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Judge Upholds Key Provisions Of N.Y. Gun-Control Law

Tue, 2013-12-31 13:14

Judge William Skretny in Buffalo rejected arguments from opponents that a ban on large-capacity magazines and the sale of semi-automatic rifles infringed on Second Amendment rights.

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New Year's Eve: Dubai Puts On A Record-Setting Fireworks Show

Tue, 2013-12-31 12:53

Organizers of what is expected to be certified as the world's largest fireworks display ever put on a show in Dubai that was seen by thousands Tuesday, as viewers turned out to celebrate the new year and watch a huge spectacle.

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Congress Lets Dozens Of Tax Breaks Expire

Tue, 2013-12-31 12:33

Teachers, film producers and restaurant owners — among many other groups — face higher tax bills in 2014. More than 50 temporary tax breaks are expiring at midnight on New Year's Eve, but many of them are likely to be restored when Congress returns.

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A Judge's Cookbook Reveals The Secrets Of Bialys And Bagels

Tue, 2013-12-31 12:24

Michael Zusman used to be a lawyer, specializing in suing financial companies. The work literally started making him sick. Then he stumbled into baking. His new cookbook promises that you can make your own pastrami, pickles and bagels better than you can buy at your local deli.

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MSNBC Host Apologizes For Comments About Mitt Romney's Grandson

Tue, 2013-12-31 12:18

On a segment of the Melissa Harris-Perry Show, panelists captioned a photo of Romney's family, which included his adopted grandson. Cue the jokes, the Internet backlash and the apology.

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Sebelius Touts 2 Million Obamacare Enrollees

Tue, 2013-12-31 11:37

The Health and Human Services Secretary, who has spent months fending off critics of the Affordable Care Act rollout, is touting the improving numbers.

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Icing On The Puck: Hockey Fans And The NHL Winter Classic

Tue, 2013-12-31 11:36

New Year's Day has become its own holiday of sorts for some hockey fans. The Detroit Red Wings play the Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on Wednesday in front of more than 100,000 people. The game time weather forecast: about 18 degrees, with an 80 percent chance of snow.

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Does Champagne Actually Get You Drunk Faster?

Tue, 2013-12-31 11:13

Search for "Champagne, bubbles and drunk," and you'll get headlines like "Why Bubbles Make You More Giggly." But when we took a close look at the science supporting the urban legend, we weren't impressed. The effect doesn't happen to everyone, and when it does, it's just temporary.

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In Russia, A Soviet-Era Movie To Ring In The New Year

Tue, 2013-12-31 10:24

The Irony of Fate is the country's favorite holiday movie. Like classic American films such as It's A Wonderful Life, it captures the magic of the holidays, but in a way that is quintessentially Russian.

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Despite Health Law, Many People May Be Left Underinsured

Tue, 2013-12-31 09:50

Even for people who get insurance that complies with the Affordable Care Act, there are potential trouble spots. Those include expensive prescription drugs, specialist care and services such as physical therapy that typically require a course of treatment over weeks or months.

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2013: The Year In Political Screw-Ups

Tue, 2013-12-31 09:30

If anything defined 2013, it was the political misstep. Between the broken promises, personal scandals and federal government shutdown, it was a year that left voters frustrated and, in some cases, appalled.

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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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