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New Justice Department Environment Chief Takes Helm Of Gulf Spill Case

January 19, 2015 - 4:03am

John Cruden returns to the department as litigation over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill intensifies. He'll also defend Obama climate change rules and try to protect wildlife while in the post.

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What Does Martin Luther King Jr.'s Legacy Look Like To A 5-Year-Old?

January 19, 2015 - 3:35am

Teachers all over the country are finding ways to talk about the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. In one Washington, D.C., classroom, the lessons about race come alive.

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Why Ants Handle Traffic Better Than You Do

January 19, 2015 - 3:34am

Ants don't show road rage. In fact, some research shows they rarely get into traffic jams and are able to maintain a steady speed even as their numbers swell. Can physics explain it?

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Larry Wilmore's 'Nightly Show' Brings A New Voice to Late Night TV

January 19, 2015 - 3:34am

The ex-Daily Show correspondent becomes the only black man to host an entertainment show in late night TV. And he starts on an important occasion; the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

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When Bariatric Surgery's Benefits Wane, This Procedure Can Help

January 19, 2015 - 3:33am

Bariatric surgery works for severely obese patients because it shrinks the size of the stomach. But years later, the stomach starts to expand and some patients regain the weight they lost.

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In Support Of Seattle's Seahawks, City Hall Bans Cheese

January 16, 2015 - 7:08am

The city manager of Bainbridge Island in Washington instituted the cheese ban. The Green Bay Packers, with their cheesehead fans, play the Seattle Seahawks Sunday. The winner heads to the Super Bowl.

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Colts QB Andrew Luck Admits His Beard Is A Bad Look

January 16, 2015 - 6:46am

The Indianapolis Colts made the AFC title game, led by quarterback Andrew Luck, who grew a neck beard — a beard down his neck. It's referred to as the neard.

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Oscar Nominations Lack Diversity; 'Selma' Snubbed

January 16, 2015 - 5:10am

All 20 nominees in the actor and actress categories are white. The directors and screenwriters nominated are male. David Greene talks to Wesley Morris, who writes for the online magazine Grantland.

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Economic Isolation Weighs On Iranians; Desire Nuclear Talks Resolved

January 16, 2015 - 5:10am

As nuclear talks with Iran resume, Steve Inskeep talks to Thomas Erdbrink, Tehran bureau chief for The New York Times, about rhetoric and sentiment in that country.

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Latest Judge's Ruling On BP Oil Spill Is Key To Upcoming Trial

January 16, 2015 - 5:10am

A federal judge in New Orleans has ruled that BP dumped 3.19 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. The company could face a maximum $13.7 billion fine.

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Milwaukee Group Teaches Protesters Civil Disobedience Tactics

January 16, 2015 - 5:10am

Dozens of people in Milwaukee have been protesting for months after a white police officer fired 14 shots and killed a mentally ill, unarmed African American man last April.

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Obama Urges Congress To Make Paid Sick Leave Mandatory

January 16, 2015 - 5:10am

President Obama says employers should offer more generous leave policies, including paid sick leave for the 43 million American workers who don't have it. Obama is urging Congress to require that.

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'Blackhat' Offers Fictionalized Version Of Cyberterrorism

January 16, 2015 - 5:10am

Michael Mann's new cybercrime thriller stars Chris Hemsworth. Mann's skill as a director holds the audience's attention as the team follows lines of electronic breadcrumbs in pursuit of the evil one.

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White House Begins Implementing Changes In U.S.-Cuban Relations

January 16, 2015 - 5:10am

The moves to be made on Friday, loosen restrictions on travel and trade. The U.S. travel ban to Cuba is still technically in place, but experts say it's become a lot easier to go there anyway.

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Oklahoma Executes 1st Inmate Since Lethal Injection Problems

January 16, 2015 - 5:10am

More than 8 months after Oklahoma officials struggled to perform an execution, the state executed Charles Frederick Warner who was convicted in the 1997 rape and beating death of an 11-month-old girl.

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Police In Europe Round Up Terrorist Suspects

January 16, 2015 - 5:10am

A week after they killed the Paris shooters, French police arrested at least a dozen more suspects. In Belgium, police killed two suspects and captured a third. Police in Berlin also made arrests.

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Akhavan's 'Appropriate Behavior' Defies Categories And Stereotypes

January 16, 2015 - 5:10am

Director, screenwriter and actor Desiree Akhavan's debut feature opens Friday in select theaters and on demand. The movie is about a bisexual Iranian-American trying to get over her break up.

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Released From Prison After 22 Years, But Still 'Locked Up'

January 16, 2015 - 5:10am

Before Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn left office, he granted clemency for Tyrone Hood, who had served more than two decades for a murder Hood says he did not commit. Now Hood is fighting to clear his name.

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How Cars Evolved Over The Last Decade

January 16, 2015 - 5:10am

Year after year, little by little, cars are guiding drivers, protecting them from their incompetence and distractions, squeezing out more fuel economy and making everyone on the roads safer.

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Yemen's Deteriorating Stability Makes It A Perfect Home For Al-Qaida

January 16, 2015 - 5:10am

David Greene talks to Danya Greenfield, deputy director of the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, about al-Qaida's presence in Yemen and the nature of U.S. counterterrorism operations there.

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