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Representatives Laud A Departing Dean, 59-Year Veteran John Dingell

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-10 00:54

Leading Democrats and even some Republicans had kind words Tuesday for the Michigander, who was first elected to the House when Eisenhower was president. His wife was elected to his seat in November.

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State Department Feared Torture Report Would Spark Fury. Where Is It?

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-10 00:54

The U.S. beefed up security at embassies ahead of the CIA interrogation report's release in anticipation of a violent reaction. But around the globe, the response was relatively muted.

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Report Reveals Deeply Misguided Interrogation Tactics, Feinstein Says

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-10 00:54

The Senate's "torture report" finds that the CIA conducted brutal interrogations of detainees in the years after 9/11, misled elected leaders, and got little useful information from the harsh tactics.

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Mexican Megafarms Supplying U.S. Market Are Rife With Labor Abuses

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-10 00:54

An investigation by the Los Angeles Times into labor camps on Mexican megafarms reveals appalling conditions. Reporter Richard Marosi says that U.S. consumers need to pressure retailers for change.

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Scientists Often Skip A Simple Test That Could Verify Their Work

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-10 00:54

Scientists have published thousands of studies using immortal cell lines, but in many cases the cells in the experiments have been misidentified or contaminated. They could avoid the problem easily.

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Cheap Crops Mean Tight Times For Midwest's Fledgling Farmers

NPR News - Wed, 2014-12-10 00:54

Recent years were a good time to invest for beginning farmers, who run a quarter of U.S. farms. But with some crop prices crashing, paying back debts may require hard conversations and delayed dreams.

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Russian Pop Stars Pay A Price For Speaking Out On Ukraine

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-09 23:43

Russian performers who have criticized the country's role in Ukraine have been denounced on TV programs and had concert dates abruptly canceled.

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D.C.'s Marijuana Legalization Is Part Of Debate Over Spending Bill

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-09 17:17

Restrictions on D.C.'s use of funds to regulate and tax marijuana would likely endanger the district's goal of creating a market that a city finance official said would be worth $130 million a year.

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Mexican Megafarms Supplying U.S. Market Are Rife With Labor Abuses

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-09 17:02

An investigation by the Los Angeles Times into labor camps on Mexican megafarms reveals appalling conditions. Reporter Richard Marosi says that U.S. consumers need to pressure retailers for change.

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Quiz: Hail to the Geek in Chief

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-12-09 15:52

President Obama wrote some computer code during an Hour of Code event in Washington.

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Why Aren't World Leaders Angrier About Violence Against Women?

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-09 15:44

That's what South African activist Bafana Khumalo wants to know. He's spoken out for 20 years. He protested at the White House today and will accept an award for his efforts tomorrow.

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Congress Will Get A $1.1 Trillion Omnibus Spending Bill This Week

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-09 15:42

Faced with a Thursday deadline to finance the U.S. government, leaders in Congress have worked out a bill that would fund the government until October 2015.

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In Spending Bill, A Gift For Political Party Fundraising

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-09 14:59

The Republican and Democratic parties will be able to collect an additional $97,200 per year from donors to pay for presidential nominating conventions.

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In Europe, Ugly Sells In The Produce Aisle

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-09 14:46

Lumpy, bumpy produce that fails to meet supermarkets' high bar for beauty usually ends up as waste. But increasingly, European supermarkets are finding that ugly sells, if you tell the right story.

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After $4.75 Million Auction, Watson Will Get Nobel Medal Back

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-09 14:10

"In my opinion, a situation in which an outstanding scientist has to sell a medal recognizing his achievements is unacceptable," says Russian business tycoon Alisher Usmanov.

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Bob Dylan, In New Album, Will Cover Frank Sinatra

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-09 13:17

But Dylan in a statement said he doesn't see himself as "covering these songs in any way." Instead, he said he and his band are "uncovering them." Shadows in the Night will be released Feb. 3

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This Nursing Home Calms Troubling Behavior Without Risky Drugs

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-09 13:15

The staff's goal was to reduce the prescription of antipsychotic drugs by 20 percent. In the first year, they cut use by 97 percent. How? By addressing the real reasons for agitation and aggression.

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Congress Says Goodbye To Its Last World War II Vets

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-09 13:12

When the next session of Congress begins in January, it will be the first in more than 60 years without a veteran of World War II. It's a generation that dominated the House and Senate for decades.

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Cyber crime-fighters profit in a 'hacked economy'

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-12-09 12:51

More than two weeks have passed since hackers virtually paralyzed Sony Pictures and traumatized thousands of workers by dumping their personal information all over the Internet.

The data includes such sensitive information as Social Security numbers and salaries. Several of Sony's unreleased films were leaked following the hack attack. Cleaning up the mess could cost Sony hundreds of millions. But, as is almost always the case,  Sony's loss will be someone else's gain. An entire industry has sprung up around cyber crime as individuals and companies try to protect information. 

Gartner research analyst Avivah Litan says the companies profiting now are those that can quickly detect and contain breaches, rather than prevent them. Entire industries are spending widely to protect themselves. Julie Conroy, research director for Aite Group's retail banking group, says the hacking of tens of millions of credit cards from Target last year spurred the coming shift to the more-secure "chip."

Sasha Romanosky, who researches the economics of data security, says insurance companies are the big winners. Premiums for "cyberinsurance" have risen from next to nothing five years ago to an estimated $2 billion this year.

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