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Ventriloquist Challenges Gag Order Against His Puppet

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 6:03am

Satirist Conrad Koch of South Africa denies that his puppet Chester Missing engaged in hate speech. When asked why someone takes a puppet to court, Chester Missing tweeted "You need to be a dummy."

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Florida Election Officials Don't Bother With Write-In Votes

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 5:56am

The Tampa Tribune reports that state election officials increasingly are not bothering to tally write-in votes. It's a tragedy for Mickey Mouse, who as a resident of Florida, was often named.

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Tomas Young, Iraq War Veteran And Critic, Dies At 34

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 3:59am

A vocal critic of the Iraq war and the Bush administration has died. In 2004, Army veteran Tomas Young deployed to Baghdad, where a bullet left him paralyzed. Young passed away at his home in Seattle.

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George W. Bush On Life After The White House

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 3:59am

In a sit-down interview at his office in Dallas, Former President George W. Bush discusses how both he and his father, former President George H.W. Bush, waged war against Saddam Hussein, and the state of Iraq today.

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Civil Rights Pioneer John Doar Dies At 92

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 3:59am

A former top Justice Department attorney who fought to desegregate the South during the Civil Rights movement has died. John Doar was 92.

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Afghan Police Suffer Uptick In Casualty Numbers

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 3:59am

As western military forces withdraw from Afghanistan, the Afghan security forces are coming under increasing pressure - about 9,000 have been killed in the last two years.

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George W. Bush On Ukraine

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 3:59am

In an interview with Morning Edition's David Greene about his new book — "41: A Portrait of my Father" — former President George W. Bush discusses how his father dealt with the fall of the Soviet Union, and how his own policies toward former Soviet republics affected the U.S. relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Lame-Duck Congress Gets Back To Work After Midterm Elections

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 3:59am

On the to-do list is a spending bill to continue government funding past Dec. 11, and a tax bill to preserve some long-standing breaks. First up, are leadership elections.

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China, U.S. Pledge To Limit Greenhouse Gases

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 3:59am

President Obama and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping concluded their summit in Beijing on Wednesday. The two countries pledged to limit greenhouse gases, and their joint announcement is designed to set an example for other countries in combating climate change.

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Yankees Look For Ways To Unload Alex Rodriguez

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 3:59am

Steve Inskeep talks to ESPN sportswriter Pablo Torre about how Major League Baseball and the New York Yankees might respond to new reports of steroid use by star player Alex Rodriguez.

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Anti-Poverty Groups Prepare For Battles With New Congress

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 3:59am

They've been fighting to maintain government spending for social services during a tough economy. In January, they'll face an all-Republican Congress, and the likelihood of steeper cuts has increased.

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U.S. Rep. Alma Adams To Be Sworn Into Office

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 3:59am

Democrat Alma Adams represents North Carolina's 12th congressional district. Steve Inskeep talks to her about her new position, she had served in North Carolina's General Assembly for 20 years.

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U.S., China Agree To Cut Tariffs On High-Tech Products

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 3:59am

The agreement is an unexpected act of cooperation between two countries that have been increasingly at odds over intellectual property, cybersecurity, human rights and trade imbalances.

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Israeli Jews Divided Over Right To Visit Jerusalem Holy Site

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 3:59am

Israeli policy bars Jews from praying on a hilltop spot sacred to both Muslims and Jews. But some Israeli Jews aren't sure they should even be allowed to set foot on what they call the Temple Mount.

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Chicago Or Cleveland: Whose Teams Had More Downs Than Ups?

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 2:50am

Commentator Frank Deford ponders which city has had the worst luck in sports. It's hard to decide whether Cub fans or Cleveland fans deserve the most sympathy for their years of cheering on futility.

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Famous Paintings Sell For Millions At Auction, But The Artist Gets Zero

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 2:49am

Unlike novelists and musicians, visual artists don't get royalties for their work. New legislation aims to fix this by taxing public sales, but auction houses Christie's and Sotheby's oppose the idea.

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How Animals Hacked The Rainbow And Got Stumped On Blue

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 2:47am

There's more than one way to make color, nature tells us. And more than one way to use it to your own advantage.

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Injured Pedestrian Cited For Jaywalking

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 5:49am

Police in New Jersey say the man was drinking and wandered into the road.

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Just In Time For The Holidays: A Life-Size T. Rex Replica

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 5:42am

The replica, nicknamed Stan, is for sale in the Hammacher Schlemmer Christmas catalog. It costs $100,000.

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Top U.S. General In Afghanistan: The Afghan Army Can Hold Its Own

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 4:24am

Gen. John Campbell leads the U.S. forces in Afghanistan. On Veterans Day, he offers his assessment of the war as the U.S. winds down its presence and hands over responsibility to the Afghans.

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