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Punishing Inmates With 'The Loaf' Persists In The U.S.

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 2:53am

In many prisons and jails across the U.S., a bland, brownish lump is served to inmates who misbehave. Law enforcement officials say it's not that bad, and it's a very effective deterrent. But the practice is starting to fade as more prisoners argue that the loaf is cruel and unusual punishment.

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Colorado's Turning Over A New Leaf: Recreational Pot

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 10:41am

As of Wednesday, licensed stores in Colorado can sell recreational marijuana, making it the first state to control and regulate a legal recreational marijuana industry.

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Justice Sotomayor Blocks Part Of Birth Control Mandate

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 9:25am

The Supreme Court justice issued a decision Tuesday night that's putting part of President Obama's health insurance law in doubt. Groups like the Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged are suing to block the law, saying it violates their religious freedom.

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Wed, 01/01/2014 - 9:17am

Ice Cream Truck Switches From Jingles To Text Messages

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 6:04am

Sweden's icy winter leads a lot of people indoors which didn't deter one enterprising ice cream truck driver. He simply played his truck's jingle louder. So loud, that residents complained. Which led the ice cream company to come up with a quieter substitute to the traditional jingle: texting.

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ID Card Finally Fits Hawaiian Woman's Last Name

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 5:58am

Janice Keihanaikukauakahihulihe'ekahaunaele had pressed the state for cards with her full name. Now she's got a new driver's license and an official state identification card.

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New Year's Celebrations Move Around The Globe

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 3:38am

Renee Montagne reports on how some cities all around the world celebrated the beginning of 2014.

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Alarm Clock Sets Off A Real Wake Up Call

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 3:38am

Later this month, a Chicago based company called Fig will ship out a new product which it believes will help keep people motivated to meet their life goals. It's an alarm clock, but an unusual alarm clock.

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NPR Correspondents Change To New Beats

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 3:38am

As the new year begins, a few of the familiar voices you hear on NPR will be coming from different places. Call it our own version of musical chairs. Morning Edition's David Greene checks in with Ari Shapiro, Philip Reeves and Tamara Keith, all who will be covering different beats.

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The Last Word In Business

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 3:38am

Renee Montagne has the Last Word in business.

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Business News

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 3:38am

Renee Montagne has business news.

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Rose Bowl Highlights College Football Game Day

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 3:38am

A lot of sports fans will be glued to their televisions this New Year's Day. There are a number of big college football bowl games on Wednesday, including the 100th Rose Bowl.

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Derailing Revives Calls To Change How Trains Haul Crude Oil

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 3:38am

A fiery oil train crash in North Dakota is once again raising questions about the safety of transporting oil by rail. With an oil drilling boom underway, companies are using rail cars to transport a lot more crude out of North Dakota. Regulators are considering new requirements to make sure tanker cars and the rails they travel on are safe.

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Home Prices Mark Biggest Gains Since 2006

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 3:38am

The latest numbers on home prices show strong gains across the country. The housing market recovery kicked into high gear during the first half of 2013 due in part to interest rates that were at a record low.

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Chief Justice Highlights Lack Of Funding For Federal Judiciary

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 3:38am

At the start of the new year, the Supreme Court releases an annual report. Chief Justice John Roberts offers insights into both the year gone by and the one ahead.

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Mayor Bill De Blasio Takes Office In New York City

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 3:38am

Bill de Blasio is the first Democrat to hold the job in 20 years, and he couldn't be more different than his predecessor Michael Bloomberg. In November, de Blasio won the election in a landslide as New Yorkers endorsed a new direction for their city.

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