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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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Sunday Assembly: A Church For The Godless Picks Up Steam

Mon, 2014-01-06 23:57

There's little talk of God at "Sunday Assembly," but you will find community, music and skepticism. There are now almost 30 congregations in several countries, offering what the British founders of the movement call "the best bits of church, but with no religion and awesome pop songs."

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Florida St. Beats Auburn 34-31 In Last BCS Championship Game

Mon, 2014-01-06 21:27

Jameis Winston threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin with 13 seconds left and No. 1 Florida State beat No. 2 Auburn 34-31 to win the last BCS national championship game on Monday night.

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Texas Hires Coach Charlie Strong, And History Is Close At Hand

Mon, 2014-01-06 17:57

As he moves from Louisville to Austin, Strong becomes the first black coach of a men's team at Texas. For some, his hiring brings to mind how things have changed at a school that, during the 1960s, fielded teams made up of only white players.

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Funding Could Dry Up For Kentucky's Noah's Ark Theme Park

Mon, 2014-01-06 17:55

Answers in Genesis, the nonprofit building the park, has fallen short of its fundraising target and must raise $29 million by Feb. 6.

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Panama Asks Spain To Help Resolve Canal Expansion Dispute

Mon, 2014-01-06 15:54

A European-led consortium has issued an ultimatum to the Panama Canal Authority, saying it will stop work unless it gets paid for $1.6 billion in cost overruns.

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CES 2014: Toothbrush? Bed? Car? Put Some Internet On It

Mon, 2014-01-06 15:21

The Consumer Electronics Show is the tech industry's annual electronics showcase in Las Vegas, where companies are showing off their latest-and-greatest gadgets like Internet-connected toothbrushes (ideal for hygiene-concerned helicopter parents) and cars that come equipped with a 4G cell connection.

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Senate Confirms Janet Yellen As Federal Reserve Chair

Mon, 2014-01-06 15:01

Janet Yellen, 67, will become the first woman to serve as America's banking chief, heading an institution that was established in 1913.

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Tighter Access To 'Death Master File' Has Researchers Worried

Mon, 2014-01-06 14:37

The Social Security Administration has long kept track of deaths so it can stop checks when recipients die. And while researchers have used the file for years, fraudsters have, too. So Congress is limiting access to the data — and that has everyone from bankers to genealogists concerned.

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Health Care Costs Grew More Slowly Than The Economy In 2012

Mon, 2014-01-06 14:30

Health care costs grew at 3.7 percent in 2012, the fourth year of a trend of smaller annual increases. The Obama administration says that the Affordable Care Act is a factor. But the actuaries who wrote the report beg to differ, saying the recession is a more likely cause.

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Democrats Tackle Politics Of Income Inequality

Mon, 2014-01-06 14:24

Their embrace of the issue, which includes minimum wage and unemployment insurance legislation, has drawn push back from the GOP. Republicans say the efforts are politically motivated and designed to distract from problems with the health care law.

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4 Lessons From Liz Cheney's Ill-Fated Senate Run

Mon, 2014-01-06 14:02

Even before family health issues arose, Cheney's campaign appeared to face dim prospects in the Wyoming GOP primary against Sen. Mike Enzi. One lesson from her now-ended bid: A famous political name only gets you so far.

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How Much Does A New Hip Cost? Even The Surgeon Doesn't Know

Mon, 2014-01-06 13:46

Medicare spends about $20 billion each year on implanted medical devices. Nearly half of the total goes for orthopedic surgery. Yet doctors who were surveyed about implant prices could only accurately estimate the prices about one-fifth of the time.

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Foul Weather In Britain Linked To U.S. 'Polar Vortex'

Mon, 2014-01-06 13:36

The southwestern U.K. is getting slammed by huge waves whipped up by 70 mph winds accompanying a low-pressure system sweeping in from the Atlantic.

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Don't Just Shiver, Here Are 3 Cold-Weather Experiments To Try

Mon, 2014-01-06 13:29

With weather this cold, you could make an instant Slurpee and "snow" from boiling water.

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How I Almost Got Arrested With A South Sudanese Ex-Minister

Mon, 2014-01-06 13:22

A dozen war heroes from South Sudan's long struggle for independence are now accused of launching a coup to overthrow the democracy they helped create. One of them, Peter Adwok Nyaba, was telling NPR's Gregory Warner about the political roots of the conflict when police came for him.

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