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Freshman Representatives Start First Day In Congress

Tue, 2015-01-06 12:37

Robert Siegel talks to Republican Congresswoman Mimi Walters of California and Democratic Congressman Ruben Gallego of Arizona about starting their first term in Congress.

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Lawyers Try To Fight Death Penalty With New PTSD Understanding

Tue, 2015-01-06 12:37

A 66-year-old Vietnam vet is due to be executed next week for the 1998 murder of a deputy sheriff in Georgia. There's no question that he shot the officer thanks to a grisly dashcam video. But the man's lawyers say PTSD and mental illness were not taken into consideration at sentencing.

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Former Virginia Gov. McDonnell Sentenced To Two Years In Prison

Tue, 2015-01-06 12:37

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will spend two years in federal prison. McDonnell was sentenced on Tuesday. He and his wife were convicted of using the governor's office for favors to businessman Johnnie Williams in exchange for over $170,000 in loans and gifts.

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Keystone XL Pipeline Gets Another Chance With New Congress

Tue, 2015-01-06 12:37

With the new Congress sworn in and the GOP in charge, votes to advance the Keystone XL Pipeline are the first order of business.

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Obama And Mexican President Talk Cuba, Immigration

Tue, 2015-01-06 12:37

Two big issues between President Obama and his Mexican counterpart: Obama's recent controversial executive actions on immigration and Cuba.

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Anti-Muslim Rallies Grow In Germany

Tue, 2015-01-06 12:37

A movement tinged with anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim sentiment has been growing in the German city of Dresden since the fall. The city's weekly rally grew to some 18,000 people on Monday. Robert Siegel speaks with Melanie Amann, who covers German national politics for the newspaper Der Spiegel, about the so-called "PEGIDA" movement.

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From Paleo To Plant-Based, New Report Ranks Top Diets Of 2015

Tue, 2015-01-06 12:19

The caveman way of eating ranked near the bottom of a list of 35 diets ranked by medical and nutrition experts. The winners? The Mediterranean-like DASH and the plant-centric Ornish eating plan.

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Free-Climbing Yosemite's El Capitan Takes A Team — And Time

Tue, 2015-01-06 12:14

Two rock climbers are close to finishing a hugely ambitious project on El Capitan in the Yosemite Valley — free-climbing the Dawn Wall. They talked to NPR's Melissa Block from the rock face.

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Johnson, Smoltz, Martinez And Biggio Voted To Baseball's Hall

Tue, 2015-01-06 12:02

Three dominating pitchers and one resilient fan favorite are heading to Cooperstown, as Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio were named to Baseball's Hall of Fame Tuesday.

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Tight Control Of Type 1 Diabetes Saves Lives, But It's Tough

Tue, 2015-01-06 11:10

Keeping blood sugar under control reduces the risk of early death for people with Type 1 diabetes, a study finds. But keeping that tight control can be hard, even for people with good health care.

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Rewatching 'The Wire': Classic Crime Drama Seems Written For Today

Tue, 2015-01-06 11:02

As HBO releases the high-definition version of The Wire, NPR's Eric Deggans says that binge-watching the show feels more like reading today's headlines — especially on issues of race and class.

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Many Insurers Don't Cover Drugs For Weight Loss

Tue, 2015-01-06 11:01

Despite the intensifying efforts to turn back the obesity epidemic, Medicare and many private health plans are reluctant to pay for four medicines approved to help people shed pounds.

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Teaching Nurses How To Speak Up — And Speak Gently

Tue, 2015-01-06 10:59

In all parts of the world, nurses deliver most of a patient's care — especially in countries with limited medical resources. But who will train these nurses? Partners in Health has a plan.

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With The Saudi King Ailing, The Speculation Begins

Tue, 2015-01-06 10:41

King Abdullah, who's at least 90, was hospitalized last week and Crown Prince Salman delivered an annual televised speech Tuesday. One analyst says the kingdom is stable, perhaps too much so.

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Obama Will Veto Keystone XL Legislation, White House Says

Tue, 2015-01-06 10:34

The House, which has a Republican majority, is expected to vote on the controversial pipeline this week. The GOP-dominated Senate is considering a similar measure, which has bipartisan support.

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In Reversal, Belgium Denies Inmate's Request To Die

Tue, 2015-01-06 10:21

Days before he was scheduled to die, inmate Frank Van Den Bleeken has been told he won't be allowed to die from an assisted suicide. His request had been granted last September.

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John Boehner Is Re-Elected House Speaker

Tue, 2015-01-06 10:05

The Ohio Republican received 216 votes. At least two dozen fellow Republicans voted against him.

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Dubuque, Iowa, City Council Bans Sledding In Most City Parks

Tue, 2015-01-06 09:51

The City Council passed the law because it was concerned about possible lawsuits. Other municipalities have passed similar ordinances. A repeat offender could face a $750 fine.

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Bariatric Surgery Cuts The Risk Of Death Years Later

Tue, 2015-01-06 09:50

People considering weight-loss surgery haven't had much evidence on long terms risks or benefits. A study finds lower death rates after surgery, even for people who were older and less healthy.

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In Class It's 'Ms. Smalls,' Onstage She's 'Miss Houston'

Tue, 2015-01-06 09:33

Our Secret Lives of Teachers series continues with Isis Smalls, who teaches English and coaches volleyball at a Houston middle school. She's also a beauty pageant winner.

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