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A Split View On Obamacare's Past And Future

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 2:33am

The Affordable Care Act created insurance subsidies that are under legal challenge. The Supreme Court will hear arguments in 2015 and could rule against a key provision of the law.

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As Uber Expands, It Asks Cities For Forgivness Instead Of Permission

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 2:31am

In 2014, Uber became one of the most valuable privately held companies on earth. It expanded to more than 200 cities, but criticism and legal battles have ballooned in parallel with its revenues.

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Europe's Far Right And Putin Get Cozy, With Benefits For Both

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 2:31am

Despite tensions between Russia and the West, Moscow is forging links with far-right, anti-EU parties in Europe. They're attracted to the traditional social values of Vladimir Putin's Russia's.

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Oregon Woman Released From East Timor Prison

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 12:52am

Stacey Addison of Portland was arrested in September after crossing from Indonesia into East Timor. She shared a taxi with a stranger who had picked up a package that police say contained drugs.

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A Decade After Tsunami, Asia's Shattered Coasts Are On The Mend

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 10:30pm

On Dec. 26, 2004, a massive earthquake in the ocean east of the Indonesian island of Sumatra triggered waves that killed 230,000 people in 11 countries.

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'The Interview', Greeted By Sold-Out Shows, May Net Millions This Weekend

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 10:24pm

The North-Korea-infuriating comedy received a limited release on Christmas, mostly in independent theaters, after hacker-threatened Sony Pictures first pulled the film then made it available.

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Somalia's Al-Shabab Attacks African Peacekeepers

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 4:43pm

Eight gunmen fired on the African Union's main based in Somalia, killing three soldiers and a civilian contractor.

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Online Sellers Pop Up In Real Life, For A Limited Time Only

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 3:16pm

One-click shopping is changing the ways people shop and retailers sell their wares. But some online retailers are opening physical stores — some of which last as short as a day.

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How 'The Interview' May Change How Big Studios Do Business

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 3:16pm

Sony's release of The Interview via streaming Internet services and in theaters at the same time is unprecedented for a major studio film and raises questions about the economics of future releases.

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After The Presents, A Buttery Tea Cake Tradition

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 3:16pm

For one family in Overland Park, Kan., it's not Christmas without Mrs. Lawrence. The tea cake, rich with butter and spices, is named for the neighbor who would hand deliver it every holiday season.

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Where Ebola Has Closed Schools, A Radio Program Provides A Faint Signal Of Hope

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 3:16pm

1.5 million children are out of school in Liberia. It's possible kids may not return to class until spring.

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Blind Syrian Refugee Writer Seeks To Make New Home In Sweden

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 3:16pm

An aspiring writer who has fled the civil war is now adjusting to life in Sweden. She longs for home, but for now receives the assistance she needs — housing, language courses, transportation.

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Economy Weathers A Bad Winter And Other Storms To Finish 2014 Strong

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 3:16pm

Early in 2014, the economy was floored by the polar vortex — plus, businesses and consumers were dazed by a government shutdown and debt limit fight. But it rebounded, and analysts are optimistic.

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Scoring The Screen: Rachel Portman On Hitting The Right Emotional Note

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 3:16pm

Rachel Portman was the first female composer to win an Oscar, for her work on Emma. She talks to Robert Siegel about the process of setting the scene with music — without overdoing it.

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In Britain, A Christmas Tradition Of Slapstick And Silliness

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 3:16pm

For centuries, British families have celebrated the Christmas season by attending "pantomimes," silly musical comedies of stories such as Aladdin and Cinderella. The tradition is alive and well today.

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For Venezuela, Drop In Global Oil Prices Could Be Catastrophic

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 3:16pm

The South American nation is home to the world's largest oil reserves and earns most of its foreign reserves from oil. It faced a deep economic crisis even before petroleum prices began their plunge.

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Low Gas Prices Predicted For 2015 And Beyond

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 3:16pm

Prices at the pump have dipped below $2 a gallon in some parts of the country this month, with average prices more than one-third lower than this summer. Analysts say that trend is likely to continue.

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Employers Help Legal Immigrants On Path To Citizenship

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 3:16pm

Some firms are helping their legal immigrant employees by bringing citizenship workshops and legal assistance to the jobsite. About 100 companies in seven cities are participating in the program.

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Chicago Officials Spar With South Dakota Over Airport Ads

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 3:16pm

Ads touting the business climate in South Dakota will go up at Chicago's O'Hare airport in January. The city rejected the first round of ads, which compared Chicago's treatment of business to the TSA.

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What Would Jesus Drink? A Class Exploring Ancient Wines Asks

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 3:16pm

The details of wine and winemaking practices in biblical times are debated among experts. But we do know that vino in Christ's day was very different from what we imbibe today.

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