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ISIS Takes Control Of Ramadi, Key Iraqi City

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 3:58am

The so-called Islamic State, also known as Isis, seized Ramadi after government forces left their positions. The action came despite U.S. airstrikes and efforts of Iraqi ground forces to repel ISIS.

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Amtrak Victims Remembered During Memorial Service

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 3:58am

Amtrak service between Philadelphia and New York is to resume Monday. Service shut down last Tuesday after train 188 derailed in Philadelphia. Sunday night, a service was held for the victims.

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Politics In The News: Republican Presidential Field Gets Crowded

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 3:58am

GOP presidential hopefuls converged in Iowa for the Lincoln Day Dinner. More candidates are entering the presidential race, in part, because there is no obvious next-in-line for the GOP nomination.

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S.C. Sen. Lindsey Graham May Join GOP Race For President

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 3:58am

Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina was in Iowa over the weekend for the state GOP's annual Lincoln Day Dinner. In all 11 official or likely presidential hopefuls were there.

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How China's Government And Audiences Influence Hollywood

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 3:58am

The Chinese market has become increasingly critical to Hollywood's bottom-line. How is China changing Hollywood?

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How TV Show Finales Affect The Stock Market

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 3:58am

An economist in the United Kingdom looked at how 150 TV series finales affected the U.S. stock market. He observed a decrease in stock returns on the following trading day.

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Ways To Avoid Community Violence After Local Police Encounters

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 3:58am

Steve Inskeep talks to Scott Thomson, chief of police in Camden County, New Jersey, and Sue Rahr, director of Washington state's police academy, about changing officers' attitudes about use of force.

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How China's Censors Influence Hollywood

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 3:58am

Huge box office numbers underscore how essential the Chinese market has become to Hollywood's bottom line. Money is power — meaning the Communist Party has increasing influence over big U.S. movies.

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Hundreds Of 'Kayaktivists' In Seattle Protest Shell's Arctic Drilling

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 3:58am

Seattle will be home port to a large Shell Oil Arctic drilling platform when it's not up in the Arctic Ocean. But the city and many residents aren't happy about it. The crowd chanted, "Shell No."

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Cleveland Braces For Verdict In 2012 Police Shooting

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 3:58am

As the verdict nears in the racially-charged case, city officials hope to avoid violence. They've reached out to civic and religious groups for constructive dialogue to help ward off potential unrest.

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'Mad Men' Ends. Was The Finale Worthy Of The Show?

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 3:58am

AMC's Mad Men ended on Sunday with an episode written by executive producer Matthew Weiner called "Person to Person." The final question for fans: What really happened and was it all worth it?

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It's Not A Come-On From A Satanic Cult. It's A New Kind Of Poll!

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 2:53am

Tanzanians were skeptical when they were invited for a free trip to the big city to discuss natural gas policy. But it's actually an innovative strategy to involve ordinary citizens in key decisions.

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Deaf Jam: Experiencing Music Through A Cochlear Implant

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 2:52am

After swapping hearing aids for a cochlear implant, Sam Swiller's taste in music shifted dramatically, from grunge rock to folk. Now scientists are trying to improve how implants relay music.

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In Seoul, Kerry Calls N. Korea Provocations 'Egregious,' 'Reckless'

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 2:44am

America's top diplomat says North Korea's muscle flexing on the Korean peninsula may lead to further international pressure — and possibly a referral to the International Criminal Court.

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9 Dead After Shootout Between Rival Bike Gangs In Central Texas

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 12:08am

A shootout at a busy restaurant in Waco, Texas, shortly after noon on Sunday left bystanders and patrons running for safety.

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Political Science Professor's Name Added To Presidential Survey

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 6:35am

Emily Farris teachers at Texas Christian University. She joked her name should be added to a presidential survey. Public Policy Polling added it, and she's doing better than N.J. Gov. Chris Christie.

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Despite Listeria Warnings Recalled Ice Cream Shows Up Online

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 6:29am

Blue Bell Creameries recalled all of its products last month after a listeria outbreak. A few weeks ago, tubs of Cookies and Cream and Dutch Chocolate appeared on eBay. They're still up on Craiglist.

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Network's Fall TV Shows Embrace Diverse Castes

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 4:04am

The TV industry was in New York to present its new lineup to advertisers. We examine whether the networks have doubled down on diversity after the success of shows like Empire and Jane the Virgin.

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Ex-Staten Island D.A. Dan Donovan Takes Oath Of Office In Congress

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 4:04am

Former Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan may be best known for investigating the death of Eric Garner, who died after police put him in a chokehold. But now Donovan is trying to forge a new path — in Congress. He was sworn in as a U.S. Congressman this week.

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House Republicans Vote To Cut Amtrak's Funding

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 4:04am

The economic outlook for Amtrak was troubled even before this week's train derailment in Philadelphia. Transportation experts say ridership on the heavily-traveled Northeast Corridor is unlikely to suffer for long. But the accident may do little to improve the dynamic on Capitol Hill, where lawmakers are deeply divided over funding for Amtrak.

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