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An 'Embarrassed And Humiliated' Gov. Christie Apologizes

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-09 05:00

The New Jersey governor and potential 2016 GOP presidential contender says he was lied to by a top aide, whom he now has fired, about a dirty trick. Aides sought to punish a Democratic mayor by causing traffic problems in his city. The U.S. attorney in New Jersey is looking into what happened.

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A Rain Forest Begins With Rain, Right? Is This A Trick Question?

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-09 04:08

This is a "Which came first?" riddle. Not chicken vs. egg. This one is about rain forests. When rain forests begin, do they start with rain ("Yes!" say I) or trees ("No! That's ridiculous!" say I)? I should warn you: Sometimes nature has a sense of humor.

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'I Had Been Drinking,' Rodman Says In Apology For Comments

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-09 03:45

The former basketball player, during his latest trip to the communist country, unleashed an obscenity-laced rant on CNN when asked about an American who is imprisoned in North Korea. He implied that the man deserved his punishment. Now Rodman is saying he's sorry for what he said.

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Legal Loopholes Leave Some Kids Without Dental Insurance

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-09 00:40

Dental coverage is a required benefit for children under the Affordable Care Act. But it's not turning out to be quite that simple. For one thing, there are no federal subsidies to help pay for stand-alone dental policies.

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There She Blew! Volcanic Evidence Of The World's First Map

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-09 00:38

Some archaeologists have long suspected that a faded painting from the ruins of the 9,000-year-old village known as Catalhoyuk might be a map — of a settlement at the foot of an erupting volcano. Others said no. Now geologists have evidence that the volcano indeed erupted around that time.

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The Fruits Of Free Trade: How NAFTA Revamped The American Diet

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-09 00:37

Signed 20 years ago this month, the landmark trade agreement radically altered the way we get our fruits and vegetables, encouraging year-round imports from Mexican farms. That's why it's now no big deal to find, say, raspberries in winter. But critics say it also has trained consumers to value convenience over flavor and has dulled knowledge of where food comes from.

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Blending Red Wine With Porter Ale: A Crossover Beer Worth The Buzz?

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-09 00:36

Two of mankind's oldest beverages are being mashed together in a new generation of brews. These beer-wine blends, boasting layered, complex flavors, are part of a broader trend of experimentation, as craft brewers seek to distinguish themselves in a crowded field.

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Loehmann's To Liquidate; Macy's Cuts Jobs In Reorganization

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-08 23:51

Going-out-of-business sales will begin Thursday at 93 Loehmann's stores. And on Wednesday, Macy's Inc. announced 2,500 employees will be laid off.

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Ease Up On 'No Tolerance' Policies, U.S. Agencies Tell Schools

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-08 18:09

A move by the Education and Justice departments comes after years of complaints from civil rights groups and others who say the policies are ineffective and take an unfair toll on minorities.

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McCain Lays Al-Qaida Surge In Iraq At Obama's Feet

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-08 15:42

Al-Qaida has gained control in an area where 1,300 U.S. troops lost their lives during the Iraq War. Troops who came home are now wondering whether it was all in vain, the Arizona Republican says. He says the total withdrawal of troops from Iraq left a vacuum that's being filled by America's enemies.

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Solar Flare Will Hit Earth Thursday; Northern Lights May Expand South

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-08 15:34

Tired of reading about intensely cold temperatures? How about an intense solar flare that's being blamed for disrupting a NASA mission? The good news is that the flare is also expected to expand the viewing field of the aurora borealis.

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News Or Ad? Online Advertisers Hope You'll Click To Find Out

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-08 15:07

The New York Times' new Web redesign includes "native advertising": articles written by people working for the paper's advertisers. BuzzFeed and other outlets have already embraced the ads, but critics say the lines between paid and original content are sometimes just too blurry.

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