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Pension Cut Angers Senate's Staunchest Military Supporters

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Last week's budget deal includes a reduction of military pensions for those under age 62. The provision has some Republican senators howling, saying that the cuts hit veterans too hard.

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A Navy Man's Argument That Cutting Pensions Might Be Good

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Bryan McGrath spent 21 years in the United States Navy before retiring. He now works as a defense contractor, and he believes that it's not necessarily a bad thing that military pensions are changing. NPR's Rachel Martin reports.

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For BP Cleanup, 2013 Meant 4.6 Million Pounds Of Oily Gunk

Saturday, December 21, 2013

This year, crews have collected 4.6 million pounds of oily material from the Gulf Coast shoreline. Coastal residents are asking how long they'll be living with the effects of BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Angelina Didn't Help Educate People About Breast Cancer Risk

Friday, December 20, 2013

This summer, Angelina Jolie announced that she had both her breasts removed to reduce her risk of breast cancer. Her story got a lot of people talking. But they didn't necessarily learn more about the genetics of breast cancer risk.

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Health Care Rules Relaxed Again, 'Backlash' Follows

Friday, December 20, 2013

After the Obama administration announced that Americans who recently had their health insurance canceled can buy "catastrophic policies," the insurance industry said the change will cause more confusion.

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'Huge Win For Victims Of Sexual Assault' In Defense Budget

Friday, December 20, 2013

The military has come under fire for how it investigates and handles cases of unwanted sexual contact among its personnel. Under new rules, commanders won't be able to dismiss court-martial findings and victims will have more protections.

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New York City Extends Smoking Ban To E-Cigarettes

Thursday, December 19, 2013

The ban on the high-tech "vapor" cigarettes comes just weeks after New York became the first major U.S. city to raise the age for tobacco purchases to 21.

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Is A 'Pathway To Citizenship' The Right Concern?

Thursday, December 19, 2013

A majority of Latinos and a plurality of Asian-Americans think that reducing the threat of deportation is more important than creating avenues to full citizenship for unauthorized immigrants, according to a new report.

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Geeky Gamers Feast Upon Settlers Of Catan Cookbook

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Deconstructed salads and nachos go in hexagonal bowls that mimic the layout of the German board game with a cult following. Cookbook author Chris-Rachel Oseland says that the recipes are perfect for die-hard players with dietary restrictions.

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Methodist Minister Who Officiated At Gay Wedding Is Defrocked

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Rev. Frank Schaefer presided over his son's marriage to another man six years ago. When his congregation learned about the marriage this year, a complaint was filed with United Methodist officials. The church says same-sex marriage is "incompatible with Christian teaching." Schaefer disagrees.

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School Leaders On What Determines Student Success

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Host Michel Martin continues her conversation with school leaders about students' math and reading skills.

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Why Congress Didn't Extend Unemployment Benefits

Thursday, December 19, 2013

The new congressional budget deal does not extend benefits for Americans receiving long-term unemployment. NPR senior business editor Marilyn Geewax discusses the debate in Congress, and some of the economic implications with host Michel Martin.

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'Duck Dynasty' Dad Doubles Down; Palin Defends Him

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Phil Robertson has been suspended from the popular A&E reality show for saying, among other things, that homosexuality is sinful and comparing gays to "the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers." He says he's reflecting "what the Bible teaches."

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Breach At Target Stores May Affect 40 Million Card Accounts

Thursday, December 19, 2013

The retailer acknowledged early Thursday that there was a massive security breach of its customers' credit and debit card accounts. It started the day before Thanksgiving and extended at least to Dec. 15 — the heart of the holiday shopping season.

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Ex-BP Engineer Found Guilty Of Obstructing Justice

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Kurt Mix was convicted for deleting text messages that had information about the worst offshore oil spill in the nation's history. That hindered a grand jury's investigation, prosecutors argued. He had been a drilling engineer with BP.

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Brain Injuries Cause For Concern In Baseball Too

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Reports show former Major League Baseball player Ryan Freel, who took his own life last year, suffered from a degenerative brain disease. Injuries like that are usually associated with the hard knocks of football. Host Michel Martin talks with sports writer Pablo Torre about the prevalence of brain injuries in other sports.

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African-American Woman To Run Humorous 'Harvard Lampoon' Magazine

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The humor magazine The Harvard Lampoon was founded in 1876, but for the first time, an African-American woman will run things. Host Michel Martin talks with President-elect Alexis Wilkinson and Vice President-elect Eleanor Parker about their plans for the magazine.

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Is Beyonce Still The Queen?

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Pop star Beyonce's new surprise album has been getting a lot of buzz, but is it all it's cracked up to be? Beauty shop ladies Bridget Johnson, Aisha Harris, Danielle Belton and Anne Ishii weigh in.

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Student Is Charged In Harvard Bomb Scare

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Four buildings were evacuated and tensions were high at the university on Monday after officials received messages about "shrapnel bombs." With exams scheduled for that day, many thought that perhaps a nervous student was trying to avoid taking a test. The FBI alleges that's what happened.

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Ga. Woman Claims 1 Of 2 Winning Mega Millions Tickets

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

A Georgia woman will split the $363 million jackpot with an as yet unidentified winner in California.

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