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Peaceful Protest Turns Chaotic In California's East Bay

NPR News - Mon, 2014-12-08 01:51

For a second straight night, a police brutality protest that started in Berkeley ended in arrests, this time after moving to Oakland and descending into vandalism and looting.

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Medicine's Subtle Art Gives A Man The Chance To Breathe Again

NPR News - Mon, 2014-12-08 01:08

When Bob Smithson could no longer breathe on his own and surgeons wanted to operate, his doctor decided to take a chance on a different treatment. That decision gave Bob another chance at life.

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New 'New Republic': A 'Vertically Integrated Digital Media Company'

NPR News - Mon, 2014-12-08 00:57

The magazine saw an exodus of 50 top contributors in the days after billionaire owner Chris Hughes, formerly of Facebook, announced The New Republic was going to move to New York and transform.

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Landrieu's Loss Flips Lingering Holdout Of Democrats' 'Solid South'

NPR News - Mon, 2014-12-08 00:57

In her runoff against Republican Bill Cassidy, incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu, D.-La., didn't just lose — she was walloped. The win gave the GOP complete dominance of the Deep South in the Senate.

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Justice Department Moves To Further Rein In Racial Profiling

NPR News - Mon, 2014-12-08 00:57

New guidelines being unveiled today will broaden rules for the FBI, ATF, DEA and other federal agencies, that will ban — or nearly ban — profiling by race, gender, religion or sexual orientation.

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Burnt Remains Of Missing Mexican Student Identified; 42 Still Not Found

NPR News - Mon, 2014-12-08 00:57

DNA testing confirmed that bone fragments from Mexico match relatives of Alexander Mora Venancio, one of a group of students from a rural college who officials say were abducted in September.

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Their Senate, Their Rules: GOP May Allow Blocking Of Nominees Again

NPR News - Mon, 2014-12-08 00:57

A year after Democratic Senators invoked a "nuclear option" to stop GOP filibusters of confirmation votes, Republicans are debating whether to switch back. Some say they're sick of the fighting.

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Old And Overmedicated: The Real Drug Problem In Nursing Homes

NPR News - Mon, 2014-12-08 00:57

Way too many residents of U.S. nursing homes are on antipsychotic drugs, critics say. It's often just for the convenience of the staff, to sedate patients agitated by dementia. That's illegal.

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Oh, Snap! NASA Promises Best Photo Yet Of Faraway Pluto

NPR News - Mon, 2014-12-08 00:57

A spacecraft on its way to Pluto has just woken up from hibernation. By next month, scientists expect to have the first good pictures of the dwarf planet. All the others have been, well, crummy.

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Their Senate, Their Rules: GOP May Allow Blocking Of Nominees Again

NPR News - Mon, 2014-12-08 00:57

A year after Democratic Senators invoked a "nuclear option" to stop GOP filibusters of confirmation votes, Republicans are debating whether to switch back. Some say they're sick of the fighting.

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When It Comes To Day Care, Parents Want All Children Vaccinated

NPR News - Mon, 2014-12-08 00:22

Parents have strong opinions about vaccination, a poll of parents done by the University of Michigan finds. Most want day care centers to require that children are up to date on their shots.

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U.S. Tech Firms See Green As They Set Up Shop In Low-Tax Ireland

NPR News - Mon, 2014-12-08 00:17

Google, Apple and other industry leaders have global headquarters in Ireland. But the U.S. Congress and others aren't happy, and the Irish are reconsidering some of these business-friendly tax laws.

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Congress Clashes Over Release Of CIA Torture Report

NPR News - Sun, 2014-12-07 22:46

Senate Democrats plan to release a long-withheld torture report this week, but the State Department wants more delay because of feared repercussions — both at home and overseas.

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6 Arrested For Looting Antiquities From Israel's 'Cave Of The Skulls'

NPR News - Sun, 2014-12-07 15:34

Israeli authorities released a photo of a 2000-year-old lice comb that was captured along with the men, who are accused of stealing objects from the area where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.

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Women Butchers Are Slicing Through The Meat World's Glass Ceiling

NPR News - Sun, 2014-12-07 12:54

The meat industry traditionally has been a male-dominated field. But as demand for local meat grows, that's made more room for women to carve out ownership roles in the business.

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Chlorine Gas Leak In Chicago Disrupts 'Furries' Convention

NPR News - Sun, 2014-12-07 12:22

At least 19 guests were treated and released at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare, where several thousand people, many dressed as animal characters, were attending the annual Midwest FurFest convention.

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Syria Says Israeli Warplanes Strike Targets Near Damascus

NPR News - Sun, 2014-12-07 10:41

The Syrian Observatory says the airstrikes appeared to target Hezbollah arms shipments.

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Washington Post Reporter, Detained For Months In Iran, Is Charged

NPR News - Sun, 2014-12-07 08:45

Jason Rezaian, the newspaper's Tehran bureau chief, was arrested in July, but the Iranian government has so far declined to say why.

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U.S. Reportedly Unaware Of Second Hostage Ahead Of Failed Rescue

NPR News - Sun, 2014-12-07 05:54

When U.S. Navy SEALs raided an al-Qaida hideout in a failed bid to rescue American Luke Somers, they didn't know that South African Pierre Korkie was also being held there.

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6 Gitmo Detainees Transferred To Uruguay, U.S. Says

NPR News - Sun, 2014-12-07 04:51

Four Syrians, one Tunisian and one Palestinian were released to the South American country early today as part of a deal to reduce the inmate population at the controversial prison.

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