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Brothers On C-Span Divided By Politics, United In Mortification By Mom's Call

Tue, 2014-12-16 11:19

Brad Woodhouse is a Democrat. His brother, Dallas Woodhouse, is Republican. They were arguing on C-Span when their mother called in. Watch their exchange.

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Suspect In Shooting Spree Near Philadelphia Has Been Found Dead

Tue, 2014-12-16 10:57

Police have found the body of Bradley Stone, who they say went on a shooting rampage that killed his ex-wife and five of her relatives in Montgomery County, Pa., Monday.

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A Game Of Ludo Helps Liberians Catch A Break From Ebola

Tue, 2014-12-16 10:52

The fast-paced board game — it's a lot like Parcheesi — offers a way to escape the stress of life in the Ebola zone.

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'Torture Report': A Closer Look At When And What President Bush Knew

Tue, 2014-12-16 09:58

A Senate investigation says President George W. Bush was not briefed on the specifics of how the CIA interrogated terrorism suspects until four years into the program. Bush denies that.

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Amid Strains, Syrian Refugees Are Facing Curfews In Lebanon

Tue, 2014-12-16 09:47

The fragile country now hosts some 1 million Syrian refugees. Some towns have set up civilian volunteers to enforce curfews on the refugees, leading to rising tensions and some cases of abuse.

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Apple Wins $1B iPod Antitrust Lawsuit

Tue, 2014-12-16 09:40

A California jury has found that Apple's iTunes 7.0 did not violate antitrust laws when it restricted files bought on other music services.

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Economists: Congress Gets A Hat Tip (Barely) For Its Efforts

Tue, 2014-12-16 09:23

Congress passed no laws addressing the minimum wage, tax reform, trade or immigration this year. But judged by the low recent standards, lawmakers got light applause from economists.

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Scientists Debate If It's OK To Make Viruses More Dangerous In The Lab

Tue, 2014-12-16 09:19

Researchers are struggling with how to balance the benefits and risks of genetic experiments that can give viruses new talents for causing infections.

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Deggans: 'Fargo,' 'True Detective,' 'Transparent' Top Best TV of 2014

Tue, 2014-12-16 08:53

At a time when there is so much good TV around, NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says any Top Ten list says as much about the critic as the shows they are picking.

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Has Vladimir Putin Just Overplayed His Hand?

Tue, 2014-12-16 08:15

The Russia leader was riding high at home this year with the successful Winter Olympics and his annexation of Crimea. Now he's staring at a recession and has alienated Western nations that could help.

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Hunt For Dengue Vaccine Gets Closer

Tue, 2014-12-16 08:12

Dengue sickens millions of people each year, and there's no cure. Now scientists have found powerful antibodies that stop the virus. Their discovery offers a road map to develop a simple vaccine.

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FIFA Dismisses U.S. Lawyer's Appeal On Handling Of World Cup Report

Tue, 2014-12-16 07:41

Michael Garcia had filed an appeal against how his report into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 soccer World Cup was handled. FIFA said his appeal is inadmissible.

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Jeb Bush Announces He Will 'Actively Explore' Presidential Run

Tue, 2014-12-16 06:34

Bush, a GOP favorite, said he would establish a political action committee in January to "facilitate conversations with citizens across America."

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Book News: James Patterson Makes Good On $1M Promise To Indies

Tue, 2014-12-16 06:26

With a final $437,000 push, his plan to donate $1 million of his own money to support independent booksellers is complete. Also: Judy Blume is set to publish her first adult novel in 15 years.

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Thousands Lay Flowers At The Site Hostage Siege In Sydney

Tue, 2014-12-16 05:24

A day after two people, plus a gunman were killed in a hostage siege, thousands of Australians left bouquets of flowers. Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his wife visited and signed a condolence book.

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Few Employers Cover Egg Freezing For Women With Cancer

Tue, 2014-12-16 04:22

Although egg freezing is the perk of the moment at some high-profile companies, the option isn't often available, even for women with serious illnesses that could affect their fertility.

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Russia's Rate Increase Fails To Stop Currency's Steep Decline

Tue, 2014-12-16 03:41

The ruble plunged to a record low against the dollar, today, despite efforts by the Russian central bank to stabilize it.

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Is Courting Controversy An Urban Outfitters Strategy?

Tue, 2014-12-16 03:03

Questionable sincerity aside, the recent pileup of apparent missteps by the retailer raises another question: Is the company doing it on purpose?

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Taliban Gunmen Storm School, Kill Dozens In Pakistan

Tue, 2014-12-16 02:35

Officials said the death toll stood at 126 more than half of them were students. The school is run by the military and the Taliban said they were retaliating for a recent military offensive.

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Judge Regrets Harsh Human Toll Of Mandatory Minimum Sentences

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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