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Prosecutor's Murky Death Could Impact Argentina's Elections

Thu, 2015-01-29 12:59

Argentina is focused on the funeral of a prosecutor who died mysteriously. And the nation's politics — with elections this fall — reverberate over the 20-year-old bombing he was investigating.

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The Spicy History Of Short Selling Stocks

Thu, 2015-01-29 12:59

David Kestenbaum of NPR's Planet Money tells the story of the first stock ever shorted. It's a tale of intrigue, lies, sabotage and a life of exile.

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Mormon LGBT Announcement Met With Cheers, Skepticism

Thu, 2015-01-29 12:59

Robert Siegel talks to Mormon leader Elder Dallin Oaks about the press conference this week where the church announced it would support LGBT anti-discrimination legislation in return for laws that protect religious freedom.

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Senators Work To Open Up Travel For Americans To Cuba

Thu, 2015-01-29 12:59

Several members of Congress — recently back from Cuba — are taking steps to further ease a decades old embargo on the communist island. But even as they announced new legislation to open up travel for Americans, Cuba's president is talking tough about what it will take to ultimately normalize ties.

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Guantanamo Bay A Sticking Point Between U.S., Cuba Since 1903

Thu, 2015-01-29 12:59

Guantanamo Bay is home to the United States' oldest overseas base. Melissa Block talks to Vanderbilt History Professor Paul Kramer.

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Food Industry Drags Its Heels On Recyclable And Compostable Packaging

Thu, 2015-01-29 12:56

A new report from two environmental groups reviewed the recyclability and compostability of packaging from 47 food companies. It found few examples of companies that have prioritized waste reduction.

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Pro-ISIS Messages Create Dilemma For Social Media Companies

Thu, 2015-01-29 12:54

Facebook, YouTube and other sites are being asked to do more to stop terrorists. Yet they are also being asked to let some of the propaganda remain to help officials track jihadis.

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U.S. Report On Spending In Afghanistan Classified For First Time

Thu, 2015-01-29 12:51

The latest quarterly report on U.S. spending in Afghanistan was released on Thursday. Conspicuously missing were figures on how more than $50 billion is being spent on training and equipping Afghan military and police forces. Those figures have been classified for the first time in years of such reporting and the general who ordered keeping them secret says it's to keep enemies from sharpening their attacks. Key senators disagree.

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Woman Held By Jordan Has Close Ties To Islamic State

Thu, 2015-01-29 12:51

Jordan has indicated that it is willing to swap a convicted terrorist for a Jordanian pilot held captive by the so-called Islamic State. The terrorist is a woman named Sajida al-Rishawi. She and her husband conducted a suicide attack at a Jordanian hotel. Her belt did not detonate but dozens of people were killed. ISIS has demanded her release in part because she has longstanding ties to the group.

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Girls Get Good Grades But Still Need Help. As For Boys ... SOS!

Thu, 2015-01-29 11:42

A study shows that girls do better in math, science and reading than boys in just about every country. So boys clearly need help to success in school. But so do girls.

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British Fighters 'Escort' Russian Bombers Near U.K. Airspace

Thu, 2015-01-29 10:35

A pair of Russian "Bear" bombers flew alarmingly close to British airspace on Wednesday. London has asked Moscow to explain the incident.

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Gunman Reportedly Kills 3 U.S. Contractors In Attack At Kabul Airport

Thu, 2015-01-29 10:02

Three Americans who were working as contractors in Afghanistan died in a gunman's attack at Kabul's international airport complex Thursday, according to the AP.

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McCain Calls Protesters 'Low-Life Scum' At Senate Hearing

Thu, 2015-01-29 09:49

The anti-war demonstrators were shouting at former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who was attending a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on global security challenges.

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Senate Prepares To OK Keystone XL Oil Pipeline Despite Obama Veto Threat

Thu, 2015-01-29 09:21

Sixty senators support the measure, but it doesn't appear to have enough backing to override a presidential veto. A vote could come as early as today. The House approved a similar measure this month.

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Treasure Hunter Who Disappeared With Shipwreck Loot To Appear In Court

Thu, 2015-01-29 09:03

Tommy Thompson, who found one of the most lucrative wrecks in history, had been living under an assumed name for two years after failing to appear in a lawsuit brought by the project's backers.

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U.S. Classifies Some Basic Statistics About Afghan Security Forces

Thu, 2015-01-29 08:27

The watchdog in charge of Afghan reconstruction said the classification threatens its ability to publicly account for the billions of dollars spent each year on Afghan forces.

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Portugal To Offer Citizenship To Descendants Of Expelled Jews

Thu, 2015-01-29 08:26

Portugal's Jews were expelled, burned at the stake or forcibly converted to Christianity 500 years ago. The government wants says it wants to right a wrong. Spain approved a similar law last year.

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Cleveland Hospitals Grapple With Readmission Fines

Thu, 2015-01-29 07:44

The Cleveland Clinic has seen its Medicare penalties go down, while those paid by hospitals that serve many of Cleveland's poorer residents have gone up.

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At Least 3 Dead, Dozens Injured In Explosion At Mexico City Maternity Hospital

Thu, 2015-01-29 07:38

A gas tank truck exploded while servicing the maternity and children's hospital in Mexico City. Fifty-four people were hurt and an unknown number remained trapped.

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French Police Question 8-Year-Old Over Alleged Support For Paris Gunmen

Thu, 2015-01-29 06:25

The third-grader allegedly refused to observe a minute of silence in school following the attack on Charlie Hebdo. Police say he also expressed solidarity with the gunmen. He has not been charged.

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