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An 'Embarrassed And Humiliated' Gov. Christie Apologizes

Thursday, January 09, 2014

The New Jersey governor and potential 2016 GOP presidential contender says he was lied to by a top aide, whom he now has fired, about a dirty trick. Aides sought to punish a Democratic mayor by causing traffic problems in his city. Christie reportedly visited the mayor Thursday afternoon.

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Loehmann's To Liquidate; Macy's Cuts Jobs In Reorganization

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Going-out-of-business sales will begin Thursday at 93 Loehmann's stores. And on Wednesday, Macy's Inc. announced 2,500 employees will be laid off.

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So Are 2 Drinks A Day Really Too Many?

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Scientists aren't entirely sure if moderate alcohol consumption is good for your heart. But they're very clear on the risks of drinking. And it turns out that moderate alcohol use is a lot stingier than most of us think, public health officials say.

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Emails Tie Gov. Christie's Aides To Lane Closings Controversy

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

The New Jersey governor has said neither he nor his staff were involved in the closing of some key lanes leading onto the George Washington Bridge into New York. Democrats have said the governor's office may have been trying to punish the mayor of Fort Lee, N.J., for not supporting Christie's re-election bid.

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What Happens When A Language's Last Monolingual Speaker Dies?

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Emily Johnson Dickerson, the last person who spoke only Chickasaw, died last week at age 93. There were thousands of fluent Chickasaw speakers as late as the 1960s. Dickerson was among about 65 remaining.

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Death Toll From Deep Freeze Tops 20; Warm-Up Is Coming

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Weather-related traffic accidents have accounted for some of the deaths. Others have collapsed while shoveling snow. Several victims are said to have been homeless people who either didn't want to go to shelters or didn't get to one in time. Thankfully, more moderate weather is about to arrive.

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A Cheesy Meltdown: Kraft Warns Of Velveeta Shortage

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Kraft confirms that shortages are in store of its creamy processed cheese — part of a popular concoction with salsa served on a nacho chip or two. One reason? Seasonal demand — in other words, it's Super Bowl time.

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It's So Cold That You Might Need A Sweater To Read This

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

It's too cold to ski in parts of Minnesota, your favorite pizza place in Chicago might not be delivering, and schools are closing even in central Georgia. The polar vortex is throwing off everyday life around the nation.

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Extreme Cold Convinces Escaped Convict To Give Up: VIDEO

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

How cold is it? It's so cold that at least one escapee from prison asked to be put back behind bars. Robert Vick walked away from a minimum security facility in Kentucky on Sunday. By Monday evening, he'd had enough. So he turned himself in.

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Drinking Too Much? Don't Count On Your Doctor To Ask

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Alcohol uses causes a lot of health problems, and most of the trouble strikes drinkers who aren't alcoholics. Something as simple as a five-question screening test and a brief chat about cutting back can help people change course. But more than 80 percent of adults say they've never discussed alcohol use with a health professional.

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8 Reasons Why The Rent Is Too Damn High

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Housing prices are squeezing middle- to low-income earners. This is due to a complex mix of factors, but there's one that stands out. In this commentary, Aboubacar Ndiaye walks through the main causes.

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Mindfulness Meditation Can Help Relieve Anxiety And Depression

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

People are increasingly turning to mindfulness mediation to manage health issues, and meditation classes are being offered through schools and hospitals. But doctors have questioned whether this ancient Eastern practice really offers measurable health benefits.

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Frolicking Fido, Cozy Cats: How Your Pets Are Chilling Out

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Some pets enjoyed playing outside in the snow, while others preferred curling up near the fireplace. We asked you for photos of how your pets are dealing with the weather — and you folks delivered.

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What Is The Polar Vortex And Why Is It Doing This To Us?

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

This super cold air is usually whirling around the Arctic. But a big piece has plunged further south than normal. One way to think about what's happening: If a spinning ice skater extends her arms, she slows down. Sometimes, she wobbles and falls. The polar vortex has sort of stretched out an arm.

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Chris Kluwe On What Cost Him His Job With The Minnesota Vikings

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

The punter says his outspoken support of same-sex marriage got him fired, but adds that he has no regrets. He tells NPR's Michel Martin: "If you're not willing to speak out for the rights of other people, then who do you expect to speak out for you when it's your turn?"

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Hang In There Another Day Or So — Warmer Air Is Coming

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

While bone-chilling temperatures remain across much of the nation, there are some fun (and safe) things to do. Morning Edition is asking for photos about what some very cool folks are up to.

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Funding Could Dry Up For Kentucky's Noah's Ark Theme Park

Monday, January 06, 2014

Answers in Genesis, the nonprofit building the park, has fallen short of its fundraising target and must raise $29 million by Feb. 6.

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4 Lessons From Liz Cheney's Ill-Fated Senate Run

Monday, January 06, 2014

Even before family health issues arose, Cheney's campaign appeared to face dim prospects in the Wyoming GOP primary against Sen. Mike Enzi. One lesson from her now-ended bid: A famous political name only gets you so far.

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Frostbite Tips For Novices: Skip Whiskey And Shed Your Rings

Monday, January 06, 2014

Frostbite isn't on most people's health worry lists. But this week it's a concern for millions of people who live in places that don't usually contend with serious risk of cold injuries. Extremities can be affected by frostbite even when bundled up.

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'Jihad Jane' Gets 10 Years In Prison

Monday, January 06, 2014

Colleen LaRose dubbed herself "Jihad Jane" as she used the Web to recruit others for violent attacks. She was found guilty of being part of a failed plan to murder a Swedish artist. Because she cooperated with investigators, LaRose got less than the potential life sentence she faced.

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