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Construction Begins On California's $68 Billion High-Speed Rail Line

Tue, 2015-01-06 18:53

Once completed, the line could travel faster than 200 miles an hour and get people from Los Angeles to San Francisco in less than three hours. But the project only has a fifth of the funding it needs.

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Two Small Earthquakes Shake Dallas; Jokes Ensue

Tue, 2015-01-06 17:12

Some residents said they felt nothing; some worried about the effects of fracking; others joked about it all.

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Botched Lethal Injection Executions Reignite Death Penalty Debate

Tue, 2015-01-06 13:45

Capital punishment and lethal injection were in the news quite a bit in 2014. Unable to secure certain drugs, states began using new ones, and that caused a number of executions to go awry.

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Republican Majority Makes Boehner's Job Easier — And Harder

Tue, 2015-01-06 13:39

Republicans formally took full control of Congress for the first time during Barack Obama's presidency on Tuesday. Republicans took over the Senate and added to their majority in the House.

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Kirby Delauter, Who Didn't Want His Name In A News Story, Is Now A Story

Tue, 2015-01-06 13:23

Frederick County, Md., Council Member Kirby Delauter threatened a local reporter with a lawsuit for using his name in a story without permission. The Frederick News-Post responded in an editorial.

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An Army Chaplain, First Tested By War, Finds His Faith Renewed

Tue, 2015-01-06 12:54

When David Peters went to Iraq as an Army chaplain, his relationship with God faltered. But after years of feeling adrift, he eventually found that the trauma of war had actually deepened his faith.

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DishTV's New Service Targets Cable Cord Cutters

Tue, 2015-01-06 12:53

DishTV is offering a new digital service for cord cutters — ESPN and a dozen other channels for just $20 a month. Does it lead to a cable-less future?

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NYPD Union Leader: Apology From De Blasio Would Go A Long Way

Tue, 2015-01-06 12:48

Patrick Lynch, the head of the big New York City Police Department union, the Patrolman's Benevolent Association, has been a outspoken critic of Mayor Bill de Blasio.

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Baseball Hall Of Fame Elects Three Pitchers, Second Baseman

Tue, 2015-01-06 12:37

Pitchers Randy Johnson, John Smoltz and Pedro Martinez, and second baseman Craig Biggio were elected to the Hall of Fame on Tuesday. Robert Siegel talks to Tom Goldman about the selections and some of the notable ballplayers who did not get in, like Don Mattingly.

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Bess Meyerson Was An Author, TV Personality, Civil Servant

Tue, 2015-01-06 12:37

Bess Myerson was crowned Miss America in 1945 and was the only Jewish-American woman to ever hold the title. She went on to have a long career in public affairs though it was sometimes marked by scandal. She died Dec. 14 at the age of 90.

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Freshman Representatives Start First Day In Congress

Tue, 2015-01-06 12:37

Robert Siegel talks to Republican Congresswoman Mimi Walters of California and Democratic Congressman Ruben Gallego of Arizona about starting their first term in Congress.

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Lawyers Try To Fight Death Penalty With New PTSD Understanding

Tue, 2015-01-06 12:37

A 66-year-old Vietnam vet is due to be executed next week for the 1998 murder of a deputy sheriff in Georgia. There's no question that he shot the officer thanks to a grisly dashcam video. But the man's lawyers say PTSD and mental illness were not taken into consideration at sentencing.

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Former Virginia Gov. McDonnell Sentenced To Two Years In Prison

Tue, 2015-01-06 12:37

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will spend two years in federal prison. McDonnell was sentenced on Tuesday. He and his wife were convicted of using the governor's office for favors to businessman Johnnie Williams in exchange for over $170,000 in loans and gifts.

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Keystone XL Pipeline Gets Another Chance With New Congress

Tue, 2015-01-06 12:37

With the new Congress sworn in and the GOP in charge, votes to advance the Keystone XL Pipeline are the first order of business.

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Obama And Mexican President Talk Cuba, Immigration

Tue, 2015-01-06 12:37

Two big issues between President Obama and his Mexican counterpart: Obama's recent controversial executive actions on immigration and Cuba.

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Anti-Muslim Rallies Grow In Germany

Tue, 2015-01-06 12:37

A movement tinged with anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim sentiment has been growing in the German city of Dresden since the fall. The city's weekly rally grew to some 18,000 people on Monday. Robert Siegel speaks with Melanie Amann, who covers German national politics for the newspaper Der Spiegel, about the so-called "PEGIDA" movement.

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From Paleo To Plant-Based, New Report Ranks Top Diets Of 2015

Tue, 2015-01-06 12:19

The caveman way of eating ranked near the bottom of a list of 35 diets ranked by medical and nutrition experts. The winners? The Mediterranean-like DASH and the plant-centric Ornish eating plan.

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Free-Climbing Yosemite's El Capitan Takes A Team — And Time

Tue, 2015-01-06 12:14

Two rock climbers are close to finishing a hugely ambitious project on El Capitan in the Yosemite Valley — free-climbing the Dawn Wall. They talked to NPR's Melissa Block from the rock face.

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Johnson, Smoltz, Martinez And Biggio Voted To Baseball's Hall

Tue, 2015-01-06 12:02

Three dominating pitchers and one resilient fan favorite are heading to Cooperstown, as Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio were named to Baseball's Hall of Fame Tuesday.

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Tight Control Of Type 1 Diabetes Saves Lives, But It's Tough

Tue, 2015-01-06 11:10

Keeping blood sugar under control reduces the risk of early death for people with Type 1 diabetes, a study finds. But keeping that tight control can be hard, even for people with good health care.

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