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Congressional Republicans Take Another Swing At Obamacare

Thursday, January 08, 2015

The House passed a bill Thursday that would make a change in the Affordable Care Act. It would raise the law's definition of full-time work from 30 hours to 40 hours a week.

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Obama, GOP To Face Off Over Keystone XL Pipeline

Thursday, January 08, 2015

The Obama administration has threatened to veto a bill that would allow immediate construction of a controversial oil pipeline. But that threat is not stopping Republican lawmakers.

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FAA Clarifies Fuel Tax Rule, Municipalities To Lose Needed Funds

Thursday, January 08, 2015

The FAA ruled that all jet fuel tax revenue collected by states or local units of government must be spent on airports or aviation related programs, and not on roads, schools or other uses.

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Morning Edition

Environmentalists Push To Keep Canadian Crude In The Ground

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Many groups that oppose the Keystone XL pipeline also want, more broadly, to stop pollution-heavy extraction of crude from Canada's oil sands. They point to canceled or delayed projects as success.

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Will Low Oil Prices Affect Debate Over Keystone KL Pipeline?

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Oil prices continue their slide, falling below $50 a barrel. Does the slump factor into the debate over building the Keystone Pipeline which would carry oil from western Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast?

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Can Connecticut Force A Teenage Girl To Undergo Chemotherapy?

Thursday, January 08, 2015

A 17-year-old says she doesn't want to undergo treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma, but her doctors and the state say she will die without it. The Connecticut Supreme Court is hearing the case.

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Specialists Split Over HPV Test's Role In Cancer Screening

Thursday, January 08, 2015

An HPV test could replace the Pap smear for many women, two groups of physicians say. But other doctors, including the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, still urge dual testing.

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Judge Maintains Gag Order In Coal Mine Disaster Trial

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

The federal judge rejected motions by NPR and other news organizations to allow lawyers and others involved to talk about the case. The judge has also restricted access to court documents.

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Kirby Delauter, Who Didn't Want His Name In A News Story, Apologizes

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

The Frederick County, Md., council member was the subject of a tongue-in-cheek editorial by the Frederick News-Post after he said the newspaper couldn't use his name in a story without permission.

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All Things Considered

A Plan To Put Your Driver's License On Your Phone

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Smartphone and registration, please. Iowa is developing an app that would allow drivers to access a digitally encoded license instead of a conventional plastic ID card.

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Brain Scans May Help Predict Future Problems, And Solutions

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Brain imaging can help researchers tell if people are more likely to be able to quit smoking or have trouble with reading. But those tests aren't yet ready for the doctor's office or classroom.

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NYPD Commissioner Is A Man Caught In The Middle

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

The ongoing work slowdown by the NYPD puts police commissioner William Bratton in a tough spot. Bratton was hired to improve relations between the NYPD and the community, as he's credited with doing in Los Angeles. But first, he will have to ease tensions between city hall and the department's rank-and-file.

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In Midwest, Bitterly Cold Temps Keep Students At Home

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

In Chicago, a city that relishes their ability to deal with the harsh realities of winter the cold weather forced the closing of its schools on Wednesday. While classes were cancelled in over 100 districts, buildings were open to accept students who had nowhere to go and could not stay home alone.

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Cape Cod's Offshore Wind Project In Jeopardy

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

A controversial offshore wind project under development in Cape Cod has lost both of the buyers for its power. Without financing, Cape Wind is missing deadlines to deliver.

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Scientists Hit Antibiotic Pay Dirt Growing Finicky Bacteria In Lab

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

A natural compound kills germs that have become resistant to antibiotics, researchers say. If it works in humans, it could help combat diseases like tuberculosis.

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Oregon, Ohio, Wants You To Know They Are Buckeye Fans

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

As Ohio State gets ready to play Oregon in the college football championship, the town is temporarily changing its name. It will be known as: "Oregon, Ohio Buckeyes on the Bay, City of Duck Hunters."

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Man Who Didn't Want His Name In A News Story, Is Now A Story

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Frederick County, Md., Council Member Kirby Delauter threatened a local reporter with a lawsuit for using his name in a story without permission. The Frederick News-Post responded in an editorial.

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Should Minnesota Bid Adieu To The Midwest, Hello North?

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

A panel in Minnesota wants to establish a new region called the North. Supporters say it will help the area differentiate itself from other parts of the Midwest.

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New House Leadership Passes A Tax Cut 'Scoreboard'

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

"Dynamic scoring" would favor tax cuts as a way to bring in more revenue for the government. But critics of the system are calling it "a gimmick."

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NOAA To Upgrade Its Computer-Driven Weather Forecasts

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced it will boost its computer forecasting ability ten-fold. Steve Inskeep talks to Jason Samenow, weather editor of The Washington Post.

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