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Consumer Agency Launches Tool To Help You Find A Cheaper Mortgage

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

For many Americans, buying a house is the biggest financial transaction of their lives, but a new federal report says half of buyers don't shop around for a better interest rate on their mortgage.

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Smoke-Filled Subway Train Leaves 1 Dead, 84 Hospitalized In D.C.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Two passengers remain in critical condition after a train stalled in a tunnel outside a major junction in the system, then flooded with smoke.

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All Things Considered

The Story Behind '40 Acres And A Mule'

Monday, January 12, 2015

As the Civil War was winding down 150 years ago, Union leaders asked their men how they could help the thousands of newly freed slaves.

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An Exhibit Offers A Different Angle On Life In Public Housing

Monday, January 12, 2015

An exhibit in Brooklyn aims to upend stereotypes about public housing by profiling residents and their achievements. The curators know their subject well; they once lived in public housing themselves.

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Imagining A Future When The Doctor's Office Is In Your Home

Monday, January 12, 2015

You can now monitor your heart rhythm with your cellphone. Dr. Eric Topol imagines a day when patients will be doing a lot more of their own medical testing, with doctors as advisers.

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In South Carolina, Class Action Lawsuit Pits Foster Kids Against State

Monday, January 12, 2015

After years of high profile problems — including the death of five children and cries of inaction — the South Carolina Department of Social Services is facing a new hurdle. Foster care children in the state have banded together in a class action lawsuit to demand changes.

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Obama: 'If We're Going To Be Connected, Then We Need To Be Protected'

Monday, January 12, 2015

The president is calling for new measures to protect consumers against identity theft and to safeguard students' electronic privacy.

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New York City ID Could Open Up Doors — And Privacy Concerns

Monday, January 12, 2015

New York City launched the largest municipal ID program in the country on Monday. All New Yorkers age 14 and older may apply, regardless of immigration status.

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All Things Considered

In Battle Over Church Signs, Is Ariz. Town Being 'A Little Unreasonable'?

Monday, January 12, 2015

In a case before the Supreme Court Monday, an Arizona town maintains that Good News Community Church's signs are temporary directional signs for events, and thus limited to 6 square feet.

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U.Va. Reinstates Fraternity Accused In 'Rolling Stone' Rape Story

Monday, January 12, 2015

Phi Kappa Psi was at the center of a story alleging a 2012 gang rape at its house at the University of Virginia. The fraternity has consistently denied that events detailed in the article took place.

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Your Online Avatar May Reveal More About You Than You'd Think

Monday, January 12, 2015

Even if your avatar for games and social media doesn't look at all like you, it still says a lot about your personality, a study finds. Want to look friendly? Skip the shades; wear a sweater.

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NYPD Officers Have Faced Light Punishments For Chokeholds, Report Finds

Monday, January 12, 2015

The inspector general found chokeholds were sometimes used as a first act of physical force and in the 10 cases reviewed, most officers were given light punishments.

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Morning Edition

35 Years Later, Guy With Metal Detector Finds Lost Class Ring

Monday, January 12, 2015

In 1979, Robert Fowler was a teenager catching waves on a California beach when his class ring ended up in the Pacific. Larry Feurzeig, who recently was on the beach with a metal detector, found it.

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Morning Edition

Lobbyists Adjust To GOP Majority On Capitol Hill

Monday, January 12, 2015

Congress is now controlled entirely by Republicans. In the nation's capital, how are the lobbying businesses re-calibrating?

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Morning Edition

Oregon Football Fans Are Confident Their Team Will Beat Ohio State

Monday, January 12, 2015

The first college football championship game of the new playoff system will be played Monday night in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. It's the Oregon Ducks versus the Ohio State Buckeyes.

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Morning Edition

Regulators Take Action Against Delinquent Mines

Monday, January 12, 2015

In reaction to an NPR/MSHN investigation, federal regulators, a member of Congress and others are considering ways to crack down on mining companies that fail to pay delinquent mine safety penalties.

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Demonstrators In Birmingham, Ala., Rally In Support Of Police

Monday, January 12, 2015

It's been rough for the nation's police departments over the last several months. Many are dealing with mounting criticism after black men died in encounters with police in Missouri and New York.

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Buckeye Fans Have No Doubt Ohio State Will Win The Championship

Monday, January 12, 2015

Gov. John Kasich is being sworn in for a second term, and his inaugural party will essentially become a black-tie tailgate. There will be big-screen TVs for guests who don't want to miss the game.

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Morning Edition

Iowa's Largest City Sues Over Farm Fertilizer Runoff In Rivers

Monday, January 12, 2015

Fertilizer runoff has provoked a confrontation between Des Moines and the farms that surround it. The city's water utility wants to sue neighboring counties for nitrates in the Raccoon River.

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Morning Edition

The Doctor Who Championed Hand-Washing And Briefly Saved Lives

Monday, January 12, 2015

One of the most important medical advances may also be the simplest: hand-washing. It's the best defense against spreading disease. And its power was discovered long before anyone knew about germs.

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