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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised to make the Keystone XL pipeline the first order of business in the new term. One week in, however, the bill is still a long way from passing.

An experimental rocket launched by SpaceX Saturday was a partial success. A cargo capsule will reach the International Space Station, but the spent rocket failed to land on a barge in the Atlantic.

France is recovering from three days of violence and murder — and trying to understand what happened and why. Correspondent Lauren Frayer updates NPR's Scott Simon on the latest from Paris.

Hundreds are feared killed after Boko Haram militants seized the northeastern Nigerian town of Baga. Nigerian government forces are battling to regain control of the town and nearby base.

France is reeling from attacks by Islamist extremists this week. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Natalie Nougayrède, former executive editor of Le Monde, about the future of French media and culture.

Jerry Brown was inaugurated this month for his second term as governor of California — his second second term. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the 34th and 39th governor about the issues facing his state.

The Senate is set to vote on the Keystone XL pipeline although President Obama has vowed to veto it. What does Nebraska's Supreme Court ruling allowing the pipeline to proceed mean for those involved?

Robert Siegel talks to Paris-based terrorism and security expert Jean-Charles Brisard about the terrorist cell in France known as the Buttes-Chaumont network.

But William Bratton tells NPR the issue was being corrected. The death of Eric Garner in police custody and the subsequent slaying of two New York City police officers has created a tense atmosphere.

A Paris neighborhood found itself at the center of a violent stand-off on Friday, with shoppers taken hostage at a local supermarket

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