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Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah Dies; Witnessed A New Era

Thu, 2015-01-22 14:28

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has died, according to his state TV. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud was 90 years old; when he was born, Saudi Arabia was not a country, let alone an oil-producing power.

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Family Dollar Shareholders Approve Takeover By Dollar Tree

Thu, 2015-01-22 14:03

Two of the biggest dollar stores are merging. Family Dollar shareholders agreed to an $8.7 billion takeover Thursday, choosing not to accept a bigger offer from Dollar General due to antitrust fears.

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French Prisons Prove To Be Effective Incubators For Islamic Extremism

Thu, 2015-01-22 13:54

Two of the men involved in the Paris attacks met in prison, where they transformed from small-time criminals to jihadists. France is now redoubling its effort to prevent radicalization in its prisons.

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30-Year Sentence Lifted For Woman In El Salvador Abortion Case

Thu, 2015-01-22 13:40

Carmen Guadalupe Vasquez Aldana had steadfastly denied having an abortion. She said her unborn baby had died due to medical complications. This week, Congress pardoned her after seven years in jail.

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For Many French Jews, Anti-Semitism Has A Clear Source

Thu, 2015-01-22 13:32

French Jews say anti-Semitism, an issue for generations, is now coming largely from radical Muslmis. Jewish emigration has been rising, but many Jews also say they're determined to stay in France.

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Fighting Spikes Again In Ukraine

Thu, 2015-01-22 13:00

Audie Cornish talks to Kiev-based journalist David Stern about the ongoing fighting in Ukraine.

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'I Have No Idea' Of Footballs' Condition, The Patriots' Brady Says

Thu, 2015-01-22 12:56

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said he didn't give the game balls a thought during Sunday's win over the Indianapolis Colts. "I didn't alter the ball in any way," he said.

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States Continue Push To Ban Abortions After 20 Weeks

Thu, 2015-01-22 12:33

Although the Republican-led House decided not to vote to ban abortions after 20 weeks, 10 states already have such measures and more states are considering them.

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Patriots' Coach 'Shocked' At Allegations Of Deflated Footballs

Thu, 2015-01-22 12:23

The New England Patriots' coach and quarterback are weighing in on the controversy surrounding the deflated footballs used in the playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts.

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Obama Takes His State Of The Union Messages To YouTube

Thu, 2015-01-22 12:23

President Obama is pitching his State of the Union proposals on a campaign-like trip and on YouTube.

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Yemen In Chaos Amid Reports Of Government's Collapse

Thu, 2015-01-22 12:23

U.S. military advisers are keeping a low profile in Yemen after Huthi rebels staged a near coup. Sources tell NPR that U.S. special operations forces are still doing operations, but nothing to antagonize the Huthis. Meanwhile, White House officials are meeting to see what the changes mean for the counter-terror fight that President Obama lauded as a success only five months ago.

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House Republican Leaders Drop Effort To Ban Some Abortions

Thu, 2015-01-22 12:23

House Republican leaders had planned to pass a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision and coinciding with the annual protest march by abortion opponents. But with Republican women balking at that measure, they instead passed a bill prohibiting the use of taxpayer money for abortions, something that's been in spending bills for years.

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Atomic Scientists' 'Doomsday Clock' Ticks Forward

Thu, 2015-01-22 12:23

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists Science and Security Board is warning that "the probability of global catastrophe is very high" unless quick action is taken.

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Will Netanyahu's Congress Visit Help His Election Prospects?

Thu, 2015-01-22 12:23

Robert Siegel speaks with Michael Oren, former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S., about whether he thinks Netanyahu's address to Congress in March will help him with his election a few weeks afterwards.

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Google Could Provide Relief To Sprint, T-Mobile With Wireless Deal

Thu, 2015-01-22 12:23

Google plans to enter the wireless phone business, according to published reports. By purchasing capacity on the T-Mobile and Sprint networks, Google could sell mobile service directly to customers, a move that would shake up the wireless industry.

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Prosecutor's Mysterious Death Grips Argentina

Thu, 2015-01-22 12:23

Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez says she believes Alberto Nisman, a prosecutor investigating the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center, was murdered.

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Netanyahu Accepts Republican Invitation To Address Congress

Thu, 2015-01-22 12:23

Lawmakers say the Obama administration is "stiff arming" Congress, keeping them away from diplomacy with Iran. The House Speaker is fighting back, inviting Israel's tough talking Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress soon.

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No Federal Charges Expected Against Darren Wilson

Thu, 2015-01-22 12:23

Mayors and police chiefs are asking how they can rebuild trust with minority communities. The question comes as a Justice Department investigation of a white police officer in the shooting death of a black man in Ferguson, Mo., is winding down.

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Finding Crime Clues In What Insects Had For Dinner

Thu, 2015-01-22 12:18

Forensic scientists can find crime-solving evidence in the tiniest details, such as the insects that arrive at the scene to feed on the decomposing corpse.

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Obama's Big Bid To Change Sick-Leave Laws May Hinge On Small Business

Thu, 2015-01-22 12:16

The president's call for mandatory paid sick days starred in his State of the Union address. But forget the big speech: It may be small businesses — and state lawmakers — that decide this debate.

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