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Yusuf/Cat Stevens: Tiny Desk Concert

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 8:03am

Nearly 50 years after his first album, the singer-songwriter performs two new songs and two classics: "The First Cut Is The Deepest" and "Father And Son."

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Top Stories: Senate Panel's Report On CIA Tactics; Hagel Visits Iraq

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 7:43am

Also: The federal government releases its autopsy report on Michael Brown; a winter storm pummels the East Coast while another threatens the West; and President Obama subs for Stephen Colbert.

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Live Blog: Senate Expected To Release Long-Held CIA 'Torture Report'

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 7:19am

The report is the most comprehensive account of interrogation techniques used by the CIA after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The report's release has been controversial

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Lucky Accident With A State Trooper Helps A Mom Get To Her Sick Son

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 5:44am

After an officer pulled her over, an elderly woman on a road trip to see her ailing son accidentally backed into the cop's car. So police gave her a lift — to her son, four counties away.

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Chuck Hagel Lands In Iraq To Meet With Officials

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 5:41am

Hagel is the first secretary of defense to visit the country since President Obama ended American combat involvement in Iraq in 2011.

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Jets Coach Promises No Tanking In Game Against Equally Awful Titans

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 4:25am

When a season is lost, some teams will take it easy their last few games — or the last 82, if it's the Philadelphia 76ers — in hopes of securing a better draft pick. But not this NFL cellar-dweller.

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Stalked By A Fiend Worse Than Any Elm Street Nightmare

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 4:06am

In "Still Alice," Julianne Moore has each thing that defines her — to herself, to her family — devoured by early-onset Alzheimer's disease. It's a splendid performance, says critic Kenneth Turan.

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Sloppy Fracking Practices Result In Large Methane Leaks, Study Finds

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 4:00am

Faulty gear and attempts to clear liquid from wells can release enough gas into the atmosphere to power hundreds of homes, new research reveals. Critics say the study may underestimate the problem.

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New Republic Staffers Saw A Clash Between Its Mission And New Methods

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 4:00am

Owner Chris Hughes says his shakeup of the magazine aims to create a sustainable means for its commentary and long-form political profiles, but departing journalists see his plan as destructive.

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Obamacare Adviser Gets Set To Go In Front Of Congressional Firing Squad

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 4:00am

An MIT economist was recorded saying that without the "stupidity of the American voter," the Affordable Care Act wouldn't have passed. Those comments, and others he made, have put it at serious risk.

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At University Of Virginia, Efforts Born Of Discredited Story Go On

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 4:00am

"People within the fraternity life feel wronged," says a University of Virginia fraternity member about a discredited news article. But as educator on sexual assault, he knows the problem is real.

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That Nest Egg Needs To Last As Long As You Do. So How Do You Start?

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 4:00am

No one knows how long they will live, which makes it hard to know how much money you'll need in order to retire. But several approaches can help people nearing retirement make their money last.

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Mistaken Identities Plague Lab Work With Human Cells

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 4:00am

A line of immortal cells, supposedly from a breast cancer patient, turned out to be from a type of skin cancer. The mix-up wasn't discovered until experiments around the world had been contaminated.

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Microsoft Co-Founder Gives $100 Million To Research Roots Of Cancer

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 4:00am

Billionaire Paul Allen's new institute in Seattle will examine how the cells in your body work — and how and why they malfunction, leading to tumors, Alzheimer's and other diseases.

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As Torture Report's Release Nears, CIA And Opponents Ready Responses

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 4:00am

The Senate's release will focus on case studies of the treatment, at times brutal, of 20 or so high-value detainees in the counterterrorism efforts following 9/11, and whether those methods paid off.

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Ireland Softens Under Pressure To Drop Its Corporate 'Duty-Free Zone'

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 4:00am

Both American and European authorities are angry about Irish rules that let firms pay as 12.5 percent taxes, or nearly a third the U.S. rate. Some officials think it may qualify as illegal state aid.

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Sources: FAA May Require Licenses To Fly Commercial Drones

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 3:08am

The FAA has been struggling to write the rules for unmanned aircraft like the ones Amazon and other companies are developing. But a proposal is finally expected this month.

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Why Math Might Be The Secret To School Success

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 2:48am

A new study is focusing on what works best to prepare kids for school. Math may be what really counts, say researchers, one of who describes it as "a lever to improve outcomes for kids longer term."

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Nursing Homes Rarely Penalized For Oversedating Patients

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 2:34am

An NPR probe finds many nursing homes still are prescribing schizophrenia drugs to calm dementia patients — despite FDA warnings — but only 2 percent of excessive-medication cases result in penalties.

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The Music Midnight Makes: In Conversation With Joni Mitchell

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 1:03am

The legendary composer and singer showed up at NPR's Culver City studios just before the dead of night to talk about her "helium voice," overcoming polio and painting songs with Bob Dylan.

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