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An Honorable Last Wish For A Dying Marine

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-06 00:01

Hal Faulkner was kicked out of the Marines in 1956 for homosexuality. He's now terminally ill, and the Marine Corps expedited his dying wish to correct his status to "honorable discharge." Since the Pentagon changed its policy, tens of thousands of gay veterans are navigating a maze of red tape to correct their discharges status and gain access to VA benefits.

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Last BCS Title Game Matches Domination & Destiny

NPR News - Sun, 2014-01-05 23:11

Before the Bowl Championship Series is replaced next year by a playoff, No. 1 Florida State and No. 2 Auburn will meet in its last title game Monday night at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

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Lawyer: Brain Dead Girl Moved From Calif. Hospital

NPR News - Sun, 2014-01-05 23:01

The California teen declared brain dead after a tonsillectomy has been taken out of Children's Hospital of Oakland, her family's attorney said late Sunday. Her destination was not immediately disclosed.

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The Internet's Cicada: A Mystery Without An Answer

NPR News - Sun, 2014-01-05 15:11

Two years ago, strange sets of bewildering puzzles appeared on the Internet, with a message encouraging "highly intelligent individuals" to try to break the code. The code led to more clues spanning a global Internet mystery, that has yet to be solved.

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Calif. Toxin Law Warns Consumers, But Can Burden Businesses

NPR News - Sun, 2014-01-05 14:54

Proposition 65 requires businesses to post public announcements about toxic chemicals in in their products. The law has been on the books for more than 20 years, and though it protects consumers, some say lawsuits over compliance disproportionately affect small businesses.

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In Sao Paulo, Organic Markets Are Beginning To Take Off

NPR News - Sun, 2014-01-05 11:32

In the biggest city in Latin America, the pickings are pretty slim for local, organic food: The city has just 20 organic farmers' markets. But many Brazilian farmers rely heavily on pesticides, and health-conscious consumers are starting to seek alternatives.

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Kerry Appears To Signal Openness To Iran Role In Syria Talks

NPR News - Sun, 2014-01-05 09:55

The U.S. has long opposed an Iranian role in the so-called Geneva II talks later this month, but Secretary of State John Kerry's comments in Jerusalem may be the first sign that opposition is softening. Iran is a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, whose forces are battling a range of rebel groups, some of them backed by the West.

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The Campaign For Jobless Benefits Begins In Congress

NPR News - Sun, 2014-01-05 08:58

Senate Democrats will ring in the New Year with a vote on a three-month extension of benefits for the long-term unemployed. Benefits for those jobless for more than six months expired on Dec. 28. Prospects for a revival of benefits are uncertain at best in the Senate, and the measure faces even bigger hurdles in the House.

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Pope Francis Says He'll Visit Holy Land In May

NPR News - Sun, 2014-01-05 08:50

He made the announcement Sunday while giving his weekly blessing at the Vatican. The trip would be the pope's second foreign trip, following his visit to Brazil in July 2013.

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Israel's Sharon Fights For Life, But Doctors 'Pessimistic'

NPR News - Sun, 2014-01-05 08:27

The head of the hospital where Ariel Sharon is being treated says the former Israeli prime minister is "fighting like a lion," but his condition is still critical. The 85-year-old has been in a coma since suffering a stroke in 2006.

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U.S. Icebreaker On The Way To Rescue Ships Trapped In Antarctic

NPR News - Sun, 2014-01-05 07:53

The Polar Star, a Coast Guard cutter, is expected to take seven days to reach the 123 crew members still stuck on the Russian and Chinese vessels. Meanwhile, the 52 scientists and paying passengers who were trapped aboard the Russian vessel are on their way home.

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No Relief Forecast After One Of California's Driest Years Ever

NPR News - Sun, 2014-01-05 07:10

While the East Coast is digging out from a major winter storm, California is praying for rain. The state just finished one of the driest years on record, and that has water managers, farmers and others worried.

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At Least 20 Dead In Baghdad Blasts; Fighting In Anbar Continues

NPR News - Sun, 2014-01-05 06:58

A wave of blasts in the capital targeted Shiite areas. The attacks come as Sunni militants step up their campaign against the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Al-Qaida-linked militants have taken over parts of Ramadi and Fallujah in Anbar province.

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New York Weighs Easing Limits On Marijuana Use

NPR News - Sun, 2014-01-05 06:00

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is reportedly considering allowing the use of the drug for medicinal purposes. An announcement is expected Wednesday during his annual State of the State address. Medical marijuana is already legal in 20 states and the District of Columbia.

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'Polar Vortex' Brings Bitter Cold, Heavy Snow To U.S.

NPR News - Sun, 2014-01-05 05:22

The National Weather Service warns of "life-threatening wind chill" in the North and Central U.S. On top of the extreme temperatures, heavy snow is expected Sunday in parts of the Midwest.

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