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Brief Meeting Still Significant For Syria Talks

Sat, 2014-01-25 06:38

There were signs of progress at the Syria peace conference Saturday after the government and the opposition agreed to meet in the same room for the first time. Reporter Deborah Amos shares the latest from the talks in Geneva with NPR's Jacki Lyden.

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Ukraine Minister Says Talks With Protesters Are 'Futile'

Sat, 2014-01-25 06:37

The comment comes as protesters moved to seize government buildings in and around the capital, Kiev, where unrest has intensified in recent days.

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Eyes On 2016, GOP Revisits The Rebranding

Sat, 2014-01-25 06:08

The Republican National Committee's annual meetings this week provided an opportunity to see how far Republicans have come in an effort, begun a year ago, to reach out to new voters — especially young people, minorities and women.

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Eternal Vanity: 'The Art Of The Dressing Table'

Sat, 2014-01-25 05:42

Ever since there have been puddles of water, human beings have gazed at their reflections. Our need to primp and preen, whether we live in the Bronze Age or the Space Age, is on display in a new exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum in New York called Vanities: The Art of the Dressing Table.

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Police Make Arrest In Fatal Shooting At SC State University

Sat, 2014-01-25 05:28

The suspect was charged with murder early Saturday in connection with Friday's killing of Brandon Robinson, a member of the school's football team.

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Li Na Wins A Second Grand Slam At Australian Open

Sat, 2014-01-25 05:02

The Chinese tennis star defeated her Slovakian opponent, Dominika Cibulkova, 7-6 (3), 6-0. It's Li's second Grand Slam title after she won at the French Open in 2011.

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Artist Transforms Guns To Make Music — Literally

Sat, 2014-01-25 02:24

Mexican Artist Pedro Reyes wants to encourage questions about the availability of deadly weapons, so he turns guns into shovels and most recently, unique musical instruments.

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NFL Fines Seattle's Richard Sherman Nearly $8,000

Fri, 2014-01-24 18:02

Days after his conduct in the NFC title game sparked a wide-ranging controversy, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has been fined for what the NFL calls unsportsmanlike conduct and taunting.

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Student Is Shot And Killed At S.C. State University

Fri, 2014-01-24 16:58

The shooting took place at a dormitory around 1:30 p.m. The Orangeburg, S.C., campus was locked down for hours afterward; a search for the suspects is still underway off-campus, officials said.

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Immigrants Won't Be Shackled At San Francisco Court Hearings

Fri, 2014-01-24 16:08

The new procedure is part of a settlement between immigration officials and civil rights advocates. Shackles will now only be used in an emergency and during master calendar hearings. It's unclear what effect the agreement will have nationally.

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High Court Grants Nuns Temporary Exemption From Birth Control Mandate

Fri, 2014-01-24 15:51

The Little Sisters of the Poor, a group of nuns from Denver, are suing the Obama administration over the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate. The court put the mandate on hold, while the case is decided by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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String Of Oil Train Crashes Prompts Push For Safety Rules

Fri, 2014-01-24 15:20

The National Transportation Safety Board is calling for the swift enactment of tough new standards on trains carrying crude oil. With the huge increase in oil shipped by rail across North America, safety officials warn another major disaster could be looming.

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An Unconventional Contender Emerges As GOP Ponders 2016 Convention

Fri, 2014-01-24 15:01

Las Vegas may seem to be an unlikely place for Republicans to gather to nominate their next presidential candidate. That's exactly why city leaders are getting such a head start on their pitch to do just that.

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New Study Shakes Up Science On Midwest Quake Zone

Fri, 2014-01-24 14:59

The fault that sparked a series of magnitude 7 earthquakes in 1811-12 had been thought dead, but the latest research suggests the region is still alive and kicking.

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Judge Tells Hospital To Take Pregnant Woman Off Life Support

Fri, 2014-01-24 14:47

A North Texas judge has ordered a Fort Worth hospital to remove life support from a woman who is 22 weeks pregnant. Her family says Marlise Munoz is brain-dead; the hospital has cited a state law requiring her to be kept alive.

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Holder Favors Pot Banking, And Legal Dealers Shrug

Fri, 2014-01-24 14:09

The attorney general's view could make it easier for marijuana businesses to have bank accounts. But shop owners say they never doubted that banks want a cut of a billion-dollar industry.

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In The Super Bowl Ad Game, One Small Business Will Win Big

Fri, 2014-01-24 13:28

This year, one lucky little company's professionally produced commercial will air during the Super Bowl's third quarter — all free — thanks to a contest held by the software firm Intuit. The four finalists include an organic egg farm and a natural compost supplier. For Intuit, it's a smart way to drum up more business.

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The Healthy, Not The Young, May Determine Health Law's Fate

Fri, 2014-01-24 13:25

Much has been made of the need for young, healthy people to sign up if the Affordable Care Act is going to work. But it may be that the key word here is not young, but healthy. Insurance companies get paid more for older people, regardless of their health.

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Dow Loses 318 Points, The Most In One Day Since June

Fri, 2014-01-24 13:24

The index joined the rout that hit European and Asian markets on fears that the global economy is slowing.

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Trouble In Emerging Markets Causes Stocks To Take A Tumble

Fri, 2014-01-24 13:00

Stocks turned sharply lower on Friday. Both the S&P 500 and Nasdaq indices continued to tumble for the second straight day. The drop is part of a global selloff, as investors focus on the growing financial turmoil in the developing world.

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