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Following Ferguson, Obama Urges Changes To Boost Community Policing

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 3:59am

Following a day of meetings on police practices with his Cabinet, elected leaders, police officials and community leaders, The president asked Congress to fund 50,000 body cameras for police officers.

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Obamacare 'Glitch' Puts Subsidies Out Of Reach For Many Families

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 2:54am

The health care law gives subsidies to those whose employers' insurance isn't affordable, but that's based on the cost of worker-only coverage. Adding family to a plan can send prices out of reach.

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Chinese Chicken Breeder Builds DIY Orange Submarine

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 5:59am

In case you were wondering, Tan Young has never heard of the Beatles' "Yellow Submarine". He says he does not know any songs about brightly colored underwater vessels.

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Actor Mickey Rourke Takes Another Jab At Boxing

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 5:47am

Rourke, 62, fought a match in Moscow and won. Some dismissed his opponent. The Daily Mail says Rourke's opponent is homeless and has lost 9 out of his 10 pro matches.

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Amazon Unleashes Robot Army To Send Your Holiday Packages Faster

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 4:21am

In its endless quest to get goods to customers fast, Amazon has hired squads of speedy robots. In warehouses where human "pickers" walked miles a day, machines now zip shelves of goods back and forth.

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Santa's Black-Faced Helpers Are Under Fire In The Netherlands

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 4:03am

A beloved Christmas tradition in the Netherlands is coming under increasing criticism for being racist. There is rancorous debate over Santa's helpers known as Black Pete.

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Haunting Sounds At Night, Kids' Puppet Show Clock By Day

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 4:03am

A rooster crowing in the dead of night? A sinister ice-cream truck playing a creepy tune as it trundles through the streets of Moscow? No, it's the musical automaton clock at the Puppet Theater.

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St. Louis Schools To Reopen After Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 4:03am

Renee Montagne talks to Kevin Grawer, principal of Maplewood Richmond Heights High School, and senior Jazmen Bell, about their efforts to diffuse racial tension and how Ferguson has affected them.

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Congress Returns From Thanksgiving Break

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 4:03am

Lawmakers face a funding deadline to keep the government from running out of money on Dec. 11. That funding is tied up in a variety of other issues that have nothing to do with government spending.

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In Swedish Town, Straw Goat For Advent Often Meets Fiery End

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 4:03am

The town of Gavle marks the beginning of Advent with a 42-foot goat made of straw. But a second, unofficial tradition involves torching the animal, turning it into a giant, fiery goat from hell.

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Qatar Detains U.S. Couple Again In Daughter's Death

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 4:03am

Americans Matthew and Grace Wong have spent almost a year in a Qatari prison, over the death of their 8-year-old adopted daughter earlier last year. On Sunday, the Wong's were acquitted of any wrongdoing in her death. But, on their way home, the Huang's were detained again.

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Charities Kick Off Holiday Season With Giving Tuesday

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 4:03am

We preview Giving Tuesday, the annual online campaign to raise money for charities, and examine the overall outlook for charitable giving this year.

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Washington QB Robert Griffin III's Sinking Career And More From The NFL's Week

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 4:03am

Was the New England Patriots-Green Bay Packers game a Super Bowl preview? Does the putrid NFC South really deserve a spot in the playoffs, or can they give it to the SEC? NPR's Tom Goldman considers these and other football questions.

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Santa's Black-Faced Helpers Are Under Fire In The Netherlands

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 4:03am

Since the 19th century, Christmas in the Netherlands has always included Santa's helpers, known as Black Pete. He's a Christmas tradition to some and a racist stereotype to others.

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Defiant Hong Kong Protesters Try To Blockade Government Headquarters

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 4:03am

Thousands of demonstrators clashed with police early Monday as they blocked key roads and offices in the latest flare-up of the months-long protests. Police say they arrested dozens overnight.

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Church Leaders Look To Educate, Encourage And Calm Ferguson Parishoners

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 4:03am

Since a black man was shot to death by a white police officer in the St. Louis suburb, churches there have tried to reduce tension with dialogues on race and healing. That role was amplified Sunday.

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Teach For America At 25: With Maturity, New Pressure To Change

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 3:48am

Now a fixture on the education landscape, TFA faces new challenges — from inside and out.

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Is A Threat Posted On Facebook Really A Threat?

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 3:01am

The Supreme Court is tackling a question of increasing importance in the age of social media and the internet after a man was convicted of posting threats against his estranged wife and an FBI agent.

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Broken Hips: Preventing A Fall Can Save Your Life

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 2:36am

Twenty percent of people who fall and break a hip after age 50 die within a year, and women are at greatest risk. But you can reduce the odds of falling. Here's how.

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German Government May Say 'Nein' To Work Emails After Six

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 2:35am

In a country that strives to protect work-life balance, there are calls to ban employers from sending work email after business hours. Some big companies already observe it.

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