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Economists: Congress Gets A Hat Tip (Barely) For Its Efforts

Tue, 2014-12-16 09:23

Congress passed no laws addressing the minimum wage, tax reform, trade or immigration this year. But judged by the low recent standards, lawmakers got light applause from economists.

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Scientists Debate If It's OK To Make Viruses More Dangerous In The Lab

Tue, 2014-12-16 09:19

Researchers are struggling with how to balance the benefits and risks of genetic experiments that can give viruses new talents for causing infections.

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Deggans: 'Fargo,' 'True Detective,' 'Transparent' Top Best TV of 2014

Tue, 2014-12-16 08:53

At a time when there is so much good TV around, NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says any Top Ten list says as much about the critic as the shows they are picking.

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Has Vladimir Putin Just Overplayed His Hand?

Tue, 2014-12-16 08:15

The Russia leader was riding high at home this year with the successful Winter Olympics and his annexation of Crimea. Now he's staring at a recession and has alienated Western nations that could help.

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Hunt For Dengue Vaccine Gets Closer

Tue, 2014-12-16 08:12

Dengue sickens millions of people each year, and there's no cure. Now scientists have found powerful antibodies that stop the virus. Their discovery offers a road map to develop a simple vaccine.

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FIFA Dismisses U.S. Lawyer's Appeal On Handling Of World Cup Report

Tue, 2014-12-16 07:41

Michael Garcia had filed an appeal against how his report into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 soccer World Cup was handled. FIFA said his appeal is inadmissible.

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Jeb Bush Announces He Will 'Actively Explore' Presidential Run

Tue, 2014-12-16 06:34

Bush, a GOP favorite, said he would establish a political action committee in January to "facilitate conversations with citizens across America."

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Book News: James Patterson Makes Good On $1M Promise To Indies

Tue, 2014-12-16 06:26

With a final $437,000 push, his plan to donate $1 million of his own money to support independent booksellers is complete. Also: Judy Blume is set to publish her first adult novel in 15 years.

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Thousands Lay Flowers At The Site Hostage Siege In Sydney

Tue, 2014-12-16 05:24

A day after two people, plus a gunman were killed in a hostage siege, thousands of Australians left bouquets of flowers. Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his wife visited and signed a condolence book.

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Few Employers Cover Egg Freezing For Women With Cancer

Tue, 2014-12-16 04:22

Although egg freezing is the perk of the moment at some high-profile companies, the option isn't often available, even for women with serious illnesses that could affect their fertility.

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Russia's Rate Increase Fails To Stop Currency's Steep Decline

Tue, 2014-12-16 03:41

The ruble plunged to a record low against the dollar, today, despite efforts by the Russian central bank to stabilize it.

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Is Courting Controversy An Urban Outfitters Strategy?

Tue, 2014-12-16 03:03

Questionable sincerity aside, the recent pileup of apparent missteps by the retailer raises another question: Is the company doing it on purpose?

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Taliban Gunmen Storm School, Kill Dozens In Pakistan

Tue, 2014-12-16 02:35

Officials said the death toll stood at 126 more than half of them were students. The school is run by the military and the Taliban said they were retaliating for a recent military offensive.

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Judge Regrets Harsh Human Toll Of Mandatory Minimum Sentences

Tue, 2014-12-16 00:03

Thousands of people are imprisoned for decades, if not life, because of tough drug sentences. Now judges, lawyers and advocates ask whether it's time to dial back those penalties.

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From Judges To Inmates, Finding The Human Casualties Of Mandatory Sentencing

Tue, 2014-12-16 00:03

Amid the backdrop of debate inside Washington and across the country, an NPR series will focus on the human toll of these mandatory prison sentences.

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Kurdish Officials Worry About Kurds Joining The Islamic State

Mon, 2014-12-15 23:46

In the Kurdish city of Halabja, young men have been disappearing to join ISIS. It's a trend the authorities don't really want to discuss. But they are clamping down to try to make it stop.

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'Reshoring' Trend Has Little Impact On U.S. Economy, Study Finds

Mon, 2014-12-15 23:36

"Reshoring," or bringing U.S. jobs back from overseas, is not as prevalent as has been reported, a consulting firm's research finds. The study found a total of 300 cases from 2013.

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Alaska's Governor Eager To Expand Medicaid

Mon, 2014-12-15 23:28

The state's last top guy was hostile to Obamacare. But Gov. Bill Walker, an independent, sees Medicaid expansion as a cost-effective no-brainer. Can he convince Republicans in Alaska's legislature?

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President's Task Force To Re-Examine How Police Interact With Public

Mon, 2014-12-15 23:26

Tensions between police and communities of color are grabbing the nation's attention — all the way up to the White House. The Obama administration has announced a new task force to tackle the problem.

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Argentina's Approach To Inflation: Ditch The Peso, Hoard U.S. Dollars

Mon, 2014-12-15 23:24

The country's inflation rate is running around 40 percent this year, according to private economists. As a hedge, Argentines are always looking for ways to get their hands on U.S. dollars.

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