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President Obama Signs Budget, Defense Bills

Thu, 2013-12-26 13:50

The bipartisan spending measure eases mandatory sequestration cuts over the next two years and the defense authorization gives the Pentagon nearly $527 billion for fiscal 2014.

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The Tragic Number That Got Us All Talking About Our Clothing

Thu, 2013-12-26 13:39

As 2013 wraps up, NPR is looking at the numbers that tell this year's story. The number 1,134 got us all talking about where our clothes come from, who's making it, and under what conditions. It's the official death toll of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh.

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How 2013 Became The 'Gayest Year Ever'

Thu, 2013-12-26 13:34

Utah's surprise decision to legalize same-sex marriage caps a landmark year for gay rights. The last 12 months saw a huge string of victories, from state legislatures, to Congress, to the Supreme Court.

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Experimental Tool Uses Light To Tweak The Living Brain

Thu, 2013-12-26 13:25

An experimental technique called optogenetics is starting to change the way researchers look at the brain. The tool allows them to switch entire brain circuits on and off using light, and may help figure out what's going wrong in brain ailments from epilepsy to depression.

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Iowa Opens The Doors To Medicaid Coverage, On Its Own Terms

Thu, 2013-12-26 13:19

Iowa initially chose not to expand Medicaid to thousands of beneficiaries under the Affordable Care Act. But it's come up with a plan that uses federal money to pay for expansion, while writing its own rules. Beneficiaries will have to pay a small premium, for instance.

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Syria's War Creates A Market For Artificial Legs

Thu, 2013-12-26 13:13

Before Syria's civil war, there was no real need for a clinic that could teach the disabled how to walk on artificial legs. Now there's huge demand, not only for the legs, but also for training.

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Venezualan Flights Are Dirt Cheap ... If You Can Get A Ticket

Thu, 2013-12-26 13:10

The good news is that air travel to and from Venezuela is dirt cheap due to the difference between the official cost of tickets and the black-market currency rate. The bad news is that many flights are booked up months in advance.

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Manufacturing 2.0: Old Industry Creating New High-Tech Jobs

Thu, 2013-12-26 13:07

As the U.S. economy continues to recover, it has been getting some help from an unexpected place. After decades of massive job losses, manufacturing firms have been steadily creating jobs — many of them well-paying. One particularly bright spot is a new generation of high-tech manufacturers.

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Thai Government Says It Won't Postpone Parliamentary Elections

Thu, 2013-12-26 12:36

Citing violent clashes between police and anti-government protesters, the country's Election Commission asked for a delay in the Feb. 2 vote.

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West Coast's Early Warning System For Quakes Still Spotty

Thu, 2013-12-26 12:01

Japan already relies on a system that helps prevent industrial accidents and train derailments by sending warnings as much as a minute before the ground starts shaking. That much time could save lives after a major earthquake in California, but seismologists say a prototype system there lacks funding and has big gaps.

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Suspect Pleads Not Guilty In Fatal Shooting Of TSA Agent In LA

Thu, 2013-12-26 11:42

Paul Anthony Ciancia, accused of killing Gerardo Hernandez, faces a first-degree murder charge and 10 other counts related to the Nov. 1 attack at Los Angeles International Airport.

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In 2013, Federal Workers Found New Reason To Be Unhappy

Thu, 2013-12-26 10:51

A recent survey shows that furloughs and hiring freezes conspired to dampen morale. But if federal workers are feeling undervalued, their job security remains high.

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Common Knee Surgery May Help No More Than A Fake Operation

Thu, 2013-12-26 10:45

Surgery to repair a damaged knee meniscus is very common, but it may not help a lot of people, a study finds. That may be because some people benefit more than others, and doctors still don't know who is going to get the most out of surgery.

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Cowboys' Emergency QB Kitna Will Give Away His Pay

Thu, 2013-12-26 10:12

Jon Kitna is coming out of retirement to be the backup quarterback for Dallas on Sunday. He's going to give the $53,000 he'll be paid to the school in Tacoma, Wash., where he now teaches math and coaches football.

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