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Arizona 1st In Nation To Require High Schoolers To Pass Civics Test

Friday, January 16, 2015

The state's governor signed a bill into law that will require graduates to pass the same civics test given to candidates for U.S. citizenship. Similar measures are being considered in other states.

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Iowa's Sen. Ernst Grabs Spotlight That's Often Proven Too Hot

Friday, January 16, 2015

As often as not, the opportunity to speak right after the president has been the kiss of death for aspiring politicians — especially for the GOP during the Obama years.

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Morning Edition

In Support Of Seattle's Seahawks, City Hall Bans Cheese

Friday, January 16, 2015

The city manager of Bainbridge Island in Washington instituted the cheese ban. The Green Bay Packers, with their cheesehead fans, play the Seattle Seahawks Sunday. The winner heads to the Super Bowl.

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Morning Edition

Oklahoma Executes 1st Inmate Since Lethal Injection Problems

Friday, January 16, 2015

More than 8 months after Oklahoma officials struggled to perform an execution, the state executed Charles Frederick Warner who was convicted in the 1997 rape and beating death of an 11-month-old girl.

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Morning Edition

How Cars Evolved Over The Last Decade

Friday, January 16, 2015

Year after year, little by little, cars are guiding drivers, protecting them from their incompetence and distractions, squeezing out more fuel economy and making everyone on the roads safer.

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Morning Edition

By Making A Game Out Of Rejection, A Man Conquers Fear

Friday, January 16, 2015

Jason Comely's fear of rejection was so strong that he'd become completely isolated. So he set out to get himself rejected at least once a day, every day. Funny thing is, it worked.

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Morning Edition

NYPD Disciplinary Problems Linked To A 'Failure Of Accountability'

Friday, January 16, 2015

The New York Police Department is one of the most sophisticated in the world, with advanced systems for fighting crime. But it's not so good at policing its own officers, criminal justice experts say.

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Oklahoma Executes An Inmate For First Time Since Lethal Injection Disaster In April

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Charles Frederick Warner's execution had been postponed while Oklahoma revamped its drug combination and procedures.

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After Saying Yes, Duke Nixes Muslim Call To Prayer From Chapel Bell Tower

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The school had announced it would allow the traditional call to prayer from the Duke Chapel bell tower. The decision was excoriated, and today the private university in Durham, N.C., reversed course.

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Public Sales Of Google Glass To End Later This Month

Thursday, January 15, 2015

In an announcement, the company said Glass is not dead, it's just going through a "transition.

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All Things Considered

Limited Insurance Choices Frustrate Patients In California

Thursday, January 15, 2015

California is seen as an Obamacare success story. But tens of thousands of people in the northern part of the state have only one insurer available on the health plan exchange.

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Conservative Koch Brothers' Group Puts Congressional GOP On Notice

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Americans for Prosperity set out its own agenda for congressional Republicans, including a call to build the Keystone XL pipeline and repeal the Affordable Care Act.

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All Things Considered

Remaking Vegas In A Tech Billionaire's Image: Will It Last?

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh pumped $350 million into downtrodden downtown Las Vegas to make it a home for startups and a place young people want to live again. Three years in, is it working?

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All Things Considered

Yosemite Dawn Wall Climbers Reach The Top After 19 Days

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson finished their historic first free climb on El Capitan's Dawn Wall in Yosemite National Park. Melissa Block talks with the duo about their 19-day effort.

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Highflying Geese Save Energy By Swooping Like A Roller Coaster

Thursday, January 15, 2015

They could shoot up to 24,000 feet and maintain that altitude in a long-distance migration across the Himalayas. But it's more efficient for bar-headed geese to soar and dive, scientists find.

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This Year's Flu Vaccine Is Pretty Wimpy, But Can Still Help

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The vaccine is only about 23 percent effective against the dominant flu strain, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's because the strain mutated slightly.

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Why I Left The ER To Run Baltimore's Health Department

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Dr. Leana Wen decided to leave frontline medical care to tend to the city of Baltimore's health needs. Geography and circumstance shouldn't determine someone's health destiny, she says.

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Hawaii As 'Racial Paradise'? Bid For Obama Library Invokes A Complex Past

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Professor Ellen Wu writes about how the mythology — and the history — of Hawaii as a multicultural melting pot may affect its chances of hosting the Obama Presidential Library.

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Mojito Diplomacy: Chefs Plan Culinary Tours To Cuba

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Several Miami-area chefs are leading tours for Americans to experience the tastes — and farm scene — of the communist island nation. They hope to foster cross-cultural dialogue through food and drink.

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Health Insurance Prices: Highest In Alaska, Lowest In Sun Belt

Thursday, January 15, 2015

A look at the 10 least and 10 most expensive places for health insurance shows a wide gap in prices for the same level of coverage.

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