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Smithfield Prods Its Pork Suppliers To Dump Pig Crates

Tue, 2014-01-07 08:57

The world's largest hog and pork buyer wants its contract farmers to move pregnant sows out of constrictive crates and into group houses, generally considered more humane, by 2022. The move is significant because independent farmers supply about 40 percent of the company's sows.

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Fallujah Veterans Ask Hard Questions About Their Sacrifices

Tue, 2014-01-07 08:55

A radical group with links to al-Qaida has taken intermittent control of key parts of Fallujah in western Iraq. It's the same area where U.S. troops saw some of their bloodiest fights during the Iraq war a decade ago, costing the U.S. more lives than in any other region in Iraq.

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New Law Allows Transgender Students To Choose Bathrooms And Sports Teams

Tue, 2014-01-07 08:40

A new California law allows transgender students to choose restrooms and sport teams based on the gender they identify with. Host Michel Martin speaks with a parenting roundtable about the pros and cons.

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Chris Kluwe On What Cost Him His Job With The Minnesota Vikings

Tue, 2014-01-07 08:39

The punter says his outspoken support of same-sex marriage got him fired, but adds that he has no regrets. He tells NPR's Michel Martin: "If you're not willing to speak out for the rights of other people, then who do you expect to speak out for you when it's your turn?"

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How To Successfully Link GED Tests And Jobs

Tue, 2014-01-07 08:39

For hundreds of thousands of adult students, the General Educational Development test is a good way to finish their education. LaGuardia Community College in New York is going a step further, by tailoring prep courses for jobs in particular fields. Host Michel Martin speaks with Gail Mellow, the president of LaGuardia Community College to learn more.

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Health Care Inbox: From Medicaid Eligibility To Tax Credits

Tue, 2014-01-07 08:33

If you buy insurance through a marketplace and you lose your job, it will pay to let the marketplace know. The reduction in income while you're unemployed could make you eligible for a bigger tax credit to help pay for coverage.

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How Al-Qaida Returned To A Troubled Part Of Iraq

Tue, 2014-01-07 08:16

Western Iraq was one of the most chaotic parts of the country during the U.S. war there. Al-Qaida extremists were defeated once, but with U.S. forces gone, they've managed to return as Iraq continues to slide into chaos.

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Run Run Shaw, Kung Fu Movie Pioneer, Dies

Tue, 2014-01-07 07:59

The Hong Kong movie mogul's films included 1972's Five Fingers of Death, which was a kung fu classic. With his brother Ronnie, Shaw produced more than 1,000 films over five decades. He also helped produce some American films, including Blade Runner. Later, he became a prominent philanthropist.

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First Batch Of Chemical Weapons Material Shipped Out Of Syria

Tue, 2014-01-07 07:57

A U.N. official said a Danish commercial vessel carrying the cache is now in international waters, waiting on another batch.

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U.N. Suspends Counting Deaths In Syria's Civil War

Tue, 2014-01-07 07:55

The U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights says it can't verify its sources and so will leave the figure at 100,000, where it stood in July.

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Dennis Rodman Defends North Korean 'Basketball Diplomacy'

Tue, 2014-01-07 06:39

In a combative interview with CNN, the former NBA star implies that imprisoned American businessman Kenneth Bae, sentenced in May to 15 years' hard labor, is guilty of trying to overthrow the regime of Kim Jong Un.

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Deaths Are Bitter Reminder Of Cold Snap's Dangers

Tue, 2014-01-07 06:37

Bitterly cold temperatures and storms have already caused at least 15 deaths in recent days. Authorities remind everyone that it's important to be prepared and to stay inside if you can. That advice may seem obvious, but people do continue to take risks.

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JPMorgan Chase To Pay $1.7 Billion To Madoff Victims

Tue, 2014-01-07 06:32

The bank will be criminally charged with two violations of the Bank Secrecy Act, but will receive a deferred prosecution under the agreement.

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Skier Lindsey Vonn Will Miss Winter Olympics Due To Injury

Tue, 2014-01-07 06:04

A dominant downhill skier, Vonn has been trying to recover from a knee injury. "But the reality has sunk in that my knee is just too unstable to compete at this level," she announced Tuesday.

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To Make Healthier Choices, Color-Code Your Food (Green Means Go!)

Tue, 2014-01-07 05:26

Could a little red circle help you skip the comfort food this winter and maybe drop a few pounds? Doctors from Massachusetts General Hospital think so. They put traffic-light labels on their cafeteria's menu to signal the healthfulness of dishes. The colorful cues helped improve eating habits even two years later.

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Senate Votes To Move Ahead On Extending Unemployment Benefits

Tue, 2014-01-07 05:13

In a 60-37 vote, the measure passes a key procedural hurdle, moving a three-month extension of benefits to 1.3 million Americans closer to passage.

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Hang In There Another Day Or So — Warmer Air Is Coming

Tue, 2014-01-07 04:45

While bone-chilling temperatures remain across much of the nation, there are some fun (and safe) things to do. Morning Edition is asking for photos about what some very cool folks are up to.

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London's Cheeky Skyscrapers

Tue, 2014-01-07 03:57

London's most modern skyscrapers have their formal names. But they are also given irreverent nicknames like "The Cheese Grater" and "The Prawn."

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Florida State Wins A Thriller To Take College Championship

Tue, 2014-01-07 03:45

A wild final 4 1/2 minutes was capped by Florida State's winning touchdown that came with just 13 seconds left in the game. So the much-debated Bowl Championship Series system ends with a great game.

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The Secret Burglary That Exposed J. Edgar Hoover's FBI

Mon, 2014-01-06 23:58

A new book reveals details of the historic 1971 burglary of an FBI office in Media, Pa. The theft of documents exposed domestic surveillance abuses committed by J. Edgar Hoover's FBI. The bureau never solved the case. Now, for the first time in four decades, the people behind the burglary have told their story.

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