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Bridge Scandal Creates Unique Hurdles For Christie

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-14 08:16

The New Jersey governor's State of the State speech Tuesday will be overshadowed by the scandal surrounding lane closures on the nation's busiest bridge.

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Bridge Scandal Creates Unique Hurdles For Christie

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-14 08:16

The New Jersey governor's State of the State speech Tuesday will be overshadowed by the scandal surrounding the lane closures on the nation's busiest bridge.

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U.K. Aided India In Raid On Sikh Shrine, Documents Suggest

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-14 08:15

The 1984 raid on the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India, killed hundreds in Sikhism's holiest shrine. The revelation has dismayed British Sikh groups and prompted Prime Minister David Cameron to order an inquiry into the claim.

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Ill-Defined Coverage Muddles Insurance For Developmentally Disabled

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-14 07:58

Health plans of all kinds typically cover rehabilitative services, such as physical therapy to help people after an accident or illness. But before the Affordable Care Act passed, coverage of similar services to help people learn or maintain functional skills, rather than regain them, was often excluded.

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Pope's Harley Goes Up For Auction To Help Rome Soup Kitchen

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-14 07:36

The pontiff was given two Harley-Davidson motorcycles in June, one of which will be sold in Paris to raise money for Charitas Roma.

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20 Million DirecTV Customers Just Lost The Weather Channel

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-14 07:05

A dispute over how much the weather network can charge couldn't be resolved before a Monday deadline. The two sides are still talking, but they're also pointing fingers at each other. Their stormy relationship has gotten worse.

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Federal court rules against FCC net neutrality rules

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-01-14 06:54

On Tuesday, a federal appeals court in Washington struck down the Federal Communications Commission's open internet rules. The FCC had wanted to make internet providers treat all web traffic the same -- a concept known as net neutrality.

The ruling means internet service providers will be allowed to grant quicker access to websites willing to pay for the special treatment. For instance, if websites like Netflix will pay more, providers like Verizon will serve up their content faster.  

Marketplace's Nancy Marshall Genzer joins Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson to discuss. 

Hundreds Fleeing South Sudan's Fighting Drown In Nile River

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-14 06:21

At least 200 refugees, mostly women and children, have died in the ferry accident near the northern city of Malakal.

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'Absolutely Crazy': Man Killed In Movie Theater For Texting?

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-14 06:00

Witnesses say one man was upset by another's texting during the previews at an afternoon screening of Lone Survivor in a Tampa-area theater. The dispute allegedly ended with the man who had been texting being shot and killed.

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PODCAST: The running tab of no tap water

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-01-14 05:29

A case before the court involves whether the government should be allowed to take payroll taxes from severance pay.

How do you measure the cost of a toxic spill that turns off the tap? People affected by the West Virginia water contamination had to suspend the convenience of running water, and instead relied on bottled water for everything except flushing toilets.

The Federal Reserve has an enormous balance sheet. After all, it bought trillions of securities from banks. But could something designed as stimulus turn into nasty inflation down the road? Don't worry. The Fed has a plan for that. It's called Reverse Repo.

Congress Poised To Pass $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-14 04:45

There are no "in your face victories" for Republicans or Democrats in the package. The measure funds the government for the rest of this year and is part of a bipartisan plan to avoid another bitter battle that could shut down the government.

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Egyptians Go To Polls With Opposition Largely Silenced

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-14 04:00

Arrests and other intimidation have kept critics from being able to organize and speak out. The interim government's message: If you're really an Egyptian than you'll vote yes. Opponents say the new constitution further enshrines the military's role in Egyptian life.

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