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Is Russia's Currency On Its Way To Collapse?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Russian ruble hit new lows on Tuesday despite efforts by the country's central bank to stop the selling. The currency lost 11 percent of its value.
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Obama Expected To Impose New Sanctions On Russia

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Aides say Obama will sign a bill authorizing new economic sanctions against Russia in retaliation for its ongoing interference in Ukraine. Russia's economy is reeling from earlier western sanctions.
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Ruble's Drop Has Implications For Global Economy

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been conspicuously silent since the ruble's plunge. Renee Montagne talks to Russian business journalist Kirill Belyaninov about why the ruble is in freefall.
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Border Patrol Completes Recruitment Drive Aimed At Women

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The U.S. Border Patrol is looking for more female agents. While women make up 15 percent of most federal law enforcement agencies, the Border Patrol has only 5 percent female agents.
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25 Years Ago, 'Darkness Visible' Broke Ground Detailing Depression

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Renee Montagne talks to writer Andrew Solomon, who has chronicled his own battle with depression, about how William Styron's work opened up discussions of mental illness.
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Senate Adjourns, GOP To Take Over In January

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The adjournment brought the 113th Congress to a formal close. Democrat Harry Reid ended his run as majority leader, as Republicans take control of the Senate next month.
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Pakistan Observes 3 Days Of Mourning After School Attack

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Author Ahmed Rashid talks to Steve Inskeep about how Pakistan's political climate helped to foster Tuesday's horrific attack on a school in Peshawar. More than 140 people were killed.
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Fed Officials May Be Closer To Raising Interest Rates

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Federal Reserve is expected to drop the phrase that says it will keep interest rates low for "a considerable time." Renee Montagne talks to David Wessel of the Brookings Institution
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Jeb Bush To 'Actively Explore' 2016 Run For President

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The former Republican governor of Florida and the brother and son of 2 former U.S. presidents, has essentially kicked off the presidential campaign with a pre-announcement announcement on Facebook.
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LA Sheriff's Department Agrees To Federal Oversight To Settle Abuse Suit

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The ACLU and the embattled sheriff's department have settled a class action lawsuit that will likely set in motion a number of changes within the nation's largest municipal jail system.
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DOJ Intervention May Help Conn. Police Regain Community's Trust

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Five years ago, tensions reached a breaking point between police and the growing Latino community in East Haven, Conn. The Justice Department began to oversee the department.
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Hacking Of Sony's Computers Creates Much Drama

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Following a hack of computers, Sony canceled some press for The Interview, a film the hackers claim motivated them to commit their crimes. The fallout includes a class action lawsuit.
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Attorneys For Oklahoma Death Row Inmates Seek To Halt Executions

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Lawyers will be in federal court to argue that the state should not be allowed to resume executions in January, as planned. Last spring, a botched execution caused the state to revise its protocols.
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Too Little, Too Late For Many New Yorkers Seeking Hospice

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Evidence shows hospice care can extend life and save money, but only if patients and doctors dare ask for the help. One New Yorker said hospice gave her back life at peace, pain subdued.
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What's A Sportsman Anyway?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Commentator Frank Deford says awards for sportsmanship seem archaic. These days, he says, we're more likely to talk about unsportsmanlike conduct.
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For Crop-Duster Pilots, Wind Towers Present Danger

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Short, unlit towers are used to prospect for new wind farms. But the structures pose a threat to crop-duster pilots. Transportation officials are urging better markings and other safety improvements.
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An Alternative To Suspension And Expulsion: 'Circle Up!'

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Oakland's restorative justice program is at the forefront of efforts to rethink school discipline.
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New York Bans The Tattooing And Piercing Of Pets

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Brooklyn artist spread a photo of a tattooed dog on Instagram. Governor Andrew Cuomo says that is just animal abuse. The law goes into effect in 120 days.
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Robot Flies Economy From LA To Frankfurt

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

German researchers purchased the robot named Athena, and found a passenger seat was cheaper than shipping her in a box.
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Dozens Killed As Taliban Gunmen Storm Pakistani School

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Officials in Pakistan say Taliban gunmen stormed a military school in the northwestern city of Peshawar. Steve Inskeep talks to Katherine Houreld, a reporter with Reuters.
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