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Around the Nation
5:33 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Should Minnesota Bid Adieu To The Midwest, Hello North?

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 6:50 pm

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Economy
4:35 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Greek Opposition Party Seizes On Anger Over Austerity Measures

Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 11:35 am

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4:07 am
Wed January 7, 2015

That's So Joe: How The Senate Swearing-In Became Must-See TV

Vice President Joe Biden takes a selfie with Sen. Jeanne Shaheen's grandson A.J. Bellabona during Tuesday's ceremonial swearing-in ceremony.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 11:35 am

Administering the oath of office to the U.S. Senate sounds like a mundane job. That task falls to the vice president.

But the current occupant of that office, Joe Biden, turns it into an event that's so joyful, and so lacking the partisan rancor that typically dominates American politics, that it's almost hard to believe that you're watching a scene from Washington.

Every two years, a third of the U.S. Senate is elected — and there's a formal oath-taking on the Senate floor. But then, right afterward, each senator takes his or her turn in a ceremonial swearing in.

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4:07 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Boston Time Capsule Reveals Colonial Trove

Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 11:35 am

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In this country, we now know the contents of a time capsule that is nearly as old as the country itself. Here's Bruce Gellerman of WBUR in Boston.

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Sports
5:28 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Oregon Ducks' Football Team To Change Uniforms

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 9:34 am

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Around the Nation
5:28 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Wayne State University Releases Annual Word Lists

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 9:34 am

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Politics
4:00 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Speaker Election Reveals Split Among Some House Republicans

If Rep. John Boehner secures re-election as speaker of the House on Tuesday, the task at hand will be governing. Boehner's expanded rank and file now includes members from some of the bluest states in the country.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 11:39 am

The modern Republican Party is rooted in the South. But there's little evidence of that when it comes to congressional leadership.

When the new Congress begins its session, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky will lead Senate Republicans. Across the Capitol, though, it's not a Southerner that will wield the gavel. It's Ohio Republican John Boehner, a pragmatist who is ideologically — and geographically — distant from many of the members he will again lead if elected for a third term as speaker of the House.

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NPR Story
4:00 am
Tue January 6, 2015

2 Promising U.S. Skiers Killed In Alps Avalanche

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 9:34 am

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4:00 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Lebanon Imposes Restrictions On Syrian Refugees

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 9:34 am

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4:00 am
Tue January 6, 2015

3 States Counter Obama's Proposal For Medicaid Expansion

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 12:15 pm

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Around the Nation
5:33 am
Mon January 5, 2015

County Barks At Couple: Parts Of Treehouse Must Be Removed

Originally published on Mon January 5, 2015 6:57 am

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Around the Nation
5:33 am
Mon January 5, 2015

N.J. Gov. Christie Proud To Be A Dallas Cowboys' Fan

Originally published on Mon January 5, 2015 6:57 am

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Middle East
4:02 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Tunisian Craftsman Worries Oud Making Will Die Out

Originally published on Mon January 5, 2015 6:57 am

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Religion
4:02 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Pope Francis Announces 20 New Cardinals

Originally published on Mon January 5, 2015 6:57 am

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Analysis
4:02 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Previewing The New Year's Political Landscape

Originally published on Mon January 5, 2015 6:57 am

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Around the Nation
5:29 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Couple Marries At Rose Bowl Tailgate

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 6:57 am

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Around the Nation
5:29 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Cat Accidentally Given Away With Sold Mattress

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 6:57 am

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4:02 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Juvenile Incarceration Rates Are Down; Racial Disparities Rise

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 6:57 am

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4:02 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Democrats' Problem: White, Working-Class Voters

Originally published on Sun January 4, 2015 4:21 am

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Here's the flip side of a common political discussion. We hear often that Republicans have a problem with race. Their share of the minority vote has gone down to record lows.

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Business
4:02 am
Fri January 2, 2015

High-Tech Tools Help Irish Dairy Farmers Produce More Milk

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 6:57 am

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Around the Nation
5:54 am
Thu January 1, 2015

Iowa Woman Cited For Mailing Neighbors Cow Poop

Originally published on Thu January 1, 2015 6:48 am

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Around the Nation
4:22 am
Thu January 1, 2015

Heart Emoji Got Much Attention In 2014

Originally published on Thu January 1, 2015 6:48 am

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Movies
4:05 am
Thu January 1, 2015

If You're Not Watching Sports, It's A Great Day To Watch A Movie

Originally published on Thu January 1, 2015 6:48 am

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Middle East
4:05 am
Thu January 1, 2015

Egyptian Court Orders Al-Jazeera Journalists To Be Retried

Originally published on Thu January 1, 2015 6:48 am

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Sports
6:49 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Aaron Rodgers' Good Luck Ritual Caught On TV

Originally published on Wed December 31, 2014 7:09 am

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Around the Nation
6:49 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Netflix Can Help Kids Get To Bed Early New Year's Eve

Originally published on Wed December 31, 2014 7:09 am

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Movie Reviews
4:03 am
Wed December 31, 2014

'A Most Violent Year' Captures You And Doesn't Let Go

Originally published on Wed December 31, 2014 11:12 am

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World
4:03 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Need A New Year's Ritual? We Have Some Ideas

Originally published on Wed December 31, 2014 7:09 am

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Asia
4:03 am
Wed December 31, 2014

2014 Got Off To A Tense Start For China

Originally published on Wed December 31, 2014 7:09 am

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Around the Nation
4:03 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Grucci Family To Shower Las Vegas With Giant Fireworks Display

Originally published on Wed December 31, 2014 7:09 am

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Now, this New Year's Eve is a day of celebration for some, and for others, a day of work.

PHIL GRUCCI: There's about 75 pyrotechnicians preparing for that proverbial push of the button at midnight.

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