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WATCH: Full Video Of President Obama's Interview With NPR

Thu, 2015-01-01 08:26

The interview was wide-ranging and nuanced. Obama touched on topics ranging from Iran to his view of race relations in the country to the new political reality of a Legislature controlled by the GOP.

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North Korea's Kim Jong-Un Says He's Open To Summit With South Korea

Thu, 2015-01-01 07:37

During a New Year's address, Kim said he would talk to South Korean President Park Geun-hye if the "atmosphere and environment are right."

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Japan's Population Declined In 2014 As Births Fell To A New Low

Thu, 2015-01-01 06:45

The country's aging and shrinking population have been issues of concern and could have severe economic consequences.

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Family Buries First Victim Of AirAsia Plane Crash

Thu, 2015-01-01 06:08

Authorities returned the remains of Hayati Lutfiah Hamid to her family in a ceremony in Indonesia. It was the first of many more to come.

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Watch: In Dubai, The Coolest New Year's Eve Spectacle?

Thu, 2015-01-01 04:20

The city already known for its extravagance upped the ante by lighting up the world's tallest building with a Guinness-breaking 70,000 LED bulbs.

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Egyptian Court Orders Retrial Of Al Jazeera Journalists

Thu, 2015-01-01 03:06

The court tossed the men's convictions, but it did not order their release. It's unclear when a new trial would start.

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Sen. Marco Rubio Hopes For A Congress 'Whose Work Is Relevant' To Americans

Thu, 2015-01-01 00:02

The Republican party begins 2015 in control of both chambers of Congress. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., talks with Steve Inskeep about the party's priorities and the possibility of a presidential bid.

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With Rescue Dogs In Demand, More Shelters Look Far Afield For Fido

Wed, 2014-12-31 23:50

In many parts of the country, demand for adoptive pets outstrips the supply of healthy dogs. Many shelters and rescue groups now import dogs from other states — and even other countries.

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Ebola Aid Workers Still Avoiding New York And New Jersey

Wed, 2014-12-31 23:49

It's been months since a nurse who treated Ebola patients in Africa was quarantined by New Jersey's governor upon arrival at Newark airport. But a legacy of confusion about state travel rules remains.

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Pastry With Soul. It's That Simple

Wed, 2014-12-31 23:49

New York pastry chef Brooks Headley calls his cookbook Fancy Desserts. But his Italian grandmother is his real inspiration, he says, and she was all about homestyle: simple and fresh.

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Flood Damage Restored, Aging Congregation Still Faces Challenges

Wed, 2014-12-31 23:48

Chapel of the Interlude in Drake, Colo., was damaged in 2013 when a flood brought mud, sticks and other debris into the building. So the aging congregation came together and restored their oasis.

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Kim Jong Un Welcomes Talks With South Korea, In New Year's Day Speech

Wed, 2014-12-31 21:04

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said in nationally televised New Year's speech on Thursday that he is open to a summit with his South Korean counterpart.

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A Break In Weather Allows Search For AirAsia Jet To Resume

Wed, 2014-12-31 20:20

Blue skies and calmer seas mean divers can enter the water to look for bodies. Also a source close to the investigation says radar shows the jet climbed steeply before crashing into the Java Sea.

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Stampede Kills 35 At Shanghai New Year's Celebration

Wed, 2014-12-31 19:38

At least 42 were hurt in the incident at the city's historic waterfront district, despite efforts made by organizers to reduce crowd sizes from last year.

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A Haven In A Land Of Unsafe Abortions

Wed, 2014-12-31 13:29

In India, abortions are legal. But women are often afraid or ashamed to seek an abortion. And for rural women, there may not be a facility nearby. Here is the story of one woman's decision.

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Long-Awaited College Football Playoff Finally Here

Wed, 2014-12-31 13:19

In one semifinal, top-ranked Alabama is pitted against Ohio State. In the other, defending champion and undefeated Florida State takes on Oregon. Robert Siegel talks to Grantland's Holly Anderson.

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Luck Be A Lentil Tonight! What The World Eats To Welcome The New Year

Wed, 2014-12-31 13:10

From Italy to Japan to the Philippines, people will hope for happiness, health and wealth as they sit down to a New Year's meal. Sometimes that last wish is expressed as actual money in the food.

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'Gilmore Girls' Actor Edward Herrmann, Who Also Portrayed FDR, Dies

Wed, 2014-12-31 13:03

He played the head vampire in The Lost Boys, a three-term president on TV and a beloved grandfather. The Emmy- and Tony-winning actor was 71. The cause was brain cancer, his manager said.

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No-Kill Shelters Save Millions Of Unwanted Pets — But Not All Of Them

Wed, 2014-12-31 12:26

In the 20 years since San Francisco's SPCA guaranteed adoption for healthy dogs, shelters and rescue groups have embraced the no-kill approach. But the term means different things to different people.

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Rain Eases California Drought Anxiety, If Not The Actual Drought

Wed, 2014-12-31 12:26

This year was the third-driest on record for the state, but recent storms, plus new groundwater regulations, have given the hardest-hit agricultural towns a glimmer of hope.

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