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Ruben Vives, From Undocumented Life To The Pulitzer Prize

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The reporter does not take his position at The Los Angeles Times lightly. He says he pushes himself every day, "for the sake of these people who took a chance on me."

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Black Fraternities And Sororities Split On Protest Policy

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Members of African-American fraternities and sororities are among the thousands of people who have joined recent demonstrations. But some of those groups discourage displaying official gear.

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Dispatches From D.C.'s 'March For Justice'

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Demonstrators gather in the nation's capital to protest the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of white police officers. Here's a look at reports from social media.

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Protesters Rally In 'Justice For All' Marches In 3 Cities

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Thousands marched in D.C. and New York and hundreds in Boston, spurred on by anger over the fatal police shootings of Michael Brown and Tamir Rice and the choking death of Eric Garner.

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Government Funding Bill Rolls Back Trucker Rest Requirements

Saturday, December 13, 2014

One of the many policy riders tucked inside the trillion-dollar spending bill reverses a rule that long-haul truckers take two nights off for every 70 hours they drive. Safety groups are angry.

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Forced To Seat Blacks, Ala. Restaurant Complied With History

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Fifty years ago Sunday, the Supreme Court told Ollie's Barbecue in Birmingham, Ala., that the government had a right to order it — and all restaurants — to seat African-Americans.

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Outrage Over Chinese Takeout Brings To Mind A Maxim

Saturday, December 13, 2014

When Ben Edelman was overcharged for his takeout, he threatened legal action. After the story went viral, he apologized. It made NPR's Scott Simon wonder if it might be better to be wise than right.

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Hanukkah History: Those Chocolate Coins Were Once Real Tips

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Many Jewish families celebrate the holiday by handing out gelt, chocolate coins covered in gold and silver. These days they're treats for kids. But the practice began as a way to thank labor.

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Mortgage Giants Ease Down Payments For First-Time Homebuyers

Friday, December 12, 2014

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will begin allowing first-time homebuyers to put down as little as 3 percent. But critics say the move is risky and could create another housing crisis.

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Do Guns On The Premises Leave Workers More Safe Or Less?

Friday, December 12, 2014

Private companies used to make their own rules about guns on their property. But a growing number of states have adopted laws allowing workers to keep guns in their cars in the workplace parking lot.

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Tamir Rice's Death Ruled A Homicide By Medical Examiner

Friday, December 12, 2014

The 12-year-old boy was carrying a replica gun when he was shot by a rookie police officer on Nov. 23. He died a day later. A grand jury will now consider whether to bring charges against the officer.

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3 Wounded In Shooting Outside Portland High School

Friday, December 12, 2014

Police said that the shooter fled the scene and that the victims were "alive and breathing" when they were taken to an area hospital.

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Low Gas Prices Expected To Continue As Crude Oil Drops To $58 A Barrel

Friday, December 12, 2014

The price of oil fell again on Friday morning. The price of West Texas Intermediate, the U..S. benchmark, dipped below $60 a barrel after news the International Energy Agency had cut its demand forecast for 2015.

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Ohio Protestors Among Those Headed To D.C. March Against Police Violence

Friday, December 12, 2014

In southwest Ohio, protests against police violence have been small since police shot and killed 22-year-old John Crawford inside a Wal-Mart in August.

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NOAA Team Finds Shipwreck Of The 'Titanic Of The Golden Gate'

Friday, December 12, 2014

In 1901, the SS City of Rio de Janeiro went down in thick fog at the entrance to San Francisco Bay, killing 128 people — most of them immigrants from China and Japan.

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Coming Soon To Iowa: Driver's License On A Smartphone App

Friday, December 12, 2014

The new app license will be available in 2015 at no additional cost to drivers, said Paul Trombino, director of the state's Department of Transportation.

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Wealth Gap Between Races Widened During Recession, Study Says

Friday, December 12, 2014

According to the Pew Research Center, white, black and Hispanic households all lost wealth during the recession, but nonwhites saw the disappearance of a much greater percentage of their net worth.

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Bill Cosby's Latest Accuser: Supermodel Beverly Johnson

Friday, December 12, 2014

She says the comedy legend drugged her in the 1980s. Her story is similar to accusations made by more than 20 other women, some of whom say the comedy legend also raped them.

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Aerial Photos Are New Weapon In Organic Civil War

Friday, December 12, 2014

An organic watchdog organization says big organic egg and milk producers are violating organic rules. As evidence, it offers aerial photos — but some photos may not be of organic operations.

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Chicago's Orphaned Otter 'Pup 681' Gets A Real Name

Friday, December 12, 2014

The southern sea pup now known as Luna was found on a beach in California in October. She was transferred to the Shedd Aquarium, where a naming contest was held this month.

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