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Their Senate, Their Rules: GOP May Allow Blocking Of Nominees Again

Mon, 2014-12-08 00:57

A year after Democratic Senators invoked a "nuclear option" to stop GOP filibusters of confirmation votes, Republicans are debating whether to switch back. Some say they're sick of the fighting.

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Old And Overmedicated: The Real Drug Problem In Nursing Homes

Mon, 2014-12-08 00:57

Way too many residents of U.S. nursing homes are on antipsychotic drugs, critics say. It's often just for the convenience of the staff, to sedate patients agitated by dementia. That's illegal.

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Oh, Snap! NASA Promises Best Photo Yet Of Faraway Pluto

Mon, 2014-12-08 00:57

A spacecraft on its way to Pluto has just woken up from hibernation. By next month, scientists expect to have the first good pictures of the dwarf planet. All the others have been, well, crummy.

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Their Senate, Their Rules: GOP May Allow Blocking Of Nominees Again

Mon, 2014-12-08 00:57

A year after Democratic Senators invoked a "nuclear option" to stop GOP filibusters of confirmation votes, Republicans are debating whether to switch back. Some say they're sick of the fighting.

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When It Comes To Day Care, Parents Want All Children Vaccinated

Mon, 2014-12-08 00:22

Parents have strong opinions about vaccination, a poll of parents done by the University of Michigan finds. Most want day care centers to require that children are up to date on their shots.

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U.S. Tech Firms See Green As They Set Up Shop In Low-Tax Ireland

Mon, 2014-12-08 00:17

Google, Apple and other industry leaders have global headquarters in Ireland. But the U.S. Congress and others aren't happy, and the Irish are reconsidering some of these business-friendly tax laws.

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Congress Clashes Over Release Of CIA Torture Report

Sun, 2014-12-07 22:46

Senate Democrats plan to release a long-withheld torture report this week, but the State Department wants more delay because of feared repercussions — both at home and overseas.

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6 Arrested For Looting Antiquities From Israel's 'Cave Of The Skulls'

Sun, 2014-12-07 15:34

Israeli authorities released a photo of a 2000-year-old lice comb that was captured along with the men, who are accused of stealing objects from the area where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.

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Women Butchers Are Slicing Through The Meat World's Glass Ceiling

Sun, 2014-12-07 12:54

The meat industry traditionally has been a male-dominated field. But as demand for local meat grows, that's made more room for women to carve out ownership roles in the business.

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Chlorine Gas Leak In Chicago Disrupts 'Furries' Convention

Sun, 2014-12-07 12:22

At least 19 guests were treated and released at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare, where several thousand people, many dressed as animal characters, were attending the annual Midwest FurFest convention.

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Syria Says Israeli Warplanes Strike Targets Near Damascus

Sun, 2014-12-07 10:41

The Syrian Observatory says the airstrikes appeared to target Hezbollah arms shipments.

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Washington Post Reporter, Detained For Months In Iran, Is Charged

Sun, 2014-12-07 08:45

Jason Rezaian, the newspaper's Tehran bureau chief, was arrested in July, but the Iranian government has so far declined to say why.

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U.S. Reportedly Unaware Of Second Hostage Ahead Of Failed Rescue

Sun, 2014-12-07 05:54

When U.S. Navy SEALs raided an al-Qaida hideout in a failed bid to rescue American Luke Somers, they didn't know that South African Pierre Korkie was also being held there.

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6 Gitmo Detainees Transferred To Uruguay, U.S. Says

Sun, 2014-12-07 04:51

Four Syrians, one Tunisian and one Palestinian were released to the South American country early today as part of a deal to reduce the inmate population at the controversial prison.

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Protests Over Police Killings Turn Violent In Berkeley, Calif.

Sun, 2014-12-07 04:05

At least two officers were injured trying to quell vandalism and looting among demonstrators protesting the deaths of Michael Brown and chokehold victim Eric Gardner.

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Police In Other Communities Are Consumed By Ferguson

Sun, 2014-12-07 03:37

NPR's Rachel Martin talks to high- and low-ranked police officers for their views on Ferguson, New York, body cameras, and why they think there's such a divide between police and communities of color.

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Rolling Stone 'Blurred The Lines' In Its Campus Rape Story

Sun, 2014-12-07 03:37

NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Emily Renda, who handles sexual misconduct response and prevention at the University of Virginia, about the fallout from the retraction of a Rolling Stone article.

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Red Cross Finances Called Into Question

Sun, 2014-12-07 03:37

For years, the American Red Cross has said that 91 percent of donations go to help victims of disasters. The only problem? It's not true. This story originally aired Dec. 4 on All Things Considered.

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For Iran, The Trend Lines All Seem To Point In The Wrong Direction

Sun, 2014-12-07 03:37

Many Iranians were upbeat when Hassan Rouhani was elected last year. But much of that optimism has faded due to the nuclear talks that are dragging and a bleak economic outlook.

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In Troubled Times, Does 'The Black Church' Still Matter?

Sun, 2014-12-07 03:37

As the nation endures a season of racial tension, NPR's Michel Martin talks about the mission of the black church and whether it remains relevant in the social justice movement.

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