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Cruz Green Eggs And Ham: Political Hit Or Miss?

Tue, 2013-12-31 09:27

Texas Senator Ted Cruz was a political hit or miss, depending on whom you ask. Host Michel Martin and guests talk about Cruz and other politicians of note for this year's 'Tell Me Awards.'

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As 2013 Winds To An End, So Do The Tweets Of 1963

Tue, 2013-12-31 08:45

Since June, we've been "live-tweeting" moments from 1963 as if they were happening today. That includes "replays" of the March on Washington, the Birmingham church bombing and President Kennedy's assassination.

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How NAFTA Helped The Mexican Billionaires' Club

Tue, 2013-12-31 08:34

When the North American Free Trade Agreement was being negotiated, supporters promised it would increase the income of Mexicans. And the middle class did grow over the past two decades. But it's clear that the country's ultrarich are its big winners.

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How Deflating: Huge Rubber Duck Goes Flat In Taiwan

Tue, 2013-12-31 08:20

The giant inflatable is supposed to project peace and harmony. But Tuesday, it suddenly burst. This isn't the first time that one of Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman's floating works of art has gone pffff.

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From Pandas To Health Care: The 13 Numbers Of 2013

Tue, 2013-12-31 07:40

NPR has been taking a look at the numbers that tell the story of 2013. These 13 reflect the highs and lows of the year, from deadly wildfires and the war in Syria, to football stadiums and same-sex marriage.

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Rival South Sudan Factions Agree To Talks, Cease-Fire

Tue, 2013-12-31 07:37

The conflict pits the country's president against his former vice president, who is accused of plotting a coup. But the violence in the oil-rich nation also has tribal and ethnic dimensions that threaten the world's newest country.

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Has Tim Tebow Found His Right Place At ESPN?

Tue, 2013-12-31 07:25

The quarterback won fans across the nation a few years back, but hasn't been able to build a solid NFL career. He'll be a college football analyst on TV. Does that sound like the right move for him?

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Happy New Year! The Celebrations Are Underway

Tue, 2013-12-31 06:00

The new year has arrived in Australia, New Zealand and other places in the Pacific. As 2014 begins around the world, we'll watch for highlights of the celebrations. Among the things to watch for: Dubai's bid to set a new world record for biggest fireworks display.

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'Twerk' And 'Selfie' Top Latest List Of Words That Need To Go

Tue, 2013-12-31 05:15

What words are you sick of hearing? The wags at Lake Superior State University are out with their annual nominees. Others include "hashtag" and "twittersphere."

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Animal Loses Head But Remembers Everything

Tue, 2013-12-31 04:42

They look like fettuccine come to life — little flatworms that glide along riverbeds and perform miracles. Chop off their tails, they grow them back. Split them in half, they grow whole again. But chop off their heads, and not only do they grow new heads, but those new heads contain old memories! Whoa!

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Singing, Stomping, Stranded Explorers Prep Antarctic Helipad

Tue, 2013-12-31 04:34

Icebreakers haven't been able to reach the MV Akademik Shokalskiy, which is trapped in ice. As soon as the weather clears, it's hoped that a helicopter will be able to reach the scene and then carry passengers to other ships nearby.

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Michael Schumacher Showing 'Surprising' Improvement

Tue, 2013-12-31 03:32

The retired Formula One race car driver suffered a severe head injury Sunday while skiing in France. Doctors say Schumacher suffered bruising throughout his brain. They can't yet predict whether he will recover, but they're more optimistic. He's had a second surgery.

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What Israel's Release Of Palestinian Prisoners Means For Peace

Tue, 2013-12-31 00:32

Early Tuesday, Israel released another group of Palestinian prisoners convicted of violent crimes against Israelis. Former prisoner Omar Masoud says the releases legitimize the peace process for Palestinians. But the family of his Israeli victim says it's unacceptable for Israel to sell "our blood as a gesture."

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Despite The Headlines, Chicago's Crime Rate Fell In 2013

Tue, 2013-12-31 00:31

Throughout the year, stories about gun violence in the city grabbed the country's attention. Now at the end of the year, the city's crime rate is again big news because it declined so much in 2013, to its lowest level in decades. It's a reality that often doesn't fit the perception of the city.

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Nothing Focuses The Mind Like The Ultimate Deadline: Death

Tue, 2013-12-31 00:28

A Swedish inventor came up with a wristwatch that counts down the seconds left in your life. He calls it "the happiness watch" because he thinks living with the reality of one's mortality can enhance how we value our lives.

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Bon Voyage, Voyager: Old Friends Take Stock

Tue, 2013-12-31 00:27

Long gone, but never forgotten, Voyager 1 is about 12 billion miles from home and now sailing through interstellar space, scientists were thrilled to confirm in 2013. The spacecraft carries with it a generation's dreams.

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Brain-Dead Girl Can Stay On Life Support, Judge Orders

Mon, 2013-12-30 17:04

Jahi McMath, 13, has been on a ventilator since a tonsillectomy operation went wrong earlier this month. The hospital has sought to terminate life support, but the family says there's still hope for the teen.

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Train Derailment In North Dakota Causes Explosion, Fire

Mon, 2013-12-30 16:26

A train carrying oil collided with one carrying soybeans, causing multiple explosions and a fire in the town of Casselton, about 10 miles west of Fargo.

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The Other 'F Word': Brewer Responds To Starbucks Over Beer Name

Mon, 2013-12-30 14:58

Getting a cease-and-desist letter from a big corporation isn't usually the mark of a good day. But after a brewery owner got a letter from a law firm representing Starbucks, he saw a chance to draw distinctions between the businesses — and to be funny.

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Was 2013 Really The Year Of The Paleo Diet?

Mon, 2013-12-30 14:51

Paleo was Google's most searched diet for 2013, but that doesn't mean it went mainstream. Instead, media coverage of one book criticizing the diet may have stoked much of the interest in the diet.

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