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What Exactly Are 'Monster Storms' And 'Bomb Cyclones'?

Wed, 2014-11-12 12:42

The northern U.S. is getting a blast of unseasonably cold weather, thanks to what has been dubbed a "bomb cyclone." The Washington Post's Jason Samenow explains that and other odd weather terms.

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Congress' Newest Members Come To Washington

Wed, 2014-11-12 12:42

The newly elected members of Congress arrived in Washington today to begin orientation for their new jobs.

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'Washington Post' To Add Editor's Notes To Fareed Zakaria Columns

Wed, 2014-11-12 12:42

The editorial page editor of The Washington Post says he will append editor's notes to four columns by Fareed Zakaria, saying the columns failed to credit sources sufficiently.

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Banking Giants Settle Currency Manipulation Charges

Wed, 2014-11-12 12:42

Six banks, including Citigroup, Bank of America and J.P. Morgan Chase, will pay regulators more than $4 billion to settle charges they manipulated the currency exchange market to boost profits.

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NATO Warns Of Russian Movements In Eastern Ukraine

Wed, 2014-11-12 12:42

NATO's commander says Russian troops, tanks and artillery have been spotted in Ukraine. This could mark an escalation in the conflict between Ukraine's government and pro-Russian separatists there.

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Maurice Sendak's Book Collection At Heart Of Legal Dispute

Wed, 2014-11-12 12:42

Robert Siegel talks with The Philadelphia Inquirer's Peter Dobrin about a dispute between a Philadelphia Museum and the estate of Maurice Sendak, over the late author's rare book collection.

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Supreme Court Weighs Race And Politics In Gerrymandering Case

Wed, 2014-11-12 12:42

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court took up the question of what kind of political gerrymandering is acceptable and what is not.

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Successful Comet Landing A Major Step For Space Exploration

Wed, 2014-11-12 12:42

The European Space Agency on Wednesday successfully landed a probe on the surface of a comet — something that has never been done before. But scientists say the lander may not be fully secure.

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Obama Hopes Myanmar Visit Will Give Fledgling Democracy A Boost

Wed, 2014-11-12 12:42

President Obama is visiting Myanmar, also known as Burma, for the second time in two years. He's there to encourage the Southeast Asian nation's efforts to create a functioning democracy.

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For U.S.-China Deal On Greenhouse Gases, The Devil Is In The Details

Wed, 2014-11-12 12:42

Scientists say a new deal between the U.S. and China on greenhouse gases is a positive move toward new models for controlling emissions, but that it won't keep the Earth from dangerous levels of warming.

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The Rare Place Where Israelis And Iranians Play Together

Wed, 2014-11-12 12:23

Iran and Israel are sworn enemies, but Germany is neutral ground where people from those countries can collaborate musically. Sistanglia, an Israeli-Iranian ensemble, is doing just that.

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WATCH: Turkish Protesters Attack 3 U.S. Sailors In Istanbul

Wed, 2014-11-12 12:06

The sailors were from the USS Ross, a warship docked nearby. Protesters from a left-leaning group pushed them, placed sacks on their heads and chanted, "Yankee, go home." The sailors escaped unhurt.

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China's Leader Says Journalists Are Like Broken Cars

Wed, 2014-11-12 12:06

Even the White House wasn't sure what to expect when Chinese President Xi Jinping took a rare question from a U.S. reporter during a joint news conference with President Obama in Beijing.

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Two Workers Rescued From Scaffolding 69 Stories Up At 1 World Trade Center

Wed, 2014-11-12 12:04

Firefighters had to break a window to rescue the pair after their scaffolding malfunctioned.

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Coal Mines Keep Operating Despite Injuries, Violations And Millions In Fines

Wed, 2014-11-12 11:35

An NPR investigation found thousands of American mine owners fail to pay penalties for safety violations, even as they continue to manage dangerous — and sometimes deadly — operations.

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Who's That Lebanese Man With A Beard: Hipster Or Jihadi?

Wed, 2014-11-12 11:26

Hipsters in Beirut have a problem. Their long, lustrous beards are getting them mistaken for Islamist extremists and drawing unwanted scrutiny from the security forces.

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Mali Is Worried About Ebola, Quarantines Nearly 100

Wed, 2014-11-12 11:22

The virus appears to have taken two new victims in the West African country. The government is stepping up its quarantines and contact tracing to prevent an outbreak.

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Innovation: Smart Yoga Mat Could Help You Find Your Zen

Wed, 2014-11-12 11:02

The SmartMat is an intelligent yoga mat that records the user's movements and makes adjustments to improve yoga practice. The creators have a prototype and plan to ship the final product in July.

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Turning Weapons Into High-End Watches

Wed, 2014-11-12 10:27

A high-end jewelry company recycles the components of assault rifles into watches, rings and other luxe jewelry items. Each sale then funds the destruction of weapons in Africa.

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Big Banks Will Pay $4.25 Billion In Fines Over Currency Charges

Wed, 2014-11-12 10:25

U.S. firms Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase will pay the largest fines, around $1 billion each, to settle civil charges that they colluded to manipulate the foreign exchange market.

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