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Israelis Pay Respects To Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon

Sun, 2014-01-12 05:02

Sharon's casket was lying in state outside the Knesset on Sunday. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sharon was "one of the greatest military leaders."

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The Brawl Over Baseball Hall Of Fame Voting

Sun, 2014-01-12 05:00

The new Baseball Hall of Fame inductees were announced this week — and it's not just who got in and who didn't that's causing a stir; the voting itself has people talking. Sports correspondent Mike Pesca speaks with NPR's Rachel Martin about that and the reduction of New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez's suspension.

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Insane Clown Posse Sues FBI For Targeting Fans

Sun, 2014-01-12 05:00

Fans of the band Insane Clown Posse, known as Juggalos, were classified as a gang by the FBI in 2011. Now the band and four fans have filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice and the FBI. NPR's Rachel Martin talks about the suit with journalist Patrick Flanary, who covered the suit for Rolling Stone magazine.

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New Constitution Is A Sign Of Tunisia's Optimism

Sun, 2014-01-12 05:00

Tunisian lawmakers are poised to give final approval to a new constitution later this week. Political wrangling over the document has long delayed the ratification process, but if the constitution gains final approval on Tuesday, as planned, it will set the stage for a new round of parliamentary elections.

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Ariel Sharon Was Part Of Israel's Tragedy And Solution

Sun, 2014-01-12 05:00

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon died on Saturday. He was a soldier-turned-politician who believed in hardline military solutions but also looked beyond force to try to bring peace in Israel. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Ari Shavit of The Haaretz newspaper about what Sharon meant for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

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New Tax Can't Keep Greeks From Smoking

Sun, 2014-01-12 05:00

More than 40 percent of Greeks over 15 smoke, among the highest percentages in the world. Three years ago, the government banned smoking indoors in bars, restaurants and cafes — but the ban has never been enforced.

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Neiman Marcus Credit Card Breach Heightens Consumer Concerns

Sun, 2014-01-12 05:00

Upscale department store Neiman Marcus is the latest retailer to disclose data security breaches. The disclosure comes just a day after Target issued another apology for a data breach that occurred during the holiday season. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Brian Krebs, who broke both stories on his blog, KrebsOnSecurity.

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Prison Gardens Help Inmates Grow Their Own Food — And Skills

Sun, 2014-01-12 02:22

From Connecticut to Minnesota to California, correctional authorities are finding all kinds of reasons to produce food inside prison walls. A new video provides a glimpse of one of these projects, a vegetable garden inside San Quentin State prison outside of San Francisco.

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A Black Church's Dilemma: Preserve A Building, Or Our Identity?

Sun, 2014-01-12 02:21

The crumbling Centennial Baptist Church in Helena, Ark., has deep roots in the African-American community. But poverty and other concerns in this Delta town have made raising restoration funds difficult — and the effort to keep the church in black hands has sparked tensions with local preservationists.

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Accenture To Replace CGI Federal Running Obamacare Site

Sat, 2014-01-11 16:49

The main contractor behind the embattled Affordable Care Act enrollment site, which suffered major technological issues after its Oct. 1 debut, will be replaced early this year.

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Neiman Marcus Notifying Customers Whose Cards Were Compromised

Sat, 2014-01-11 13:42

The Wall Street Journal reports the breach affected fewer than one million cards. The retailer has not released estimates on how many cards were compromised.

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Egyptians To Vote On New Constitution For Troubled Nation

Sat, 2014-01-11 13:00

Next week, Egypt holds yet another referendum on its constitution. We talk to political scientist Nathan Brown on what the likely outcome is, and if it could mean more stability in the country.

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Ariel Sharon's Death Sparks Strong Emotions Across Middle East

Sat, 2014-01-11 13:00

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon died Saturday at the age of 85. Israelis mourned the death of the celebrated politician and army general. But Palestinians reacted differently to the death of the controversial leader, who pushed for Jewish settlement of Palestinian territories.

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When The Right To Religion Conflicts With A Changing Society

Sat, 2014-01-11 13:00

Nuns sue to avoid contraceptive coverage. A baker refuses to make a cake for a same-sex wedding. These ongoing battles bring into question the scope of the right to religious liberty in America. Where do one person's rights end and another's begin?

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McDonnell Douglas DC-9 Flies Into Retirement

Sat, 2014-01-11 13:00

A Delta Air Lines flight from Minneapolis to Atlanta on Monday marked the end of an era for the McDonnell Douglas DC-9. The passenger jet first took flight in 1965 and was known for its relatively small size, which let it land on short runways and expand air travel across the nation.

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A Feud That Lasted A Lifetime: Ariel Sharon Vs. Yasser Arafat

Sat, 2014-01-11 12:51

From its earliest days to its current state, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can largely be tracked by charting the lives of these arch-rivals. The two played major roles in shaping events, yet the enduring conflict has now outlasted both of them.

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Lieutenant Governors Make Headlines — For All The Wrong Reasons

Sat, 2014-01-11 12:49

Over the past year, four lieutenant governors have resigned amid scandal. Lieutenant governors may not have much power, but they're certainly capable of getting into trouble.

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5 Simple Habits Can Help Doctors Connect With Patients

Sat, 2014-01-11 10:53

Patients feel more satisfied with their care when their doctors take a minute to sit down beside them. But harried doctors often fail to remember niceties like that. All the memorization of medical school seems to crowd out common courtesy, especially for interns just starting to see patients.

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Alex Rodriguez Suspended For 2014 Season, Arbitrator Decides

Sat, 2014-01-11 09:32

The independent arbitrator upheld most of a 211-game suspension handed down by Major League Baseball. Alex Rodriguez said he would appeal the decision in a federal court.

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The War Over Poverty: A Deep Divide On How To Help

Sat, 2014-01-11 08:47

On the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson's "War on Poverty" speech, the clash between Republicans and Democrats on how to alleviate poverty has come front and center. Republicans insist that anti-poverty programs have failed; Democrats say they have worked and should be expanded.

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