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Rubik's Cube, Bubbles And Green Army Men Join Toy Hall Of Fame

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Four well-loved toys are inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame, beating out fellow nominees such as the Operation skill game and Fisher-Price Little People.

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Gay-Marriage Bans Are Upheld In 4 States By Circuit Court

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Bans on same-sex marriage in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee were confirmed by a federal court Thursday, reversing lower courts' decisions.

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Book News: Netflix To Film Series From Lemony Snicket's 'Unfortunate Events'

Thursday, November 06, 2014

The streaming service reportedly plans to adapt A Series of Unfortunate Events into a TV show. In news of another stream, the Globe Theatre has put dozens of its Shakespeare productions online.

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Ebola Cases Seen Declining In Liberia, WHO Says In New Update

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

There are currently 13,042 confirmed or suspected cases of the deadly Ebola virus in six countries, the World Health Organization says.

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McConnell Says 'Senate Needs To Be Fixed,' Discussing GOP Gains

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

One day after the GOP took control of Congress, presumptive Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Republicans are willing to work with President Obama on some issues.

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Book News: Falconer's Memoir Pulls Down Britain's Top Nonfiction Honor

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

The win for Helen Macdonald's H Is for Hawk marks the first time that the Samuel Johnson Prize has gone to a memoir. Meanwhile, Lena Dunham answers sexual abuse allegations with a statement in Time.

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GMO Labeling: Colorado Voters Reject Food Measure; Maui Voters Approve

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

While more than half of U.S. states have contemplated similar GMO legislation, the only one that has come close to requiring a label is Vermont.

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Newly Released 'Fast And Furious' Documents Include A Slam On Issa

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Several details already have become the center of conversations, including one email in which outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder criticizes Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and his "idiot cronies."

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Fight For The Senate: Republicans Take Control, Adding 7 Seats

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

The Republicans will control both chambers of Congress next year. And in Virginia, a race between Democratic incumbent Mark Warner and Republican Ed Gillespie is coming down to the wire.

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2015 Emoji Update Will Include More Diverse Skin Tones

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

The Unicode Consortium had previously backed only one skin color, a yellow-orange tone it considered generic. But the group threw away that approach after a wide call for more variety.

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Federal Judge Overturns Kansas Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Today's injunction takes effect in one week, depending on whether the state appeals. The judge in the case said the state's ban on marriage between people of the same sex violates the 14th Amendment.

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Book News: Tom Hanks Turns To The Typewriter For His Debut Collection

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

The actor and director plans to write his first book of short stories, and he plans to make it about another collection — his personal trove of typewriters. Also: Jill Abramson details her startup.

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Invasive Bug Prompts Quarantine In Pennsylvania Townships

Monday, November 03, 2014

The spotted lanternfly has officially arrived in the U.S., and leaders in Pennsylvania are hoping it won't be staying long.

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Morning Edition

'Car Talk' Co-Host Tom Magliozzi Dies At 77

Monday, November 03, 2014

As half of the wisecracking NPR radio show, Tom Magliozzi made us laugh at our car problems. He and his brother, Ray, also taught us how things work.

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Book News: To Make This E-Book Sweeter, Just Add Product Placement

Monday, November 03, 2014

Makers of Sweet'N Low invested big bucks to appear in Find Me I'm Yours. But that's not the only noteworthy novel out this week: Denis Johnson, Ha Jin, Will Self and Richard Ford all have new books.

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5 Things To Know About The 2014 Midterm Election

Sunday, November 02, 2014

The balance of power in the House and Senate could be upended with Tuesday's vote. We break down some of the key themes and offer a few predictions.

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Daylight Saving Time No More: Clocks Fall Back

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Get ready for some early sunsets. At 2 a.m. Sunday morning, U.S. clocks moved one hour backward, officially ending Daylight Saving Time.

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Dallas Nurse Who Survived Ebola Gets Her Dog Back

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Nina Pham, the nurse who became the first person to contract the deadly Ebola virus on American soil, was reunited with her dog after the animal left quarantine in Dallas Saturday.

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40 Is The New Cute: Hello Kitty Celebrates Birthday

Saturday, November 01, 2014

The milestone inspired a Hello Kitty Con in Los Angeles this week. But the largest fete was in Tokyo, where parent company Sanrio put on a parade and other events.

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Three Years In Prison For Egyptian Men In Purported Gay Marriage Video

Saturday, November 01, 2014

The event included the presentation of a ring and a cake featuring two of the men. After a video was posted online, one site asked, "Is This Egypt's First Gay Marriage?"

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