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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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Gates: Obama Made Solid Decisions, But Was Swayed By Factious Staff

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

In a long and surprisingly frank interview with Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep, former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates talked about his relationship with the commander in chief and his rivalry with Vice President Joe Biden, and described a deep rift between the approaches of senior military leadership and Obama's young Cabinet.

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Internet In America: An On Again, Off Again Relationship

NPR News - Sun, 2014-01-12 15:34

For some Americans, getting high-speed Internet can be a challenge. According to the American Customer Satisfaction Index, consumers rate Internet service providers worse than airlines, the postal service and health insurance in terms of satisfaction.

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The Case Against Hugging, Dead Authors, Sharon Jones

NPR News - Sun, 2014-01-12 15:15

In this week's podcast, we hear a researcher's objections to hugging, comedian Paul F. Tompkins brings authors back from the dead, and Sharon Jones beats cancer and releases a long-awaited album.

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Former Pastor Decides To Spend A Year Without God

NPR News - Sun, 2014-01-12 13:00

Ryan Bell was asked to step down from his Seventh-day Adventist congregation in March, after questioning his faith. For his New Year's resolution, Bell has decided to "try on" atheism and put his role as a religious leader — and follower — on hold.

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Should NAACP Image Awards Only Go To African-Americans?

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

The organization has unveiled its nominees for the 45th annual Image Awards, established to honor African-American performers who are often ignored by mainstream Hollywood. Some nominees are white, others of South-Asian or Latino heritage. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans wonders if that changes the meaning of the ceremony.

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The U.N. Has Stopped Counting, But Syrians Keep Dying

NPR News - Sun, 2014-01-12 12:07

The Syrian death toll has passed 100,000 but it's become too difficult to accurately keep track of all the killings, according to the United Nations. Here's the story of one recent death: a nurse who had helped establish a makeshift clinic in one of Syria's most contested cities.

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The Globes Will Be Golden, But Hollywood Remains Mostly White

NPR News - Sun, 2014-01-12 11:17

Sunday's Golden Globes celebratie a diverse group of actors, but beyond those standouts, Hollywood is still a tough town for minorities. In a "who-you-know" business, professionals say, the only color that really matters is green.

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Pope Francis Names 19 New Cardinals, None From The U.S.

NPR News - Sun, 2014-01-12 11:13

Francis elevated archbishops from the Ivory Coast, Brazil, Argentina, Nicaragua, Chile and Haiti. They are in keeping with his message of ministering to the poor.

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Iran, World Powers Will Begin Implementing Interim Nuclear Agreement

NPR News - Sun, 2014-01-12 09:30

Beginning Jan. 20, Iran will begin eliminating its stockpile of higher levels of enriched uranium. In exchange, the U.S. and its partners will ease some sanctions on Iran.

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French First Lady In Hospital, Following Reports Of Hollande Affair

NPR News - Sun, 2014-01-12 09:16

One observer calls the episode a "very British scandal about a very French affair." French laws and culture make publishing stories about affairs rare.

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Nation's New Mayors Revive Big City Liberalism

NPR News - Sun, 2014-01-12 08:00

New mayors in cities such as New York, Boston and Minneapolis have made income inequality and racial inclusion top priorities. That's a different tack than some other recent progressive mayors, who focused more on keeping cities safe and budgets balanced.

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Chemical In West Va. Water More Diluted, But Still Unsafe

NPR News - Sun, 2014-01-12 07:59

Authorities said the numbers are moving in the right direction, but they're still days away from giving an all-clear.

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Four Years After Earthquake, Many In Haiti Remain Displaced

NPR News - Sun, 2014-01-12 07:53

Four years ago, an earthquake heavily damaged Port-au-Prince and killed more than 200,000 people. Many areas of the Haitian capital now look much like they did before the 7.0-magnitude quake. But nearly 150,000 are still living in temporary structures.

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The Struggle Against A Newly Resurgent Al-Qaida

NPR News - Sun, 2014-01-12 06:15

Sunni leaders in Iraq are trying to retake control of two important cities in Anbar province. That's raising fears in Afghanistan, where al-Qaida operatives still reside near the border with Pakistan. The Washington Post's David Ignatius talks to NPR's Rachel Martin about the rise of al-Qaida-affiliated groups and America's relations with Afghanistan.

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Sam Berns, Teen Known For His Fight Against 'Aging Disease,' Dies

NPR News - Sun, 2014-01-12 06:14

Berns was the star of a popular documentary on progeria, a disease that accelerates aging. His parents, spurred by Sam's own illness, were instrumental in the discovery of the first drug to treat the disease.

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Israelis Pay Respects To Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon

NPR News - Sun, 2014-01-12 05:02

Sharon's casket was lying in state outside the Knesset on Sunday. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sharon was "one of the greatest military leaders."

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