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Despite Election Defeat, Obama Sees Room To Push His Agenda

Mon, 2014-12-29 01:00

President Obama begins his administration's final phase the way he began several others: recovering from disaster, in this case the loss of the Senate. He's striving to show he won't be a lame duck.

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First Survivors Rescued From Burning Greek Ferry Arrive In Italy

Mon, 2014-12-29 00:50

Some 150 people remained trapped on the smoke-filled vessel adrift in frigid temperatures and rough seas between Italy and Albania.

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Teaching Friends And Family How To Reverse A Drug Overdose

Sun, 2014-12-28 23:36

Quick treatment with Narcan can save a life after an overdose of heroin or opioid pain pills. The year 2014 saw more cops, drug users and their families carrying Narcan "rescue kits."

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Ladies Lead Whiskey Renaissance As Distillers And New Tipplers

Sun, 2014-12-28 23:16

Whiskey was long considered a man's drink. But as sales of whiskey soar, it's women who are leading the new boom, thanks to a vanguard of female distillers, blenders and tasters.

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Road Salt Contributes To Toxic Chemical Levels In Streams

Sun, 2014-12-28 22:39

One of the primary tools that U.S. transportation departments count on to keep roads safe is road salt. But that's meant rising levels of chloride in many northern streams.

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Search Resumes For Missing AirAsia Flight With 162 Aboard

Sun, 2014-12-28 15:07

Flight QZ8501, traveling from Indonesia to Singapore, lost contact with air traffic control Sunday morning. The search for the plane was suspended for the night, but resumed at dawn.

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Saved By A Bad Taste, The Last 'Radium Girl' Dies At 107

Sun, 2014-12-28 13:36

In the 1920s, working-class women were hired to paint radium onto glowing watch dials — and told to sharpen the brush with their lips. Most died within a few years, but Mae Keane quit, and survived.

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Remembering The Pioneering Audiologist Who Tested Hearing At Birth

Sun, 2014-12-28 13:22

Until the early '90s, young children often weren't tested for hearing loss until they had already missed out on a critical period for learning language. Dr. Marion Downs was determined to change that.

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Pope John Paul II's Would-Be Assassin Lays Roses At His Tomb

Sun, 2014-12-28 11:53

In 1981, Mehmet Ali Ağca shot the pontiff twice at close range as the pope's open motorcade passed through St. Peter's Square. He was jailed for three decades before his release in 2010.

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Thousands Of Motorists Stranded By Snow In French Alps

Sun, 2014-12-28 10:44

People have been unable to move for two days due to heavy snow and ice on the road to and from major ski resorts in the Savoie region.

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Which World Leader Had The Best And The Worst Year In 2014?

Sun, 2014-12-28 09:51

Vladimir Putin got off to a great start, then it all turned sour. Bashar Assad looks to be better positioned today than back in January. Perhaps the pope had the best year of all.

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Iranian General Reportedly Killed By ISIS Sniper In Northern Iraq

Sun, 2014-12-28 07:36

Brigadier Gen. Hamid Taqavi, a veteran of the brutal Iran-Iraq was in the 1980s, was killed while training Iraqi troops and Shiite militiamen, Iran says.

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Ceremony In Afghanistan Officially Ends America's Longest War

Sun, 2014-12-28 05:43

While the conflict, which has claimed the lives of some 3,500 U.S. and NATO troops, is formally ended, 13,500 will remain in support roles.

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Tennessee's Medicaid Deal Dodges A Partisan Fight

Sun, 2014-12-28 05:29

An agreement between the Tennessee Hospital Association and Republican Gov. Bill Haslam expands Medicaid without tax dollars, an agreement that could be a blueprint for other states.

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Fleeing To Dismal Swamp, Slaves And Outcasts Found Freedom

Sun, 2014-12-28 05:18

Most Americans know about the Underground Railroad, which allowed Southern slaves to escape to the North. But some slaves stayed in the South, hidden in a place where they could resist enslavement.

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Hundreds Being Evacuated From Burning Ferry In Adriatic Sea

Sun, 2014-12-28 04:44

The Norman Atlantic, with about 500 passengers and crew aboard, was en route from the Greek port of Patras to Ancona, Itlay.

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Albright On The U.N.: 'If It Didn't Exist, We Would Invent It'

Sun, 2014-12-28 03:37

NPR's Rachel Martin talks to former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright about some of the challenges facing the United Nations in a difficult 70th year.

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To Deal With Hostile Congress, Obama Can Look To History

Sun, 2014-12-28 03:37

President Obama will face opposition in 2015 in both the House and Senate. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to historian Michael Beschloss about how Obama will or will not work with the 114th Congress.

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AirAsia Flight Goes Missing With 162 Aboard

Sun, 2014-12-28 03:37

An AirAsia plane disappeared over the Java Sea. The plane took off from Indonesia's second-largest city and was headed to Singapore.

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Argentinian Orangutan May Be Free To Enjoy Some Privacy

Sun, 2014-12-28 03:37

NPR's Linda Wertheimer takes a moment to note that Sandra, a shy Orangutan in Argentina, has been granted some legal rights that will allow her some freedom.

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