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Oh, It's Winter: Huge Swath Of U.S. Will Be Bitterly Cold

Monday, January 05, 2015

Some parts of Wisconsin will see a windchill of 30 below, and most of the country — all the way down to Florida — will see temperatures plunge.

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Morning Edition

N.J. Gov. Christie Proud To Be A Dallas Cowboys' Fan

Monday, January 05, 2015

Christie attended Sunday's playoff game between Dallas and the Detroit Lions. He hugged owner Jerry Jones when the Cowboys won. Many in his state ask why he doesn't follow teams closer to New Jersey.

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Morning Edition

County Barks At Couple: Parts Of Treehouse Must Be Removed

Monday, January 05, 2015

Mike and Pat Splinter's treehouse was featured on TV and a kitchen was built for the show. Officials reminded the couple that the kitchen and other parts of the deluxe treehouse must go.

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Morning Edition

Funeral For Slain Officer Blended NYPD And Chinese Traditions

Monday, January 05, 2015

Officer Wenjian Liu's funeral reflected the ethnic diversity of the NYPD. The rites were overshadowed by another show of disrespect for the mayor by some officers. Liu's partner was also killed.

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Morning Edition

Former GOP Sen. Edward Brooke Dies At 95

Monday, January 05, 2015

Former U.S. Senator Edward Brooke died on Saturday. He was 95. When he took office in 1966, Brooke became the first popularly elected African American in the Senate.

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Morning Edition

Entrepreneurs Find Ways To Make Money From Carbon Emissions

Monday, January 05, 2015

President Obama in September set a formidable goal for American industry and agriculture — reduce greenhouse gases by a quarter in 10 years. But several states are ahead of the game.

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Morning Edition

Republican Leaders Vow New Congress Will Get Things Done

Monday, January 05, 2015

It's the first time since the 2006 election that both chambers will be controlled by Republicans. They pledge an end to gridlock, but they still have to work with the same Democratic president.

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Morning Edition

Jury Selection To Begin Monday In Boston Marathon Bombing Trial

Monday, January 05, 2015

The surviving suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, is charged with 30 counts of murder and terrorism. He faces the death penalty if convicted. An appeals court rejected an emergency bid to move the trial.

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Morning Edition

What Heroin Addiction Tells Us About Changing Bad Habits

Monday, January 05, 2015

Sure, you resolve to exercise more, but somehow it never happens. It could be that your environment is sabotaging you, psychologists say. A famous study about heroin and the Vietnam War explains how.

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Morning Edition

How Driver's License Suspensions Unfairly Target The Poor

Monday, January 05, 2015

Losing your driver's license is a serious penalty, but often it's for nothing to do with unsafe driving. Without one, many who can't afford to pay the fines have a hard time finding or keeping a job.

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All Things Considered

In This New Year, Is It Time To Nix The Thank-You Letter?

Sunday, January 04, 2015

In The Guardian, Peter Ormerod argues it's time to end the ritual of forcing children to write often-formulaic letters. Instead, he says, try for something that's less of a chore and more sincere.

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All Things Considered

She Left The Nightlife Behind To Become A Life Coach

Sunday, January 04, 2015

A former exotic dancer and dominatrix, Mira Johnson now coaches others on reinventing themselves. Her clients know she won't judge them, she says, no matter what choices they've made in life.

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All Things Considered

Jury Selection To Begin In Trial Of Boston Bombing Suspect

Sunday, January 04, 2015

The trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev begins on Monday, and some 1,200 prospective jurors have been summoned. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Milton Valencia of the Boston Globe.

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NYPD Officer's Funeral Binds Diversity In Culture And Opinion

Sunday, January 04, 2015

NYPD Officer Wenjian Liu is being laid to rest Sunday. Liu and his partner were killed last month. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with WNYC's Stephen Nessen from the scene about what mourners are saying.

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NYPD's Wenjian Liu, Killed In Dec. Shooting, Is Laid To Rest

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Some of the thousands who attended the ceremony to honor the officer shot on Dec. 20 turned their backs as a gesture of disrespect for Mayor Bill de Blasio as he spoke.

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Attracted To Men, Pastor Feels Called To Marriage With A Woman

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Allan Edwards is attracted to men, but his faith conflicts with homosexuality, so he doesn't act on it or identify as gay. Instead, he's married, starting a family and staying true to his beliefs.

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New York Prepares For Slain Officer's Funeral

Sunday, January 04, 2015

NYPD officer Wenjian Liu will be laid to rest Sunday. Liu and his partner were killed last month. Cops from around the U.S. will attend, and questions remain about how they'll greet Mayor de Blasio.

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CDC Recommends Antiviral Drugs For At-Risk Patients

Sunday, January 04, 2015

If you think the flu season is especially bad, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says you're right. He tells NPR's Rachel Martin why taking antivirals are a good idea.

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Newark's New Mayor Proves His Crime-Fighting Powers Early

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Since his election, Newark, N.J., Mayor Ras Baraka has tried some unusual tactics to battle crime. He says that's just a small step in a very long effort to make Newark a safer place to live.

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Border Businesses Lose Bank Accounts Amid Money-Laundering Fears

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Some U.S. banks are closing the accounts of certain businesses along the Mexican side of the border. It's part of an effort to stay in line with anti-money-laundering regulations.

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