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Judge Regrets Harsh Human Toll Of Mandatory Minimum Sentences

NPR News - 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

NPR News - 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

NPR News - 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

NPR News - 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

NPR News - 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

NPR News - 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

NPR News - 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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At Last, Muslims Can Savor A Halal Spin On Spain's Famous Jamon

NPR News - Mon, 2014-12-15 23:22

Authentic jamón ibérico from free-range pigs fed on acorns is a key Spanish food that observant Muslims can't enjoy. But a Tunisian émigré is now making halal ham from lamb and beef in southern Spain.

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2015 Rock Hall Of Fame Class Includes Lou Reed, Joan Jett, Green Day

NPR News - Mon, 2014-12-15 22:03

The Smiths and N.W.A. were left off of the list of inductees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as Hall voters opted for acts such as Lou Reed, Bill Withers, and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.

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Hustle Behind The Wheel: What It's Like To Be An Uber Driver

NPR News - Mon, 2014-12-15 15:26

The ride hailing service says it is creating 20,000 driver jobs every month. While this makes the service better for customers, drivers worry it will drive prices — and their earnings — down.

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The U.S. Has A Surgeon General, For The First Time In 17 Months

NPR News - Mon, 2014-12-15 14:31

A job that's been open in President Obama's administration since July of 2013 was finally filled Monday, as the Senate voted to confirm Vivek Murthy as America's new surgeon general.

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Russia Boosts Interest Rates To 17 Percent Amid Currency's Slide

NPR News - Mon, 2014-12-15 13:50

The central bank says the move to raise rates from 10.5 percent is aimed at limiting the ruble's slide and curbing inflation. The ruble is the world's worst-performing major currency this year.

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Chinese Man Cleared Of Rape, Murder 18 Years After His Execution

NPR News - Mon, 2014-12-15 13:20

Chinese authorities offered a rare apology to the family of the 18-year-old from Inner Mongolia. Another man had confessed to the crime after his arrest in 2005.

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Dr. Kent Brantly: The Lessons He's Learned From Fighting Ebola

NPR News - Mon, 2014-12-15 13:12

"We run the risk of going from hysteria to a sense of indifference," says the now-recovered physician. "And I think that is even more dangerous than our fear."

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Sydney Residents Rally To Head Off Anti-Muslim Violence

NPR News - Mon, 2014-12-15 13:12

Audie Cornish talks to Australian terrorism expert David Kilcullen about the relationship between the Australian government and Muslim communities.

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Nebraska Landowners Sit At The Heart Of Keystone Controversy

NPR News - Mon, 2014-12-15 12:46

The Keystone XL pipeline has created a heated debate over climate change and energy independence. We visit York County, Neb., to speak to people for whom the pipeline could be a tangible reality.

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Sydney Siege Ends With Two Hostages And Gunman Dead

NPR News - Mon, 2014-12-15 12:34

The siege of a cafe in Sydney, Australia has ended with two hostages and the gunman dead. Police stormed the cafe in the early hours of the morning after a 16-hour standoff.

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There's No Place Like A Dorm Room, For The Holidays

NPR News - Mon, 2014-12-15 12:34

When holiday break comes, college kids start packing up and heading for home. But for former foster students, there's no home to go to.

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150 Years Later, A Formal Apology For The Sand Creek Massacre

NPR News - Mon, 2014-12-15 12:34

The Sand Creek Massacre of December 1864 left nearly 200 people dead. Now, hundreds of Cheyenne and Arapahoe are returning to the site to mark the 150th anniversary of the tragedy.

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The Distracting Problem With The Term 'Disruption'

NPR News - Mon, 2014-12-15 12:34

Audie Cornish speaks to journalist Kevin Roose about the use of the term "disruption" in the tech industry.

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