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South Sudan Signs Cease-Fire With Rebels

Thu, 2014-01-23 12:21

The agreement is aimed at ending five weeks of bloodshed that has claimed more than 10,000 lives. It is hoped the deal is a first step toward a broader peace agreement in the world's newest country.

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The Bit Of Sportsmanship That Led To Richard Sherman's Rant

Thu, 2014-01-23 12:02

A newly released video shows Richard Sherman was rebuffed by Michael Crabtree during the NFC Championship Game.

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Va. Gay Marriage Opponents Criticize Attorney General's Reversal

Thu, 2014-01-23 11:20

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced that his office will not defend the state's ban on gay marriage. Steve Inskeep speaks with Victoria Cobb of The Family Foundation about her group's opposition to the move.

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Golden Or Not? Tell Us What You Think Of New U.S. Olympic Uniforms

Thu, 2014-01-23 11:20

The Ralph Lauren-designed uniform to be worn by U.S. athletes during next week's opening ceremony at Sochi has been described as "hideously ugly."

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How Will Medicare Pull Back The Curtain On Pay For Doctors?

Thu, 2014-01-23 10:48

After successful legal challenges, Medicare will soon begin to release data about how much it pays doctors. The details remain unknown, but three recent projects offer clues. Don't expect an app or website that will be easy for consumers to use.

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Rather Than Joking About Justin Bieber, Watch This Video

Thu, 2014-01-23 10:10

On a day when the pop star is in the news for being arrested, watch what CBS-TV's Craig Ferguson said about why some celebrities need help, not ridicule. An alcoholic himself, Ferguson made the case that "we shouldn't be attacking the vulnerable people," especially those who are very young.

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Turns Out The Ancient Greeks Were Quite The Grill Masters

Thu, 2014-01-23 09:32

For a long time, archaeologists weren't sure what to make of the cookware excavated at ancient Mycenaean ruins in Greece. That is, until one researcher built replicas of the vessels to try to cook just like the Mycenaeans did.

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FBI Arrests Reputed Mobsters Linked To 1978 'GoodFellas' Heist

Thu, 2014-01-23 08:38

In a series of predawn raids, agents arrested five alleged mobsters in connection with the decades-old robbery of $5 million in cash and $1 million in jewels from a Lufthansa cargo building at JFK International airport.

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Weekly Innovation: A Radiation Detector In Your Smartphone

Thu, 2014-01-23 08:05

Scientists at the Idaho National Laboratory created and tested an Android app that could allow your smartphone to detect gamma radiation. They say the technology could be used as radiation detectors by first responders.

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An Innovative Plan To Reel In Sport Fishermen To Feed The Hungry

Thu, 2014-01-23 07:55

Fish is an important part of a healthful diet, but it can be hard to come by for groups that feed the hungry. A brand-new scheme being launched this week in Maine aims to change that, by getting the state's many sport fishermen to donate catch that would otherwise be discarded.

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An Innovative Plan To Reel In Sport Fishermen To Feed The Hungry

Thu, 2014-01-23 07:55

Fish is an important part of a healthful diet, but it can be hard to come by for groups that feed the hungry. A brand new scheme being launched this week in Maine aims to change that, by getting the state's many sport fishermen to donate catch that would otherwise be discarded.

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Pentagon Relaxes Uniform Rules To Allow Religious Headgear

Thu, 2014-01-23 07:39

The new regulations would grant exceptions on a case-by-case basis for the wearing of turbans or yarmulkes, as well as beards or tattoos with religious significance.

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Twin Toilets In Sochi: Some Wonder Why That's A Big Deal

Thu, 2014-01-23 07:14

It's a picture that's been swirling around the Web: side-by-side toilets in the men's room at one of the Winter Olympics sites in Russia. Should overly sensitive sorts just calm down? Or is this a symbol of an Olympics where much of the money has been figuratively flushed?

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DOJ Alleges Fraudulent Security Checks By Firm That Vetted Snowden

Thu, 2014-01-23 06:31

Justice says U.S. Investigations Services, the company that cleared both the NSA leaker and Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis, expedited hundreds of thousands of cases that weren't properly reviewed.

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Sales Of Existing Homes Hit 7-Year High In 2013

Thu, 2014-01-23 06:00

There's more evidence that the housing sector has come out of its deep slump. The day's other key economic indicator: The number of people who applied for unemployment insurance barely changed last week. The pace remained near where it was before the economy slipped into its 2007-2009 recession.

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Many Missing After Massive Fire At Seniors' Home In Quebec

Thu, 2014-01-23 05:08

Flames tore through a seniors' residence early Thursday in a town about 280 miles northeast of Montreal. At least three people were killed. Early reports from officials on the scene indicated that as many as 30 more people had not been accounted for in the hours immediately after the blaze.

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In Ukraine, Protesters Warn They'll Go 'On The Attack'

Thu, 2014-01-23 04:25

The clashes with security forces turned deadly Wednesday. Two demonstrators were reportedly shot and killed. The body of another was later found. Protesters have been demanding that President Viktor Yanukovych hold early elections. They've given him one more day to agree.

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A Different Kind Of Catholicism Grows In Latino Communities

Thu, 2014-01-23 02:00

The "Charismatic" movement involves worshipping with exuberance, miraculous healings, prophesying and establishing a personal connection with God — and the number of converts is growing. According to a recent survey by NPR, about one-third of Latino Catholics in the U.S. identify as "Charismatic."

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Spain Exits Bailout In A Sign Of Progress, Not Full Recovery

Thu, 2014-01-23 00:47

Spain's banking system is officially marking the end of its reliance on bailout loans from Europe — only the second eurozone country to do so. Although the banking system may be on surer footing, the overall economy — with youth unemployment pushing 60 percent — still has a long way to go.

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Spain Exits Bailout In A Sign Of Progress, Not Full Recovery

Thu, 2014-01-23 00:47

Spain's banking system is officially marking the end of its reliance on bailout loans from Europe — only the second eurozone country to do so. Although the banking system may be on surer footing, the overall economy — with youth unemployment pushing 60 percent — still has a long way to go.

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