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Between Speech And Religion, Freedoms Often Spell Friction

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 9:03am

Renee Montagne speaks with Suzanne Nossel, executive director for PEN American Center, to discuss how issues of free speech and religious freedom can clash.

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Gunmen Storm Satirical Magazine's Office In Paris

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 6:43am

At least 11 people were killed in what French President Francois Hollande said was a "terrorist operation."

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Oregon, Ohio, Wants You To Know They Are Buckeye Fans

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 6:00am

As Ohio State gets ready to play Oregon in the college football championship, the town is temporarily changing its name. It will be known as: "Oregon, Ohio Buckeyes on the Bay, City of Duck Hunters."

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Man Who Didn't Want His Name In A News Story, Is Now A Story

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 5:50am

Frederick County, Md., Council Member Kirby Delauter threatened a local reporter with a lawsuit for using his name in a story without permission. The Frederick News-Post responded in an editorial.

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Should Minnesota Bid Adieu To The Midwest, Hello North?

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 5:32am

A panel in Minnesota wants to establish a new region called the North. Supporters say it will help the area differentiate itself from other parts of the Midwest.

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In Typical Biden Fashion, Vice President Welcomes Senators

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 4:07am

A third of the Senate was re-elected this past election, which means the presiding officer of the chamber, Vice President Joe Biden, had to swear them in. This also provided an opportunity for Biden to socialize with the families of those serving in his longtime stamping grounds.

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Boston Time Capsule Reveals Colonial Trove

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 4:07am

The time capsule found at the Massachusetts State House in Boston has been opened, revealing objects from 1795.

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Greek Opposition Party Seizes On Public's Anger Over Austerity Measures

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 4:07am

We've been hearing a lot about economic anxiety in Europe lately. Much of that anxiety center's around Greece. Steve Inskeep talks to economist Platon Tinios about what's happening in Greece.

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Obama Begins State Of The Union Preview In Michigan

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 4:07am

President Obama hits the road to promote his upcoming State of the Union address, and perhaps, to try to steal the spotlight away from Republicans in their first week leading the new Congress.

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NOAA To Upgrade Its Computer-Driven Weather Forecasts

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 4:07am

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced it will boost its computer forecasting ability ten-fold. Steve Inskeep talks to Jason Samenow, weather editor of The Washington Post.

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Art Installation Opens Passage To A Different World

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 4:07am

In New York and Tehran, visitors in both cities are invited to enter a portal for 10 minutes or longer to communicate with a stranger, as though they're standing in the same room.

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Shell Reaches Settlement Over Oil Spills In Niger Delta

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 4:07am

Royal Dutch Shell reached an out-of-court settlement with a Nigerian fishing and farming community for two oil spills in 2008. About $85 million will go to individuals as well as the local government.

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'Empire' Showcases Wealthy Black Family That Started Out Poor

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 4:07am

NPR's TV Critic, Eric Deggans, reviews Empire, a new family drama on Fox set in the world of a hip hop empire, created by Lee Daniels and starring Terrence Howard.

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ESPN, Other Networks To Be Streamed On Dish Network's Sling TV

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 4:07am

Linda Wertheimer talks to John Ourand from Sports Business Journal about ESPN's decision to start a streaming service. The service is being done in partnership with Dish Network.

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Fla. Gov. Scott Starts Second Term With Markedly Different Tone

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 4:07am

Rick Scott was elected four years ago with Tea Party support. As re-election approached, he moderated many of his conservative views, even supporting Medicaid expansion, an idea he'd long opposed.

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Mitch McConnell Begins Dream Job As Senate Majority Leader

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 4:07am

The Kentucky Republican never really thought about running for president while growing up. Instead, he dreamed of being Senate majority leader. That dream came true on Tuesday.

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Marian Anderson's Groundbreaking Met Opera Moment

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 2:40am

Sixty years ago opera singer Marian Anderson made her long overdue debut at New York's Metropolitan Opera. She was the first African-American soloist to do so.

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U.S. Court Weighs Texas Law's Burden On Women Seeking Abortions

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 2:40am

The law — which mandates stricter building codes for clinics that perform the procedure — has already forced the closure of dozens of clinics that provide abortion.

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Crowning The 33rd-Best Football Team In America

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 2:39am

As we eagerly await the first official college football championship, commentator Frank Deford says it's intriguing that the U.S. places as much emphasis on college sports as it does on the pros.

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A Bed Of Mouse Cells Helps Human Cells Thrive In The Lab

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 2:37am

Researchers have developed a powerful method for growing human cells in the laboratory that has led to some unusual findings. Cell tests suggest a malaria drug might work against cervical cancer.

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